23rd January - Today's News: Temperatures hit 49c in Western Australia

Extreme heatwave in WA's north brings sizzling temperatures but no records - nonetheless it still reached 49c at Marble Bar.

In contrast, it was the coldest night not only of the year so far, but for the past 3 years, in Evesham - it dropped to -4.8c and the last time it was lower than that in my garden was February 2012.  Meanwhile, from Wedneaday: As the North is carpeted in white, bringing with it travel chaos, the South escapes with barely a flake.  So why is snow harder than any other weather to predict?  Simply because in Britain, especially over lower ground, it is normally quite marginal as to whether it melts before it reaches the surface.   Being an Atlantic island, we dont have the persistent low temperatures that make snowfall much easier to forecast over continental landmasses.

In the US, snow blankets portions of Southwest, forces closings - and it was Amarillo's 11th snowiest day on record

Not sure how reliable this is as it appears to be primarily a publicity/donations drive, but according to the WWF, in Siberia there are fears for unique wildlife as heavy snowfall reaches depths of one metre

Rosetta:  'Goosebumps' on 'space duck' hint at comet formation

And according to Richard Lindzen, global warming believers are like a 'hysterical cult' - along, no doubt, with those who believe the Earth is round, more than 4,500 years old and that humans evolved from fish ...


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