(repost) 6th August - Today's News: Canny Reindeer Shelter in Road Tunnel from Arctic Heat

Canny reindeer invade Arctic road tunnel to escape heat as Norway's hot summer continues.   Meanwhile it appears that 37.8c was recorded in Ventspils on Monday (not 37.2c as reported yesterday) making it the first 100f temperature on record in Baltics

 But don't worry, there is no such thing as global warming, and as proof, Death Valley shatters cool temperature record - it was the lowest August 3rd maximum ever recorded there.  Even colder than Latvia.   Ergo, no global warming....  Right?

In Sheffield, last month was city's driest July since 1976

And finally, just for fun, let's have a quick look at Piers Corbyn's July forecast (this is his 30 day forecast, so expected to be the most accurate), which is now available to read and evaluate on his website.

I note in particular that overall he predicted "Cool/cold overall Br+Ir but nights mostly not very cold" - I suppose he did get the latter bit right!   Although as the MetO summary points out, the month was warm overall more for the high daytime temps than warm nights, which were closer to normal   No mention of a heatwave and nothing in any of the forecast to suggest the very warm conditions that affecting most of the British Isles for a good part of the month, notably through the second half.  He does mention plenty of thunderstorms and floods and no doubt will argue that the storms of the 18th and 19th July were covered by his mention for the period 15-17 July of it being "very wet and windy in most parts with hail, thunder and floods" or maybe the 22-26 July which was expected to be "very wet and windy in all parts - including the South - with extreme thunder, floods damaging hail and tornadoes".   Neither period was windy, anywhere, nor was it cool!   He did mention it would be "quite warm, especially East Anglia" from the 18-21st though.   And the 18th was the warmest day of the month with 32.3c recorded at Gravesend.    He predicted the month would end "very wet windy with major large dmagaing hail, thunder and local floods" but add there would be "less in SE" - and there was 51.2mm in Suffolk on the 28th, but the rest of the country was mostly dry.....  Overall, nothing to suggest any success at all with all the major weather events missed, and the overall picture completely wrong.  And so far his predicted record warm August is looking no better.

However at least he puts up his forecasts so that we can see how right - or wrong - he was.   Just as shame that he still persists in claiming success even when all can see he failed.   A little less hubris would go a long way.


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