Showing posts from February, 2014

28th February - Today's News: Record Wet in UK; Record Dry in Qld

As expected, Met Office confirms wettest winter on record for UK
Northern lights illuminate UK - nothing seen from Evesham town though 
Spring frost fears after mild winter in France
In NSW heavy rain sparks flash flooding in Newcastle and the Hunter region
Meanwhile in Qld, record dry conditions in Brisbane and southeast as bleak autumn looms though, ironically, in the interior, evacuation alert as Mount Isa region hit by flooding
Drought hits southeast Asia
Scientists liken Chinese smog to 'nuclear winter'
Offshore windfarms could tame hurricanes before they reach land .... according to a computer simulation that is, and assuming there are thousands of them coincidently in the hurricane's path.
NASA launches game-changing satellite for global precipitation monitoring
Now this sounds rather wierd at first, but it does make sense: smell of forest pine can limit climate change - the scent turns into aerosols which in turn reflect sunlight back into space.   So all we need do t…

26th February - Today's News: Most Snow on Scottish Hills in at Least 69 Years

The irony of our very mild, wet & windy winter: most snow in hills in 69 years says Hamish MacInnes - based on his personal experience, but I doubt he's wrong.
Unsettled weather continues; for Eire no let-up in March as rain and high winds to batter country but overall doesn't look like being quite so bad for Britain: more like normal March weather.

Toronto remains under extreme cold weather alert as they get ready for the return of the polar vortex

Unusual clouds blanket north Georgia
A rather bizarre suggestion, but could giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes?  They'd only need be 1000ft high and 150ft  wide ......

World begins 2014 with unsual number of extreme weather events

Study links temperature to a Peruvian glacier's growth and retreat - rather than precipitation changes
Geoengineering side effects could be potential disasterous, research shows - as I've said all along: better deal with what we know than change it into something that could prove even …

25th February - Today's News: A Dry Winter in the Eastern Mediterranean

Israel experiencing driest February in 87 years - and this comes after Tel Aviv marks driest January on record
Winter drought threatens Kosovo capital

Whilst Turkey's drought fuels fears

Meanwhile, California is finally set to get rain, but it won't quench the drought there
El Nino seen approaching as models highlight warmer Pacific
And another silly story as HS2 could increase risk of local flooding say Tory MPs - presumably they oppose all building on all farmland and anywhere where flooding is possible?   And maybe we should remove existing railway lines too?  
Mind, this is nearly as silly: National Farmer's Union condemns flooding plans - presumable because upland  pasture is 'more valuable' than lowland wheat fields?   You do wonder sometimes .....
'Biggest observed meteorite impact' hits Moon, last September
Now volcanoes contribute to recent global warming 'hiatus' - whilst I continue to question whether the 'pause' even exists given that…

24th February - Today's News: Landslide Closes Rest & Be Thankful Yet Again

After heavy rain over the weekend, another landslip closes A83 road in Argyll at the Rest & Be Thankful and last week's large Bournemouth seafront landslide caused by rainfall
Storm brings hail, tornado to Canterbury in NZ
An Arctic blast for Kazakhstan
Climate change won't reduce deaths in winter, British study concludes
New online tools tracks treeloss in 'near real time' - so now you can watch them rainforests burn from the comfort of your home ......
Oldest bits of crust firms up idea of cool early Earth
And just for a laugh, this was in the Mirror yesterday: one month of rain set to fall in one hour today - though the story beneath qualifies that as nearly a month's rain in several hours ..... and only over the Cumbrian fells "with towns and villages escaping the deluge"  .....

22nd January - Today's News: Could the Mail Have Been More Wrong?

Yesterday, both the Express and the Mail had front page headlines proclaiming could the Met Office have been more wrong?   Oddly, the Mail's story quickly disappeared from the front page of their website though, perhaps in embarassment after the MetO's response?  Oops.  The fact is, the MetO issued no such forecast and the report issued to contingency planners (so secret it's published every month on their website!) gave a 15% probability that winter would be in the wettest category (so slightly less likely than the average 20% probability but by no means unlikely).   Nathan Rao went one further to say that he did accurately forecast the weather this winter, just that we had rain instead of 100 days of snow .....   The comments below his 'story' are quite amusing.
At least the Mail got this story right: January was the fourth warmest on record, despite eastern US freeze - the full NOAA report is here

And winter doesn't give up in the US as another powerful wint…

21st February - Today's News: Winter 2013/14 Wettest on Record for UK

No surprise that this winter wettest on record - Met Office.   Though has to be pointed out that the total winter rainfall in Evesham has yet to exceed that of July 2007.

