21st January - Today's News: Heavy Rain Affects UAE
A little snow in parts of Britain yesterday, though nothing particularly disruptive, and only sleety rain in Evesham as a fairly normal winter continues. Some problems in the southern Pennines though as motorists abandon cars on busy motorway as heavy snow causes travel chaos. I think we will see more snow before March, but I am not expecting anything significant, albeit that my patent "antipodean SLATless forecast" did highlight the risk of a notable cold/snowy spell in late January or February - and there's still time for that to prove true!
In the US at the weekend, freezing rain makes Northeast roads slick; at least 5 killed
In Malta, 2014 was third hottest year on record and globally, we had the warmest December on record says NOAA
Greenland ice: the warmer it gets, the faster it melts - well that's a surprise!!! Meanwhile, giant atmospheric rivers add to mass to Antarctica's ice sheet
And this week it's no surprise that electricity demand hits highest this winter - as wind power slumps to its lowest