Showing posts from November, 2015

30th November - Today's News: Storm Clodagh Batters Britain, Ireland & Demark

Named by Met Eireann on Saturday, Storm Clodagh batters Britain with 70mph gales and giant waves lash coastline with thousands without power in Republic of Ireland .  Meanwhile, in Scandinavia, where it changed names, Storm Gorm rocks Denmark like a hurricane 10 dead in Texas and Kansas as wintry storm sweeps south-central U.S. SE Queensland ferocious storm 'came out of nowhere'  South Africa grapples with worst drought in 30 years  Chinese authorities boost smog alert level in Beijing 

28th November - Today's News: Record November Snow in Sappora

Japan's Sapporo surprised by sudden snow - the deepest in November for 60 years Killer storm pummels Texas as forecasters predict worsening weather Raging tempest hits Vladivostock And although a bit chillier today in the wind, and there is snow in the Highlands, warm November on course to equal record in England

27th November - Today's News: Flooding in Qatar, Saudi Arabia after Record Rain

Floating cars, people in boats: Havoc as Qatar, Saudi Arabia ravaged by heavy rains - with record rainfall in Doha. The Daily Star is clearly aiming for the most misleading weather headline of the year award, claiming snow chaos: 100mph Storm Clodagh to strike UK on Black Friday ahead of -14C Xmas freeze .  I am not sure how many shops they think there are on the summit of Ben Nevis.  And in any case it will be windy but Storm Clodagh looks unlikely this weekend .   It's obviously far to early to say what the weather will be like at Christmas, but it looks unsettled through till mid December.     And with fresh snow now falling and settling in for the winter, we had the most snow patches counted in Scotland's hills since 1994 this year. Flights cancelled as 144km/h winds slam Wellington Man films narrow bushfire escape in South Australia Lakes espanding 'dangerously' in Everest glacier NASA's Operation IceBridge completes twin polar campaign

25th November - Today's News: 2015 to be Warmest Year on Record

No surprise here: 2015 likely to be warmest on record say UN weather body .   2016 may be even warmer. You may never want to fly again after plane passenger films his flight through a terrifying Queensland storm Pigs burned alive,  woman trampled by horse as terrified residents flee SA blaze with at least 2 reported dead More than 40,000 homes in Washington are left without power after a storm swept through the Pacific Northwest Hurricane Joaquin tops the list as 2015 Atlantic season comes to a close , while newly formed Hurricane Sandra becomes the second latest eastern Pacific hurricane on record. Unseasonably warm start to winter has led to daffodils blooming early in November (of course, it's not yet winter so a rather misleading headline!) Big data reveals glorious animation of bottom water around the Antarctic Peru hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake Statistical analysis of climate studies shows there is no substantive evidence for 'pause

24th November - Today's News: Storms in Queensland

Severe southern Queensland storms damage homes, crops; lightning lights up skies over Brisbane and that's not all in Australia's bizarre weather: More scorching temperatures for NSW, Queensland is battered by hail and Tasmania braces for snow and bushfires   Chicago sees snowiest ‘first storm’ on record; Midwest snowfall totals up to 19 inches Here, a stunning sunrise as experts predict coldest winter for a century (by "experts" they mean bookies drumming up trade .... ) Over the weekend,  the first snow of the winter season causing problems in Croatia Something I have been warning about for many years, though it hadn't occurred it me it would be found in salt as well as seafood:  the hidden plastic lurking in your food: Hundreds of tiny micro beads have been found in sea salt - and we swallow 1,000 every year - as I have said before, it is the "micro-plastic" layer in the Earth's rocks that in millions of years time will tru

23rd November - Today's News: Cold Weather Sets in Across Northern Hemisphere

After a short-lived cold snap that even produced an air frost in Evesham (but nothing more) Britain will warm up today after freezing weekend brought snow and -6C temperatures Denmark braces for cold after weekend snowstorm More snow expected in southern Sweden Heavy snowfall grounds flights at Moscow airports Dordogne hit by first snowfall of winter Not so cold, but strong winds cause powercuts, flight diversions in Bulgaria   Deep freeze sets in across the Midwest as temperatures plunge into the single digits and season's first snowfall turns into ice And even Beijing posts near record low monthly temperatures as capital hit by big chill Sharing the weather down under: Aussie heatwave cause of Auckland thunderstorm   Leaking pingos 'can explode under the sea in the Arctic, as well as on land' And cleaner atmosphere means more Arctic sea-ice melt, study says

