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Tuesday 30th December - Today's News: Lightning Kills Four on Brazil Beach

29th December - Today's News: Thousands Stranded as Heavy Snow Hits Europe

Winter finally arrived in Europe over the weekend with the French Alps worst hit as snow strands thousands of motorists in Savoy
A chilly night in Britain as lowest temperatures of 2014 recorded - I reached -3.9c which as well as the coldest temperature of the year is only just above the lowest recorded in 2013 as well (-4.1c) - it's at least three years now since we last had what I would consider a decent frost (below -5c)
Snowstorm paralyses major Russian highway - though the pictures don't make it look all that bad, certainly by Russian standards
In Sri Lanka dozens dead and more than 100,000 lose homes in mudslides with more rain forecast for flood-hit SE Asia

Storm Seniang: thousands flee as floods hit southern Philippines
Delhi records lowest temperature in five years
Sun's sizzling X-rays photographed from space

27th December - Today's News: Seasonal Floods in SE Asia Worst in Decades

23rd December - Today's News: Several Dead in Indian Cold Spell

Intense cold claims several lives across north India - deaths of homeless beggars are not uncommon there in winter as temperatures drop close to freezing
Floods hit Thailand and Malaysia
Passengers rescued from Glasgow train that drove into freak flood on Sunday night
Piers Corbyn has tweeted his Christmas forecast - which, er, is wrong from the very start since in order for it to turn less cold with thaw floods we would have needed it to have first been cold with lying snow!   Any local flooding is due to normal heavy rain (which was not preceeded by snow) and it looks like turning colder and dry over Christmas, with no snow on Christmas Eve (except in the Scottish Highlands) and no pounding of sea defences in Ireland or the SW, though there could be stormy conditions in the North Sea at the weekend - exact details remain uncertain as models struggle to determine the course of a low pressure system that is expected to undergo rapid cyclogenesis.   There's a small chance some plac…

22nd December - Today's News: Arctic Warming Faster

As mentioned on Saturday, heavy rain in Scotland yesterday, now moving slowly down through northern England and into Wales has brought some localised flooding as dozens rescued from flooded Asda store in Kilmarnock
Strong winds sweep through Poland
India fog causes Delhi travel chaos
More die in flooding in Thai south
'Tipping points' for sea level rise-related flooding determined

And the Arctic is warming twice as fast as world average according to NOAA's latest Arctic Report Card

20th December - Today's News: Hail and Lightning Strike Highlands

Hailstones 'the size of marbles' rain down in storm causing damage on Lewis whilst at Fassfern near Fort William, victims tell of fear as lightning hits four village homes in one night
No snow for Anchorage as strange weather lingers in Alaska's largest city
New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs' extinction - it wasn't just the Chicxulub impact wot done it, it was the Deccan Traps eruptions too.  Probably.  As I have always thought.
And it's not just silly humans who like playing in the snow, birds build snow tunnels for fun too

19th December - Today's News: 11 Dead in Japanese Snowstorm

Snow storm death toll in Japan rises; forecasters warn bad weather to continue
Although we're not looking at anything like the problems last Christmas, flooding causes train and road disruption in Powys and there is more rain likely over the coming days, so some further localised flooding is possible both in Wales, and in the Highlands as lying snow melts early next week, before it turns a bit cooler and drier again for Christmas (any snow on the 25th likely to be limited to Scottish hills).  Worth noting as well that the post-Christmas period could bring more problems with both wind and rain.
'Ice pancakes' found floating on the River Dee
South-east Queensland left battered by storms again
During last April's big tornado outbreak in the US, it appears that some birds 'heard tornados coming' and fled one day ahead
9 hurt, 1 missing after volcano erupts in Indonesia
Satelite date indicate 2014 will not be warmest year on record, but among top several - though for s…

18th December - Today's News: Denmark Records Warmest Ever Year

Denmark has its hottest year on record - and it seems likely a few other countries, including the UK, may follow.
5 dead in snow-related accidents, travel disrupted in Japan Severe storms hit Brisbane and Ipswich leaving thousands without power
Satellites measure increase in Sun's energy absorbed in the Arctic
And the Met Office have issued their 2015 global mean temperature forecast with a not surprising expectation that it will be one of the warmest on record

