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31st July - Today's News: TS Flossie Hits Hawaii, but not N Carolina ....

After attracting widespread scorn, a laughably erroneous weather story in IBT has been removed.   The journalist responsible did genuinely appear to think that weekend rain and floods in North Carolina were caused by (Pacific) Tropical Storm Flossie!    And we thought UK media weather stories were bad.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Flossie downgraded from storm; Hawaii rainy, windy
Arizona officials weigh 'stupid motorist law' for tour bus driver in flood - I wish we had a similar law in this country, if only for the idiots who deliberately drive into floods in Britain every year.....

Last weekend saw record rainfall for Philadelphia, flooding for entire region

Rare atmospheric phenomemon over Armagh - a sprite!

Tornadoes and floods strike across Sweden

Czechs hit pools and swimming holes on hottest day of year
at the weekend, whilst storms hit across France

And where W&ESN leads, the BBC follow, reporting that China issues heat alert as 'hottest July' hits Shanghai

30th July - Today's News: Record Shanghai Heat Wave

29th July - Today's News: Heat Wave & Hailstones in Europe

Heatwave fries Poland
Hailstorm deals 'catastrophic' damage to Burgundy vineyards  whilst ping-pong ball hail hits the southwest of Germany

And the warmest day so far this year sees near-record level temperatures recorded in Switzerland
As the weather turns a little cooler in Britain, heavy thunderstorms cause problems in some parts over the weekend.   Fire at Greenock house may have been caused by lightning.  In Ireland, hospital evacuated after storms cause flood chaos.    And there's more thunder and lightning predicted for today following heavy downpours over the weekend.   Current signs are that unsettled, though still mostly quite warm, weather will continue well into August - wet if you catch the showers, but pleasant in the sun if you don't.   Some hot days in the SE also likely.
Bus swept away in Arizona flash flood
Hawaii braces for weakened tropical storm Flossie
A possible record heat wave continues in Siberia
Arctic cyclone chews up rotten northern sea ice
Cold…

24th JUly - Today's News: Lightning Strikes and Flash Floods Across England

Heavy rain causes flooding in Nottinghamshire where they had over a month's worth fall in a day (67.8mm) - closer to home, Pershore saw 56.4mm - also over a month's worth of rain - fall yesterday,  twice as much as fell a few miles away in Evesham (we had 28.5mm).  Meanwhile, lightning 'explodes' church tower in Ramsbottom and the usual photos from the Daily Mail as spectacular storms across Britain destroy homes
And rather interesting to see that UK forests still feeling the impacts of 1976 drought (though that should of course be the 1975-76 drought)
'Rivers of rain' to make severe floods twice as likely by end of century
North American Monsoon batters US and Mexico
Deadly cold grips South America with parts of southern Brazil blanketed by snow - a sight not seen in 38 years
Indonesia prepares cloud seeding as haze returns
 Tropical ecosystems regulate variations in Earth's carbon dioxide levels - but what happens when the tropical ecosystem has all been tur…

23rd July - Today's News: Storms Follow Hottest Day for 7 years

Well that was fun!   First decent thunderstorm in ages - even saw some CG lightning.   With varying intensity it lasted the best part of 3 hours and produced over 28mm of rain. Storms follow hottest day for years and plenty of pictures in the Daily Mail as summer ends with a bang (although summer is far from over!)
Family flees Gillingham home after lightning starts fire as storm batters Kent and causes chaos for Southeastern passengers
And Irish heatwave over as rain and clouds make unwelcome return
Meanwhile, wild weekend weather causes storm damage, flash flooding in parts of Canada and last Friday storm a 'weather war' climatologist says
Heatwave and pollution alert issued in France
Severe drought plagues northeast Brazil
Rescue teams in China's quake-hit Gansu - death toll currently 94

New Zealand tectonic fault larger than thought
Alaska looks for answers in glacier's summer flood surges
David Shukman asks why has global warming stalled?  I ask, who says it has?   Me…