21st November - Today's News: First Lowland Snow for England

The first snow fell in low lying parts of England this morning - although not, of course, in Evesham ....  But some parts of Britain wakes up to snow! Flurries fall from Loch Lomond to London as freezing overnight temperatures turn the UK white .  Just rain here earlier and now sunny but with a braw wind.  And most places have yet to see the temperature drop below freezing. Iceland in grips of cold snap In the US, over-performing winter storms brings 'significant' snow to parts of Midwest Australia's latest heatwave spreads as parts of Queensland swelter with temperatures cracking 40 degrees in steaming November day China issues snowstorm warnings Argentinian hailstorm damages homes, vehicles; flooding rains swamp southern Brazil Pollution 'crisis' as Lake Baikal And half of all tree species in Amazon 'face extinction' .  Guess why ...

20th November - Today's News: Hottest Ever October as El Nino Strengthens

October heat record smashed by 'incredible amount' as Pacific Ocean temperature data shows El Nino is gathering record strength .   The NOAA's October report is here . A risk of snow in parts of Britain this weekend - mainly over hills - and the media get over-excited, as usual as snow storms and icy blizzards to sweep in across the UK (and that's one of the more sober headlines).  A braw wind is all we can expect in Evesham though. NSW heatwave: Sydney reaches second hottest November day on record at 40.9c Australia fires: Workers killed during 'horse rescue' Warming ocean worsened Australia's fatal 2010/11 floods  How rains paralysed India's Chennai amid quite legitimate claims that Chennai floods are not a natural disaster – they've been created by unrestrained construction   Whilst Antarctic ice melt will raise sea levels, scientists argue that big Antarctic ice melt scenarios 'not plausible'    Enormo

18th November - Today's News: Windstorms Hit Britain & NW USA

It was a breezy evening, but nothing special here - although I did see a wheelly bin blown over on my work into work this morning ....  but after Storm Barney: Thousands still without power after 85mph winds whilst trees down on rail lines in and out of Birmingham cause delays and a tree crashes on Didcot houses Meanwhile, as it crosses the Channel, the storm changes names as storm 'Heini' bears down on Germany In the US, three dead, at least 1 million without power in destructive Northwest windstorm WA bushfires: German backpackers, farmer believed killed in Esperance blaze Torrential rain wreaks havoc in Jeddah and Makkah  In Taiwan, record-high November temperatures show few signs of winter Glacier on Tibetan plateau retreating at a faster rate since the 1990s 2015 shatters the temperature record as global warming speeds back up - helps of course by a record El Nino.  The real question is whether we get a following La Nina and how warm it is the

17th November - Today's News: Rare Winter Floods Hit Central China

Thousands relocated as rare floods hit Hunan Province in central China Storm Barney to hit UK with winds up to 80mph as the Midlands look set to experience their first gales of the season A massive flood didn't stop these two men from enjoying a relaxing pint in the pub garden .... Virgin Australia plane spun around, blown down runway during severe storm in Moranbah, Queensland Western US hot by blast of winter-like weather Two dead as earthquake hits Greek island of Lefkada And the WMO warns to expect 'high impacts' from globally strong El Nino   as the global October temperature soars to record high - just JMA data in so far.

16th November - Today's News: Floods Hit Northern England & Wales

Heavy rain bring flood disruption across northern England with power cuts and floods after storms hit Wales , but generally the remnants of ex-Kate weren't quite as bad as some feared.   Certainly no repeat of 2009. Flood-sparked landslide kills 16 in China; 21 still missing in homes engulfed by mud and rock Flooding in southern India kills dozens Drought grips South Africa whilst heatwave stops Zimbabwe plan from landing And renowned climate sceptic Richard Tol predicts society 'to be hit by climate change'

14th November - Today's News: First Snow Falls on British Roads

Winter is here!   Snow covers A9 as Storm Abigail grips - in fact the snow has fallen in a colder northwesterly airflow that has followed on behind Abigail, which as expected had little impact.  And also as predicted for several days now, life-threatening floods forecast as tail of Hurricane Kate hits Britain over the weekend.   No doubt this will be the main story in Monday. Unravelling the mystery of Spain's 'blood rain': Bizarre phenomenon was caused by 'stressed out' algae - but experts have no idea how it got there This is actually nothing new, as the tsunami has been well known for many years - indeed, it may have been the final nail in the coffin of Doggerland and even given rise to some legends of drowned lands, but looks like there's been fresh research on the impacts in Denmark as tsunami devastated Europe 8,150 years ago The World's 10 most dangerous volcanoes identified  And who wants to live on an alien planet battered by