17th December - Today's News: Recent Increase in UK Warm Weather Records

16th December - Today's News: More Rain In Califonia

15th December - Today's News: Met Office Criticise Media 'Weather Bomb' Hysteria

When is a weather bomb not a weather bomb?   When it's used to describe a storm that undergoes rapid cyclogenesis thousands of miles away and doesn't even approach the British Isles ....   The Met Office rightly criticial of the media hysteria about last week's quite normal weather.
Meanwhile, Piers Corbyn has been tying himself in knots (and even getting get a bit of criticism published on his own website) over his failed forecast of widespead cold and snow - with 'feet' of snow in NE England ....  Apparently it was all down to the lack of fronts - so when it was cold it was dry - and then when there were fronts it wasn't cold enough .... and the Germans pinched it all!  Except even in Germany there was just some light snow on Thursday evening that caused traffic congestion, due to icy roads, on autobahns  around Hessen.  Nothing notable even there.  He has also ignored the fact that we had a west or northwesterly airflow throughout, rather than the northeaste…

13th Deecmber - Today's News: California Storm Triggers LA Tornado and Mudslides

12th December - Today's News: Storm Brings Flooding to California

11th December - Today's News: Winds Hit 144mph on St Kilda as Lightning Cuts Power

10th December - Today's News: Strong Storm Impacts Northern Britain

'Weather bomb' storm brings disruption to northern UK  But it is worth noting that the storm 'bombed' - ie underwent rapid cyclogenesis, deepening quickly - whilst it was still off Greenland and has in fact filled slightly as it has moved eastwards, far to the north of Scotland (so it's not hit us at all).  But you know what the media are like when they get hold of a sexy sounding weather term!  Nor is this the 'storm of the century' - it's not anywhere near on a par with the 2005 'Hebridean Hurricane', nor even some of last winter's storms.  The Met Office give us a closer look at 'weather bomb' and sets the record straight - but the media will undoubtedly ignore the facts in favour of scarier fiction ....

Meanwhile Piers Corbyn has gone public with his forecast for 12-16 December warning of feet of snow in parts of Britain (and he clearly does not mean the high tops of the Cairngorms) as northeasterly winds bring very cold temperatu…

9th December - Today's News: Violent Storms Continue in Eastern Australia

Queensland storms: hail in southern Brisbane after heavy rain and strong winds on southern Gold Coast and fist-sized hailstones reported as violent storm lashes Murwillumbah
Disruption to travel services as stormy weather batters Scotland with heavy rain today before more snow showers and severe gales bring blizzard conditions to the hills.  There are also 'unusually high' waves forecast for Scotland whilst it's predicted the storm will bring 70ft waves and icy weather to coasts of Eire too.  Could also turn very windy (and wet) down south later on Thursday into Friday.   A stormy week then, but only what you expect in December.

And it's looking stormy down the eastern side of North America too with 'incredible' subtropical storms to drench B.C. and in San Francisco, warning of the biggest rain storm since 2008 to hit the Bay area
Do not panic about lack of snow in the Alps yet, say forecasters
Unruly autumnal weather wreaks havoc in Portugal

In the Czech Republic,…

8th December - Today's News: Typhoon Hagupit Sweeps Across Philippines

3rd December - Today's News: Ice Storm Hits Central Europe

2nd December - Today's News: CO2 Link to Global Warming Confirmed

1st December - Today's News: More Record Heat in Australia

29th November - Today's News: Four Dead as More Flash Floods Hit Southern France

Yet more floods in south of France leave four dead
Israel's rain-logged capital lashed by winter storm
It never rains but it pours as floods hit drought stricken Brazil
A rare, accurate newspaper story about the prospects of snow this winter: an Arctic freeze? Snowstorms?  The worst winter on record?  Probably not says Met Office after cold weather warnings.   But the less said about the Daily Mail's misleading headline the better (there may be a little snow over some hills in Scotland on Monday, but that is all and it's notable only in that there has been so little so far!).  To be fair, several other media outlets are running the same headlines, which will no doubt lead to cries of "where is the snow they forecast?" and "the Met Office got it wrong again!" as well as triumphant calls from certain quarters that "see, we said there would be snow!".   You just can't win.

