11th January - Today's News: A Mild Scandinavian Winter
Polar vortex over US brings abnormally mild weather to Scandinavia and reindeer go hungry as mild Swedish winter bites
Flood warnings as river levels set to rise again in England - and more rain coming tomorrow night. The Avon though is currently below it's normal winter flood level. Meanwhile, it's claimed that lack of research linking climate change and floods is a scandal - but what if there is no link? What if a bigger contributory factor is urbanisation of flood prone areas? After all, we had just as bad floods in the 90s that I recall well, and indeed many times before then. Whilst above average, rainfall amounts have not, so far as I am aware, been in any way unusually excessive ....
A piece in the Guardian, featuring a few folk I know, on storm chasing in the UK: Britain's wild weather enthusiasts