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12th December - Today's News: Travel Chaos as Snow Hits Europe

Not as cold here as expected overnight, with a min of just -6.1c - though that's still the lowest temp I have recorded since 4th Feb 2012.   Still plenty of (frozen) snow around - expected to clear as (slightly) milder weather moves in overnight.   Still relatively cold though till next week when we look likely to see above average temps for the run up to Christmas ......  But how long will they last?   No-one yet knows ......   
UK snow: Ice warning as commuters faced delays
Meanwhile, snow in Europe triggers transport chaos as Storm Ana slams Europe
Residents evacuated, traffic disrupted as snow and ice continue to batter Italy
Winds wreak damage in southern Poland
And there are avalanche warnings as Valais recovers from record snowfall
In South Africa, Midvaal Tornado leaves hundreds displaced and multiple injured
US flood risk 'severely underestimated' - with 3 times as many household at risk as previously thought
And the mysterious interstellar object to be scanned for …

11th December - Today's News: Heavy Snow in England and Wales

9th December - Today's News: Snow Hits US Deep South

8th December - Today's News: Snow Showers Follow Storm Caroline

6th December - Today's News: Record "Cold" in Western Queensland

Winter-like weather sweeps across western Queensland - with the temperature in Burketown dropping to +16c and Mount Isa seeing a December record minimum of ......  +12c    Some Aussies found it so cold they had to put a t-shirt on!
La Nina declared heralding a humid, wet summer for Australia's south
How future arctic sea ice loss could dry out California
And as Britain faces the prospect of the coldest, snowiest, December since 2010, a good blog piece by Liam Dutton on why you shouldn’t believe a UK snow forecast more than three days ahead

5th December Today's News: Record Nine Hour Rainbow in Taiwan

2nd December - Today's News: Waterspouts Filmed in Italy and Cornwall

1st December - Today's News: Flash Floods in Melbourne as Record Deluge Begins

As forecast, flash floods hit Melbourne as storm moves across Victoria and an explanation of why south-east Australia is expecting a tropical deluge this weekend
Cyclone Ockhi: Dozens of fishermen missing in Indian storm
Yesterday saw snow falls on England's east coast beaches whilst a tiny amount of snow hit London and people couldn't contain themselves - but it might be all they see this winter!   No signs of anything for Evesham just yet.  But the weather may turn interesting in a week's time ....
Meanwhile, the new radar on Lewis can measure size of snowflakes - so we shoukld get more accurate radar returns from that corner of the Isles.
After the successful tranbsfer of data from the Ben Nevis Observatory, there's now an even bigger huge weather rescue project under way
And how Alaska's coast is vanishing, 1 storm at a time as Arctic sea ice hits record lows off Alaska

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30th November - Today's News: Spring Storms Cause Chaos Across NZ

Spring storms cause chaos across New Zealand to end November whilst in SE Australia they await what is expected to be record rainfall over the next few days .
'Start panic buying bread!' Twitter users turn to #SnowWatch as two inches of the white stuff hits rush hour with temperatures plunging to -10C tonight on coldest night of year - it was -3.4c here this morning.  The same day last year saw -5.9c ......   The lowest I have seen for the UK this morning is -6.0c at Pershore (Throckmorton) - which is always colder than anywhere else locally in forsty weather.   Meanwhile, snow leads to accidents and closed schools in north east Scotland (but remember this?)
Flood hits Central Java, forces thousands to evacuate
And it appear that the time between world-changing volcanic super-eruptions less than previously thought

29th November - Today's News: Ski-ing Starts in Scotland

27th November - Today's News: Bali Volcano Eruption Looks Imminent

25th November - Today's News: Morrocans Pray for Rain as Drought Continues

Morocco prays for rain as shortage threatens agriculture
Indonesia tornado injures dozens, damages hundreds of homes
Our 4th air forst of the month here this morning!   Obviously not the tiniest slight hint of the merest prospect of snow, though.  But other parts have seen a bit, especially the Highlands where cold leads to boat false alarm on Loch Ness
Spinning ice circle in frozen river attracts tourists to Inner Mongolia city
Climate change could increase volcano eruptions in Iceland
Eat more chips!  Deep fat fryers may help form cooling clouds
More incomfortable scenes from picture postcard to plastic swamp: new images show how idyllic Caribbean island has been ruined by rubbish
And with the Ministry Of Health looking onto changing Icelandic time zone by one hour back (west - which makes sense) a good map showing just why moving the UK's time zone one hour forward (east) is such utter nonsense.   Also worth noting that if we went onto Central European Time, as some suggest every …

23rd November - Today's News: Autumn Floods Hit Britain and Ireland

Emergency services rescue more than 70 from floods overnight as Britain is battered by heavy rain, 8 inches of snow and 70mph wind - but such weather is not unusual this time of year.  Meanwhile, in Eire, the army mobilised as Laois flood cleanup gets underway