And I beg to disagree with the suggestion that "we have not seen a…

28th November - Today's News: State of Emergency declared After Gaza Floods

27th November - Today's News: Brisbane Battered by Golf Ball Sized Hail

Brisbane storms catches city by surprise with widspread damage from winds and golf ball sized hailstones.  And in the west, wild storm brings havoc to Perth
Thanksgiving Day disruption as nor'easter storm blasts eastern US with heavy rain and snow
What happens in Siberia if it's so cold the brakes on the plane freeze? "If you want to fly, give the plane a push"
A report from the Royal Society reports that risk from extreme weather is set to rise (which to be fair, would be the case whatever was going on with the climate, simply by virtue of more and more people living in places already prone to extreme weather events, or even, as in Britain, just living on existing floodplains).

And other studies likewise tells us only what we already knew (and I've mentioned here numerous times over the past few years) that geo-engineering: climate fixes 'could harm billions'
Renewables 'biggest power source' in Scotland.  Except when it is very cold or very hot an…

25th November - Today's News: Strong Winds Cause Damage in Toronto

24th November - Today's News: Dozens Dead in Morrocan Flash Flood

22nd November - Today's News: October Was Yet Another Warmest Ever Month

Sadly, regional newspapers have been conned into publishing more utter crap as, for example, it is claimed snow and record low temperatures could hit south west within days.  The story is just a repeat of the lies Nathan Rao spread earlier in the week and shows that regional media are no better than anyone else at checking basic facts!  Mind the Telegraph isn't much better warning winter to arrive with below-freezing icy blast - with overnight temperatures predicted to fall to -4c in the Scottish Highlands on Sunday!  Oh my!  There is no unusually cold weather on the horizon and certainly no snow apart from some transient falls over higher hills, mainly in Scotland - and we're set to see November end as yet another warmer than normal month.
Meanwhile, the heat goes on: Earth headed for warmest year on record as NOAA data confirms October the warmest ever recorded.  The 4th such this year.  So it's not just us.

Buildings collapse and thirteen die in snowstorm that ha…

21st November - Today's News: Flood Fears in Buffalo

20th November - Today's News: More Snow for New York; Another Heat Wave in Australia

19th November - Today's News: Four Dead as Thunder Snow Hits New York State

The Yanks continue to pinch all the cold and snow .....  with 4 killed as 'thunder snow' slams New York and all 50 US states sink below freezing point after second polar plunge dumps five feet of snow on Great Lakes.  Some early signs that we could see some colder weather in Britain by the beginning of December, though no severe frosts or snow to low level at all likely at present.
Commuter chaos as storm halts trains, floods streets in Brisbane
Drone captures aftermath of Italy floods
Sun's magnetic field boosts lightning strikes across UK - though I think I will need to see a bit more lightning that the one big storm we had in July before I am convinced!
Chelyabinsk meteor #2? Massive flash over Russia’s Urals stuns locals & scientists
And the Jurassic climate of large swath of western US was more complex than previously known - just in case anyone was thinking of building a time machine and popping back there for a holiday any time soon ....

18th November - Today's News: Snow Covers Half Contiguous USA

Arctic blast that killed 11 people over the weekend sweeps across the US, leaving half of lower 48 states covered in snow - and it is events like this that on the face of it (if you dont think about it) seem to support the assertions of a so-called climatologist: 30-year cold spell strikes Earth.  In fact, it seems he's just a (former?) aeronautical engineer (working on a space shuttle doesn't make you a climate expert) and is selling a book which, typically, predicts really catastrophic cold weather in about 10 years time: soon enough for the gullible to worry about, but far enough off that by the time it doesn't happen they will have forgotten who scammed them into beleiving in it.   Meanwhile, it has just been discovered that the World extends beyond the borders of the contiguous US states - and it's getting warmer.... Earth has warmest October on record as ocean temperatures top charts (according to NASA, JMA and UAH - NOAA data not yet in) keeping us well on track…

17th November - Today's News: No, It Is NOT Forecast to be the Wettest Winter Since 1981

Another rant as the media run another load of complete twaddle, falsely claiming that heavy rain and strong gales expected in 'wettest winter since 1981'.    The Met Office have made no such claim and in any case, since last winter was the wettest on record, this winter can only either beat that, to be the wettest ever, or be the wettest since, er, last year ....  The Mail and most other newspapers - national and local - have made similar claims, which appear to have originated, in of all places,  The Sunday Times.  The full article is behind a paywall and I have not therefore read it all, but from the opening paragraphs this seems to be based on nothing more than the fact that the latest MetO contingency planner's forecast, issued last month, suggested a 25% probability that the period Nov-Jan will be wetter than average, and only 15% that it will be drier than average.    Expect a Met Office rebuttal of the claims later today.  