22nd July - Today's News: The CIA Investigates Geoengineering

Relief at last! Beautiful rainbow appears over New York City as heatwave finally lets up whilst elsewhere in the US, heavy rains flood Phoenix area; prompt road closures
Here in Britain, National Farmers' Union issues grass fires warning as hot weather continues but there are  storms expected after temperatures peak early in week - though it still looks like remaining quite warm in the south until at least the weekend.   Meanwhile, in Scotland, as sunbathers sizzle in 32c temperatures on the beach .... there's snow in the hills - a nice scene from Loch Morlich, where the temperature actually reached 29.6c
After Melbourne saw it's warmest July day on record on Thursday, weekend coldest in 13 years.   And meanwhile rains bring welcome relief for farmers in Tasmania
Torrential rain suspends railway operations in NW China
China's Gansu province hit by powerful earthquakes whilst New Zealand earthquake damages Wellington parliament
Too little too late?   Deforestation in Afric…

20th July - Today's News: Trees, Wildlife, Roads Suffer in Heat

19th July - Today's News: The Heat Goes On

2 weeks into the heatwave and at last the end is in sight - although not for another week.  And it looks like we could see a nice thundery breakdown - which apart from anything else will bring some much needed rain (and maybe some flash flooding).   But that's not till next week.  For now, heatwave takes hold with Britain on wildfire alert - that figure of 15% average rainfall presumably applies to the UK as a whole: many places have seen no rain at all so far this month.   There's also fire and health warnings as hot weather continues in Scotland  - something not mentioned there is that hillwalkers also need to be aware that many smaller burns will have dried up, meaning fewer sources of fresh water on the hill.

In Peterborough, rare'dust devil' photographed at Posh stadium
Meanwhile, over in the USA, hot weather stuck in reverse over East
California fire prompts 6,000 residents to flee
Rain on the way after winds buffet South Australia, leaving 4,000 homes without powe…

17th July - Today's News: Heatwave Continues

Met Office increases health alert level as UK hot weather continues, but there are no plans to impose a hosepipe ban - fortunately we had a wet winter which replenished reservoir and groundwater supplies, so despite the heat and lack of recent rain (just 0.5mm this month in Evesham) we're in a much better position than we were in 2011.

Oh, and by the way, the highest temp this year - so far - is now reported by the MetO as 31.5c in Somerset on Saturday.   Not 31.9c as reported by the Daily Mail (which ironically includes a screenshot of the MetO website showing the latest temp data!) - lots of pictures of scantily glad girls there though......

'Wizard of Oz' whirlwind hits girls' school in Whitley, near Reading.  Probably a dust devil.
Wild weather rocks the US: Brutal heatwave bakes Northeast as wildfires rage in California and severe storms hit Southwest
Tsunami could swamp Cornwall, scientists warn - that's if there's a massive earthquake off Portugal

And researc…

16th July 2013 - Torrential Rain, Floods, Landslides in Korean Peninusular

15th July - Today's News: The Heat Is On

Saturday saw 31.6c in my back garden (30.8c at Pershore College); a little cooler at 29.1c on Sunday.  Currently indications are that across the south of Britain the heatwave will persist for at least another 10 days with temps typically in the 26-28c range inland, and a good chance on most days that that somewhere may see 30c+.   Temps not quite on a par with July 2006 but certainly the 'best' heatwave we've had since then.  It could be the longest hot spell in a decade - especially if, as I suspect, any cooler weather, currently indicated by models as setting in towards the end of the month (if it occurs - and I'm not yet convinced it will)  is just temporary.  As we've seen in recent years, once patterns get established they become very hard to shift.  All due to a weaker jet stream.

The hottest place on Sunday was Bournemouth which recorded 31c as Bournemouth beach attracts 120,000 visitors in heatwave - good news at least for those involved in the tourist indu…

13th July - Today's News: Typhoon Soulik Hits Taiwan

Typhoon Soulik makes landfall in Taiwan
Dust storm grounds some flights at Arizona airport
Smoke from Canadian wildfires observed in Europe
In NZ, flooding cuts off Wairarapa town
Air pollution responsible for more than 2 million death worldwide each year, expert say
Durrow, in Co Laois, yesterday became the first place in the British Isles to hit 30c this summer - but it looks like quite a few places will be following suite today.   With even higher temperatures likely over the next couple of weeks as the heat continues to build.    Records could be broken before month end.
And the forecast for 2018 is cloudy with record heat.  Not sure I like the sound of that ......  !