So why was flooding not as severe in parts of the Midlands?   Well I've answered part of that above. The Avon hasn't flooded any more than it does most winters.   But locally, we have very few properties on the flood plain and yes, defences have tended to work.
UK floods: damage 'could have been prevented' to some extent though.
US Midwest enjoys break from freezing weather but braces for flooding whilst in New York, brutal weather brings new challenge: ice falling from skyscrapers
Queensland's rivers flowing again in record breaking wet spell but drought not busted yet
Here, ancient forests exposed by storms along the coast of Cornwall
4.1 magnitude earthquake confirmed in Bristol Channel Marshall Islands 'grow back' after Pacific storm
Climate change brings more crime, study says - the h…

19th February - Today's News: Snowiest Winter in Parts of US; Least Snowy in Parts of UK

In the US, some cities are close to snowiest winter in history whilst Cleveland sets 30-year record with 10th sub-zero day  - here in Evesham we've not even had half that number of sub-zero night.  And it's been the least snowy winter on record ....

In Australia, Sydneysiders escape the worst of the weather as storms head north with a flood warning after huge rainfall over parts of Queensland whilst flash flooding wreaks havoc in Geelong, Victoria.
Some good news for a change: farmland butterflies bounce back thanks to last years warm summer I think I forgot to post  this earlier, but have we learned our lessons on flooding?  Clearly not since most of the recommendation of the Pitt Review -commissioned after the 2007 floods - have been ignored.
Increase in Arctic cyclones is linked to climate change whilst warming from Arctic sea ice melting more dramatic than thought
Huge asteroid passes Earth nearly on year after Chelyabinsk meteorite
Picture that proves man hunted the wooll…

18th February - Today's News: EA & Local Councils Culpable for Flooding

I know this is the Mail, but assuming it's true that river quango has allowed 190k new homes on flood plains since 1996  with the Telegraph also reporting that flood-hit areas earmarked for more homes, then the EA and local councils are most definitely culpable for the current floods.  Flood plains are called flood plains for a reason and building on them is not only stupid from the perspective of building a house you know will be flooded, but it increases flooding in areas that would not normally expect to flood.
Second Japan snowstorm leaves thousands stranded as death toll rises to 23
In Scotland, we've had so much snow our resorts could stay open until summer
Australian heatwave frequency 'surpasses levels previously predicted for 2030' whilst over the weekend South Australia's rural towns cop a drenching after Adelaide's wettest day in 45 years and in Queensland a flood warning for Townsville after 278mm of rain falls in region.  But it is in the tropics.

17th February - Today's News: 12 Dead in Japan Snowstorm

15th February - Today's News: Valentine's Day Storm Proves Deadly

14th February - Today's News: Snowstorm and 'Thundersleet' Pummels Eastern US

13th February - Today's News: 100mph Winds Batter Britain & Ireland

Another violent storm yesterday with havoc! As floods hit new areas, 108mph winds cause power cuts, shut motorways and force passengers off trains.   Today, thousands of homes left without power and travel disrupted whilst clear-up begins after 100mph storms hit Wales.   
It's also reported that River Severn reaches record level in Worcester - but that's only since river gauges were installed, historic floods have been higher.
In Eire trail of destruction sweeps country whilst in Northern Ireland today, drivers battle through snow and ice

And a winter storm affecting US east coast as havoc persists in the South

But don't worry, because summer 2014 'likely to be hottest on record' ....... well, no.  But if an El Nino develops later this year, 2014 (or 2015) could, globally, be the warmest year on record.   That said, I've a sneaky suspicion we could well be in for quite a good spring or summer and after a very mild start we could also perhaps be looking at one of…

12th February - Today's News: Flooding to Last Weeks

More flooding fears as storms forecast for today with 100mph gales forecast along coasts in Wales, and another storm coming again on Friday - with warnings that due to the saturated ground, floods could 'last for months'.
Meanwhile, further snow falls hit higher routes across Scotland whilst in Port Glasgow, road shut after bus gets stuck in snow - not a flake has fallen in Evesham yet the winter ....  But it is raining again!

In Eire, after yesterday's snow,  batten down the hatches again as winds to hit 160kph

Was a Man village hit by small scale tornado yesterday?

And there's flooding in Iberia too as central Portugal struggles with rising water levels and 2014: the year of incessant rain in Spain whilst storms eat in Aquitaine coast
Deadly snow and ice storm takes aim at US South
In Queenslands, rains final reach the drought-stricken outback as Kowanyama swamped with 1.2m of rain but other towns not so lucky
In Malaysia: heat wave to persist this week with  more bush …

11th February - Today's News: Another Temperature Record Broken in Australia

Today's top of 42.5c breaks new record in South Australia for number of summer days with maximum over 40 degrees
UK floods: 400 Surrey homes 'completely waterlogged' with plenty of pictures in the Mail as floods hit Windsor as nearby villagers flee homes swamped by the Thames and there's  more severe weather expected in stricken areas - rain today and more rain and gales tomorrow....