13th November - Today's News: Storm Abigail Hits NW Britain; ex-Kate to Come

Storm Abigail; Power cuts, schools closed and ferries cancelled , but most of the UK unaffected and for northwest Scotland this was, of course, not in any way an exceptional storm, just the first of many this season.  Heavy more strong winds and particularly some heavy rain to come this weekend as the remnants of ex-Hurricane Kate arrive. But did Storm Abigail open mystery portal to another dimension on eve of Friday 13?    Well, of course, no other possible explanation ..... ! More seriously, climber who had to be rescued as he tried to climb Ben Nevis during Storm Abigail blasted as 'irresponsible' and I agree.  But well done the volunteers from Lochaber MRT! Meanwhile, whilst it's a little more seasonal here today, much of Europe basks in record November temperatures - although the Jungfrau temperature 'record' a mistake . Two killed in flood in Turkey's northeastern Artvin Province In the US,  fast-moving storm system sweeps across the Midwe

11th November - Today's News: Cyclone Megh Hits Yemen

Cyclone Megh makes landfall in Yemen, kills 14 on island of Socotra Storm Abigail:  First of Met Office's names storms to batter Scotland , well the far north and west of  Scotland ....  Ironically far more people will be affected by heavy rain and strong winds - gales in the south even - over the weekend as the remnants of Hurricane Kate get swept up by the jet stream. And indeed, earlier, Hurricane Kate becomes fourth hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season In NI, more records fall during unseasonably warm Novembe r with Murlough recording both the warmest ever night and the highest date temperature (18.5c) yesterday Reno, Nevada plastered by freak heavy snow event How India, China and the US welcomed first autumn snow Borneo burning: Satellite image reveals extent of thick smoke Geophysics could slow Antarctic ice retreat Not for the first time (I recall a similar story from some years ago) hidden ancient river network that once flowed through the S

10th November - Today's News: More Floods After Record Rainfall in Israel

New rainfall record set in central Israel with yet more this week as heavy rain swamps Askelon causing road to collapse and in Egypt, 23 dead in Beheira after days of torrential rain Power cuts and floods as storms hit Scotland Northern China’s dilemma—if you want heat in the winter, it comes with toxic air pollution but for all of us, a warmer world will be a hazier one After historic flooding, Death Valley gears up for a 'long, hard recovery' It's November, and finally Tropical Storm Kate forms in Atlantic but is unlikely to have much impact until it tracks further north, gets caught up in the jet stream and its remnants bring rain to Britain next weekend. 'UFO clouds' shock Cape Town residents - though I have seen more spectacular 'lentils' in this country El Nino blamed as flooding affects tens of thousands in Somalia There was no glacier thaw in NZ at end of Ice Age, study finds Nasa reveals stunning 3D images of m

9th November - Today's News: World Now 1c Warmer Than Pre-Industrial Level

Global warming set to breach 1c threshold : 2015 is set to be the first year to be more than 1c higher than the "pre-industrial" average for the period 1850-1900. Cyclone Megh batters Yemeni island of Socotra China air pollution reaches almost 50 times World Health Organisation recommended limit 4,500 lack power as storm Freja hits Sweden France basks in record-high temperatures Darwin swelters as heatwave grips Top End with some parts experiencing their highest ever recorded temperature Near week-long heatwave to hit parts of South Africa The ground swallows dozen cars in Mississippi And oh dear, the Express plumbs new depths, falsely claiming that Britain's worst storm in 144 years confirmed ...    A story that appears to be based on a total misunderstanding of the latest contingency planner's report   which simply suggests a positive NAO (El Nino being one of several factors leading to this) and consequently a milder, but

7th November - Today's News: Another Cyclone for Yemen?