12th July - Today's News: British Heatwave to Intensify

10th July - Today's News: Heat Disrupts Trains in Scotland

9th July - Today's News: Flash Floods in Toronto After Record Rainfall

Toronto storms leave 300,000 without power with hundreds rescued from flooded GO train
And a crazy hail storm in Alberta, Canada on July 6 2013 left a distinct trail on the ground
In India, Assam flood situation remains critical
Stormy waters lie ahead for both Atlantic and Pacific
Shame on the Sunday Times as the MetO are forced to point out yet again that despite lies peddled by the gutter press, they made no prediction for a 'decade of wash-out summers'
China free coal policy in the north 'cut lifespans' due to the resulting increase in pollution
Some good news as studies show deserts 'greening' from rising carbon dioxide
And it's just remotely possible that Antarctic Lake Vostok 'might have fish'

8th July 2013 - Weather Extremes in USA

Hail storm leaves a white carpet in New Mexico while a couple die from extreme heat in Utah as other areas are hit by floods
A little sunburnt today after spending much of yesterday sat in the garden (mostly in the shade) as temperatures reached 28.9c.    Sunday was hottest day of the year and there's more sizzling weather to come - whilst it may not be quite so warm everyday, it looks like staying warm and dry in the south for another 2 weeks. 
In NZ, tornado touches down near Palmerston North whilst in Canada, tornado touches down near Roblin
Antarctic Lake Vostok brurried under two miles of ice found to teem with life

6th July - Today's News: Heatwaves Hit Britain & NE USA

Summer has arrived in Britain and, across the south at least, looks set to stay for some considerable time.  Temperatures are predicted to get close to 30c in the Home Counties, and perhaps across towards Worcestershire on Sunday (my garden, for example) though it may turn just slightly cooler through next week.   But it's agony for hay fever sufferers as temperatures oar to 30c
And the US sees wild holiday weather as heat and humidity heads to the North East

Calgary hit with flash floods from heavy rain
Arizona's deadly Yarnell wildfire nears Endgame
In NZ, wild night leaves Cantabrians without power
Huge waves hit Chile and Peru
Arctic sea ice cover is smaller, younger, thinner - although extent is so far greater than this time last year. a record melt by September would be no surprise
Scientists find the origins of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent
And showing the Irish really are daft as a brush, Republic of Ireland time zone change considered by Parliament - shifting to A…

5th July - Today's News: Foot of Hail Falls in New Mexico

Now that's what I call a thunderstorm: over a foot of hail swamps New Mexico town

More details emerging on the Yarnell Hill tragedy where 19 firefighters died from Cliff Mass's weather blog and Climate Central.   Sadly, it appears the disaster could have been avoided had meteorological insight been provided at the time.  Meanwhile, the fire rages on although deadly Arizona fire nearly half-contained, say officials.
Summer arrives in Britain (about time, some say!) with heatwave to last until mid-July in England and Wales, say forecasters - though it may turn more unsettled in Scotland before then.  I have a feeling that it may be longer than that though.  Models do not handle strong blocks over the UK very well and invariably suggest them breaking down sooner than actually occurs.   This could be a record breaker, or at least one on par with 2006.
In the US, two more deaths blamed on Las Vegas heat wave whilst in New England, 1 missing in Vt. flooding, rebuilt road hit again
Su…

3rd July - Today's News: Canada Heatwave

2nd July - Today's News: US Heatwave Spreads

Arizona blaze rages on as 19 dead firefighters are named
Meanwhile, record-toppling heat heads north, and it's 'just going to get hotter' - 129.6f was recorded in Death Valley on Sunday, the USA's highest ever recorded June temperature.  The world record hasn't broken yet though.
Nat Geo have quite a good interview with Martin Tingley, from Harvard Uni on what's behind the heat wave: climate change or weather?
Tornado batters parts of New Jersey
A warmer than average July ahead, predicts Met Office - I may even beat the 29.6c recorded in my garden during the "cold, wet" July we had last year ...... !  It does look like being a very dry month, which after only half the normal rainfall here in June, and with only May this year producing just above average rainfall, may not be a good thing long term.  Hopefully clear night skies will give a chance of seeing the mysterious summer clouds of the night - aka nocties
Tourists stranded, trains halted after Tr…

1st July - Today's News: 19 Firefighters Killed by Arizona Wildfire During Extreme Heat Wave