And can UK transport network cope with floods?   Well it should, it's not as though we haven't been warned for years to expect increased incident of flooding.  Though clearly such warnings have by and large been ignored - hence the proloferation of more building in flood prone areas and the failure to improve drainage.

And sea threat to force retreat of communities in Wales
California drought similar to historic drought in Texas
Burundi floods: many dead in Bujumbura
Flowing water on Mars appears likely but hard to prove
And improved dating techniques suggest that end-Permian extinction…

10th February - Today's News: Thames at Record High Levels, With More Rain to Come

Thames reaches record flood levels while thousands of homes alongside river are threatened by rising floodwaters as sixteen areas in South are warned of risk to lives as the Met Office says that evidence 'suggests climate change linked to storms'.   The full report can be read here

The Severn is also in spate with Worcester city center roads closed 'for a week' by floods, though in Evesham the Avon is now back down to 'normal' winter flood levels. 

On Saturday, coastal areas in west hit by renewed gales
And here's 27 staggering new pictures of the Somerset Levels floods

More rain (and gales) expected this week ....
Meanwhile, in the US, snow set to hit the South again as big freeze goes on in the North East Man killed by falling tree as wild weather blasts Tasmania whilst Jason Edwards captures images of the fire emergency in Morwell,  Victoria.    I think I prefer our floods!   That said, there are floods in Australia too, in NT where residents of Corroboree …

8th February - Today's News: More Rain & Gales

The least surprising headline of the week:  southern UK set for gales and more rain.   Meanwhile, it's not just the SW suffering as Kent homes flooded after heavy rainfall

And skiers warned of terrain traps in Scotland's mountains - where the snow just keeps on falling and (as noted in my weekly mountain weather forecast on Ukweatherworld) the avalanche risk remains very high.
Japan snowfall disrupts air, rail and road transport
Heavy rainfall hits Buenos Aires: one dead and more than 2000 evacuated
In Victoria,  Goongerah and Martins Creek residents urged again to leave as bushfires sweep through the area
And earliest footprints outside Africa found in Norfolk, as Happisburgh.  We'll know if they were local folk or visitors by whether or not they have webbing between their 6 toes ......

7th February - Today's News: More Storm & Flood Damage Across England

5th February - Today's News: Slovenian Ice Storm Pictures

Now this is what I call ice!  Amazing scenes as severe storm encases Slovenian town in ice
Here, another night of high winds, high tides and floods ......  thousands of homes suffer power cuts with in Devon and Cornwal storms: homes evacuated and in Eire, clean-up in Cork after fresh flooding overnight.   More storms expected, especially across southern Britain later this week and the relentless onslaught of the Atlantic continues.  But at least it's not cold and snowy ......

And UK going in 'wrong direction' on flooding, experts say
'More snow than Sochi' is the cry from Glenshee as one of Britain's wettest, windiest winters continues to pile the snow above 2,500ft in the Highlands.  But I've yet to see full cover of snow on the snowgate webcam, down the road in Braemar, where like everywhere else it's just been wet.
Another snowstorm slams US Plains, heads for Northeast

And in Afghanistan, troops under attack - from snow: the first they've seen at …

4th February - Today's News: Double Fujiwhara Effect in Queensland?

3rd February - Today's News: Coastal Flooding Hits Britain & Ireland. Again.

Coastal communities in Devon and Cornwall flooded by high tides and strong waves, with more weather warnings as rescuers search for missing angler - another wet (and windy) week to come.   And in Eire, new flooding hits south and east coast
Parts of Central and Eastern Europe hard-hit by heavy snowfalls, icy weather
Drought-hit California unable to supply state water - of course, it's not just the lack of rain but also the sheer number of people living there, wanting to water their lawns and gold courses .....
And yesterday was Groundhog Day 2014: Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, six more weeks of winter.   Or, presumably, for us, six more weeks of autumn .....

Cyclone Fletcher forms off Gulf of Carpentaria
Meanwhile, in Brazil, Sao Paulo swelters in record heatwave
And Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung eruption causes 16 deaths with more pictures here

1st February - Today's News: Europe Hit With Snow and Floods

Military evacuated snowed-in pasengers in northern Serbia and southern Austria on highest avalnche alert after heavy snow whilst  Italy battles floods as bad weather batters Europe
Meanwhile, images released of mountain rescue in Cairngorms to help show just how bad conditions are in the hills this winter - one of the snowiest in living memory
Southwest and Midlands braced as rain pours - with more to come next week.  I recorded 100.5mm in January (about 180% of average), but many parts have had much more - and it all goes straight into the rivers with ground in all parts completely saturated now.   And flood warnings as storm to wreak havoc in Eire too.
But 'why are we wasting all this water' asked Cambridge councillor Mike Mason who is quite right.  I'd not be at all surprised if we have water shortages later this this year or next .... 
Storm 'Basyang' hammers Visayas, Caraga region in the Philippines
More rain predicted for Johannesburg with more flooding likel…