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

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

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 campaigns (with the usual suspects ign…

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

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 truely mark the anthropocene.
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23rd November - Today's News: Cold Weather Sets in Across Northern Hemisphere

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

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

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 then.  
Melting Scandinavian ice p…

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

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

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 5,400mph winds?

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 Midwest causing semitraile…

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 November 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 Sahara is revealed by satellite ima…

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

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 perhaps wetter and windier winter than average. …

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

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

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

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

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