Second freak storm heads for Yemen, WMO says thanks to higher than average sea temperatures in the Indian Ocean. 58 Iraqis died of electrocution during heavy rains The eastern USA experiencing a record-breaking heat wave ... in November Severe storm sweeps over Brisbane dropping 'tennis ball-sized hail' West Antarctic coastal snow accumulation rose 30 percent during 20th century   Anthropogenic warming in the west Pacific likely contributed to the 2014 drought in East Africa, say climate scientists The lack of any signals being emitted suggests that bizarre megastructure was not built by aliens - but has anyone thought it could have been abandoned, like the Pak Ringworld?  Did our solar system once contain dozens of Earth-like planets?   And more ridiculous doom porn as the Express claims that Europe and Asia could be torn apart by potentially 'catastrophic earthquake' in Siberia - but it won't happen for 650,000,000 yea

6th November - Today's News: Britain on Alert as Normal November Weather Expected ....

Melbourne CBD hit by flash flood from freak storm whilst there are some impressive photos as massive thunderheads roll across Sydney bringing rain and strong winds as forecasters warn the east coast to expect flooding and hail this weekend Meanwhile, is Australia in the midst of a tornado outbreak? And just how frequent are tornadoes in Australia? 8 killed in Yemen cyclone storm: Official US western ski resorts buried in snow.  A sign of a blockbuster season?  In Naples, Florida, November heat wave breaks 50-year high temperature record Warm weather brough Scotland 'rare third midge hatch' - but there were less midges over all thanks to a cool spring.  Climate change is moving mountains !  Is there nothing it cannot do?! Study of cloud cover in tropical Pacific reveals future climate changes as atmospheric circulations systems change. Global warming caused fourteen extreme weather events last year and affected every continent but Alaska,

4th November - Today's News: Cyclone Chapala Hits Yemen Hard

Cyclone Chapala batters war-torn Yemen and there is more hardship to come as Yemen, Slammed by Cyclone Chapala, Faces Locust Plague Risk for Months Houses damaged as storm sweeps across parts of South Australia whilst a terrifying video shows lightning strike just metres from a woman's front door as she films severe storms in South Australia  and a tornado wows spectators at Monarto during statewide thunderstorms in South Australia They have had nearly 2 feet of snow in northeast Nevada, power outages as snow blankets Western US in first widespread taste of winter   Meanwhile, winter is coming! Maps reveal the first days of snow across the US and show the areas most likely to be worst hit Dozens of flights grounded as dust storm envelopes Israel  South Africa in midst of 'epic drought' Scientists confirm their fears about West Antarctica - that it's inherently unstable   What causes these waves in the sky? Scientists explain amazing w

3rd November - Today's News: Floods Kill 4 in Spain After "Severest Storm in 2 Decades"

Spain: Flood inundates nursing home, killing 4 residents after Spain suffers severest storm in two decades whilst in Portugal man, 79, found dead following Algarve floods, many left homeless . Just dull and grey here, but fog disrupts flights at UK airports for third day , whilst yesterday Trawsgoed continued it's record warmth with a mx of 22.3c.  And a balmy start to November sees record temperatures in Eire too with 20.1c in Co Kerry on Sunday. Cyclone Chapala bears down on mainland Yemen   El Nino strikes! Snow falls in California during first wintery blast of the season as experts warn of record storms on the West Coast this winter In Australia, Port Lincoln floods as Eyre Peninsula battered with heavy rain in severe weather over regional SA  In parts of South Africa, snow hits as SA slides towards summer? The lion left stranded by floods... in the Masai Mara: Incredible rainfalls leave the usually sun-baked nature reserve under water - and pu

2nd November - Today's News: Trawsgoed Breaks UK November Temperature Record

Hottest UK November day recorded in mid Wales as Trawcoed hit 22.4c, but misery for some as Heathrow fog causes cancellation of dozens of flights , with more of the same today. Yemen island hit as Cyclone Chapala heads for mainland   'Scary' tornado captured on video forming on Victorian farm during destructive storm Meanwhile, in the drought stricken Queensland outback, Barcaldine celebrates wettest November day ever with photos of flooded roads It's been Adelaide's hottest October on record - over 5c higher than average At least 6 die in Texas as storm system moves into Louisiana, Mississippi Flooding swamps Portugal's Algarve Video as huge ice flash flood sweep across Saudi Arabia following hail storm  Pics: Extreme SA weather over the weekend Amazon fires: Brazil indigenous reserve blazes contained , but more rain forest is lost in an act of deliberate environmental vandalism