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29th August - Today's News: 20 Dead as TS Erika Batters Caribbean

28th August - Today's News: TS Erika Hits Caribbean en Route to Florida

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Tropical Storm Erika brings nine inches of rain and flash floods to Caribbean, with at least four dead in Dominica - it still has Florida in its sights
Haboob dust storm strong enough to know over a truck sweeps Phoenix
Historic 2013 Colorado Front Range storm accomplished up to 1,000 years of erosion
Warragamba Dam disaster warning: downpour now could 'devastate' western Sydney
Here, a Norfolk tornado-like wind damages homes
Road-surfing Russians ride typhoon waves with wakeboards tied to cars
Scientists warn leaders of dangers of thawing permafrost
NASA says sea levels have risen faster than thought due to climate change
And some very poor reporting that nonetheless shows just why the public erroneously think the Met Office always get the forecast wrong.  Yellow weather warning for rain issued in Dorset says the  Dorset Echo, added that "The yellow weather warning covers Dorset and includes Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis".  In fact, the warning area cover…

26th August - Today's News: Rescues, Evacuations and Stupid Drivers in Sydney Floods

25th August - Today's News: Tornado Devastates Dutch Farm

24th August - Today's News: El Nino to be Strongest on Record?

Forecast models are now calling for this El Nino to be strongest on record
Typhoon Goni lashes Japan after leaving 19 dead, 16 missing in Philippines
In the Carribean, tropical storm warnings issued as Danny nearing landfall, second storm forming
Tornado hits Dubbo as huge storm smashes Sydney
As willdfires continue, another week of Baikal on fire
Here the weekend saw the heatwave that lasted just one day - Sunday produced the highest rainfall rate I have so far recorded: 80mm/h although the total for the weekend was under 14mm.  Still no thunder though and since July 2014 I have only twice heard distant rumbles in Evesham and no lightning.
It's claimed the Met Office 'lost BBC contract over dumbing down rows and weather app' - which is quite pathetic if true.  But really all a storm in a teacup over the BBC weather?   Others already produce some BBC forecasts - Weatherquest for BBC Look East, for example. And if the BBC wants them dumbed down even further than the 60 second…

22nd August - Today's News: Typhoon Goni Batters Philippines

21st August - Today's News: July was Earth's Hottest Month on Record

18th August - Today's News: ISS Photographs Red Sprites

17th August - Today's News: More Snow Covers Tasmania

15th August - Today's News: Hottest Recorded July?

World set for hottest year ever as July break record - according to NASA and JMA data 
Heat wave descends once again upon Israel
Heavy rain causes 40ft deep sinkhole to open up as Britain is hit by storms and 10 flood alerts  - with a storm total of 39.2mm or which 37.1mm fell after midnight it was, as expected, my wettest day since the 20th July 2015.   No floods here though, in fact the river level only rose about 20cm.   Compared with around 500cm in 2007 ....
And unusually, Scotland's winter snow still hasn't melted: whilst it's certainly been wet enough, it hasn't been warm enough at higher levels for the largest ice remnants to entirely thaw, resulting in some spectacular ice 'caves'.

14th August - Today's News: Flooding in SE England

Not quite a repeat of 2007 here, but it does look like being my wettest day since 20th July 2007 - the rain deficit of previous months though means there has actually been barely any rise in river levels, despite over an inch of rain since midnight.  But there was flooding in Kent and Sussex after torrential downpours yesterday.
Death toll rises to 76 in Egypt's heatwave
According to NOAA: El Nino is 'significant and strengthening', could rival strongest on record
Some great pictures as storm chaser captures the incredible moment a tornado appeared next to a rainbow in the skies over Colorado and a colourful rainbow appears as lightning strikes during dramatic electrical storm in Arizona.
Siberia on fire around Lake Baikal
Chinese cave 'graffiti' tells a 500-year story of climate change and impact on society
Heat release from stagnant sea helped end last Ice Age
And a new study suggests humans responsible for demise of gigantic animals - though climate change was a…

12th August - Today's News: World's Saddest Snowman Spotted in Canberra

Is this the world's saddest snowman?   Spotted after some short-lived snow falls in heart of Canberra's CBD
Europe heat wave sets all-time record in Germany, again; prompts  Poland power cuts
French heatwave means this year's vintage will be top quality but there will be less of it...
Death toll reaches 90 in Japan's record-setting heat wave Here, the weather should be interesting over the next couple of days with some very heavy rain in some areas; over 100mm possible in a situation not entirely dissimilar to July 2007.  The big difference is that this time it comes on the back of a very dry period (here, at least) so the same level of riverine flooding is not expected, though flash flooding remains a risk, and some parts of southern England have seen much more rain this summer than Worcestershire.  Obviously not everywhere will see such high totals, but there's a flood warning as 'month's rain to fall in two days'
Dozens missing after landslide in Shaanx…

11th August - Today's News: Car Melts in Sun in Italy Heatwave

10th August - Today's News: David Rose Lies to the Public. Again.

Something I missed from Thursday: David Rose has produced one of his periodical attacks on science, full of lies, half-truths and false assertions, claiming that the more money the Met Office gets, the more ludicrously inaccurate its doom-mongering on climate change.  He will no doubt totally ignore the MetO's polite response - as he has done many times before, often repeated inaccuracies long after they have been pointed out to him.  The inconvienent truth to such people is that the truth is, indeed, inconvenient and therefore should be ignored ....  It's also worth saying that when the detractors and deniers have to resort to hauling out a 1987 forecast in which the strength of forecast gales was under-estimated, as proof of how inept the MetO are, they really don't have much of a case to make! 
Typhoon Soudelor hits China after sweeping across Taiwan with video footage as car gets blown away by typhoon in Taiwan and at least twenty-two people dead or missing as Typhoon …

8th August - Today's News: At Least 4 Dead as Typhoon Soudelor Hits Taiwan

5th August - Today's News: Flash Flood Derails Indian Trains

4th August - Today's News: Typhoon Soudelor Becomes Biggest Storm of 2015

3rd August - Today's News: One Dead After Storm Lifts Chicago Festival Tent

1st August - Today's News: State of Emergency Declared in Myanmar after Flooding