The Telegraph more accurately says only t…

15th November - Today's News: Wisconsin Town Gets 50" Snow

14th November - Today's News: ESA Probe Lands on Comet

Congratulations to ESA for succesfully making mankind's first soft landing on a comet.  But whilst Philae lander sends back first ever image from comet, with its battery life limited, it's 'time for risks' with comet lander today.
Heavy rain causes flooding across Northern Ireland whist there is disruption as hurricane-force winds hit Devon coast and a roof ripped off in Barry as gale force winds hit Wales.   And this morning, M25 'collapses' after roadworks and heavy rain - though it is not as yet clear as to what extent the rain itslef was responsible.
Fifth person dies in latest Italian storms
Climate change 'will make lightning strike more' - hmmm, believe that when I see it!

And it's warmer in Alaska than Texas right now

12th November - Today's News: Couple Die in Italy Landslide

Couple found dead after landslide engulfs home  after more torrential rain in Liguria, Italy
First winter storm of season kills four in Minnesota in weather related traffic accidents as Arctic blast hits Canada and US
Dust storm over southern Colorado captured from plane, satellite
Pembrokeshire flooding returns as heavy rain continues
English coastline flood risk from waves reassessed
Rosetta mission: robots heads towards comet surface
And just for a laugh, according to the Daily Express we're facing  Britain's 30 days of storms: UK set for half a month's rain in just two hours and if that isn't bad enough, we also have a Polar Vortex Warning: Latest winter weather models show UK faces months of heavy snow.   Both stories are, of course, equally true.  Along with reports that a face of dog faced men have been found living on the Moon and a plague of leprechauns means that after Monday, rainbows will not be seen in Britain or Ireland ever again.

11th November - Today's News: First Winter Storm for US

8th November - Today's News: "Mediterranean Cyclone" Brings 'Tropical Storm Conditions' to Malta, Southern Italy

Exceptional rain expected in Italy over the next few days with flooding very likely as rare cyclone suspends aircraft activity, power outages reported in Malta.  More on the Mediterannean Cyclone - or Medicane - on Jeff Master's blog
Rapidly strengthening monster storm becomes most intense ever for Alaska
Heavy rain causes severe flooding in Campbeltown yesterday, with further flooding in Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion after downpours in Wales.  And the outlook looks wet for much of the country over the next week or so: expect more floods.
Bewick's swans arrival at Slimbridge heralds 'late' winter - and whilst I don't believe their arrival time has any bearing on our winter, I do agree - as mentioned before - that it will be late with a mild December but a notably cold/snowy spell sometime around late January or early February (probably the only really wintry spell for many of us, though a further late burst of cold weather in early Spring is also possible) - all based…

7th November - Today's News: Severe Floods Hit Hispaniola

Severe flooding hits Haiti, Dominican Republic
Intense storm headed to Alaska's Aleutian islands
With the season now officially over it's been a tale of two oceans: Pacific out-hurricanes Atlantic
'Catastrophic' busfire warming for South Australia
In SW Scotland, flooding and landslip shuts A77 north of Cairnryan whilst drivers warned as roads flood in Northern Ireland.  Yes, it's autumn and it's wet.  Again.  With plenty more rain expected this month - but nothing cold yet on the horizon.  Despite what some idiot newspapers might suggest.
Italy swamped by flash floods whilst rare tornado tears through Catania, Italy
Rare, spectacular weather phenomenom rattles social media as irridescence appears in a fallstreak and is captured on camera.

5th November - Today's News: One dead as Storm Batters South-East France

4th November - Today's News: More Buenos Aires Flooding After Record Rain

In Argentina BA, province keep flooding after endless rain

More flooding as south-eastern France hit by violent storms

At least one dead after train crashes in cyclone in eastern Siberia

Maine digs out of first nor'easter that dropped more than a foot of snow and left 80,000 without power

Could rain save Hawaiian town from destruction?  Probably not, but it has briefly slowed the very slow advance of the lava.

Arctic warming: scientists identify new driver - basically a new positive feeback: open oceans hold more infrared energy, making them warmer, making more sea ice melt ....

3rd November - Today's News: Early Snow Blankets SE USA