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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