Here we just had a bright, breezy, day with a few spots of rain in the evening ....   We've only had around 425mm so far this year, against an annual average - in one of the driest parts of Britain - of just over 600mm. 
Record-breaking heat blankets southern California ahead of Thanksgiving holiday
In NZ, Cromwell in Central Otago heats up the record book
Lightning, with a chance of antimatter
And next time the schools shut because there's a forecast of a slight dusting of snow, or risk or icey pavements, take a look at this: Going home from school, Siberian-style, in violent storm force Arctic winds

22nd November - Today's News: Early Avalanche Warning for Highlands

21st November - Today's News: Parts of Australia Face More Record Heatwaves

20th November - Today's News: Greek Flood Toll Rises to 20

18th November - Today's News: 2017 to be 2nd Warmest Year on Record?

16th November - Today's News: At Least 15 Dead in Greek Flash Floods

15th November - Iran Quake Toll Hit 530 as Cold Weather Threatens Survivors

14th November - Today's News: Cars Washed Into Sea as Storm Hits Greek Island

13th November - Today's News: Hundreds Dead in Iranian Earthquake

Iran-Iraq earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region
Sunday saw the Australian media invent a new weather term as lightning showers and hail the size of golf balls as severe storms lash Perth (or have they just missed out a comma?)
The first CO2 rise in four years puts pressure on Paris targets
Here, Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers witness dawn display - though one of the pics the BBC have published is fake, as the Moon was not in the same part of the sky (though it will move closer over the next 2 days)
And choking on democracy: Why Delhi's air worsens as Beijing's improves

11th November - Today's News: Typhoon-hit Vietnam Braces for Second Storm

8th November - Today's News: Severe Weather Hits Bundaberg. Again.

After record rainfall last month, is this the "severe weather capital of the world"?  Bundaberg storm clean-up continues but thousands of residents still without power
Typhoon Damrey: Drone footage shows Hoi An floodwaters after deadly storm in Vietnam
In New Delhi: Off-the-scale pollution prompts public health emergency, school closures
A study shows Jordan water crisis 'to get worse' due to climate change
And there were spectacular views of Northern Lights from Scotland last night - I forgot to go out and look, although down here they may have only be visible on camera, if at all.

7th November - Today's News: Tropical Storm Rina Forms in Atlantic

6th November - Today's News: Dozens Dead as Typhoon Damrey Hits Viet Nam

In Vietnam: At least 27 killed by Typhoon Damrey over the weekend.  Today, Vietnam's death toll from Typhoon Damrey nears 50
And flash floods kill five in Malaysia, army deploys to rescue thousands of displaced
First air first of the season in my garden this mkorning - though it took it's time to finally, very briefly, dip down to -0.1c.  Normally second half of the month before we see a frost though, so a nice start.  Over the weekend the first snow hits the UK (I think some light snow had fallen already on Scottish hills, but there was the first noticeable, widespread, covering). In Ireland, too the 'first dusting of snow this season' - Stunning views from the top of Carrauntoohil mountain.  And the first snow of the winter has fallen in Italy
October hottest month recorded since 1902 in Bahrain
And do you believe chemtrails are real? Study finds 10% of Americans think the conspiracy theory is true - which is somewhat less than believe in angels .....

4th November - Today''s News: Rare Hailstorm Hits Bogata

3rd November - Today's News: Heavy Monsoon Rains Raise Flood Fears in Chennai

Heavy monsoon rain sparks fear for India's Chennai with a repeat of the deadly 2015 floods possible
Send some here! Snow falls in Tasmania after warmest October on record
Freeview blames air pressure for TV disruption - pressure was fairly high at the time, but not unusually so.
New Greenland maps show more glaciers at risk of melting
Wind may be driving the melting of East Antarctica’s largest glacier
UK's Halley Antarctic base set for second closure this winter due to nearby cracks in the ice (and the difficulties of evacuation in winter should that become necessary)
We now have a clearer picture on how the Chicxulub asteroid impact plunged dinosaurs into catastrophic 'winter'

An opinion piece in Forbes:
Calling every bad storm a 'superstorm' or 'weather bomb' is why people tune out weather forecasts is as applicable to the UK as it is the US.   And it doesn't help either when the popular media publish stories bizarrely claiming that "BRITS are b…

31st October - Today's News: Argentinian Roads Swamped by Massive Hailstorm

30th October - Today's News: North European Storms Kills Six

28th October - Today's News: Record Rainfall Brings Floods to Tanzania

25th October - Today's News: Three Dead in Bulgarian Floods

23rd October - Today's News: Five Dead as Typhoon Lan Hits Japan

21st October - Today's News: Typhoon Lan Intensifies Near Japan

Typhoon Lan rapidly intensifies in Pacific on its path toward Japan
Storm Brian: UK braced for gale-force winds and disruption - but it's really only coastal flooding that's a concern and this storm doesn't warrnat being named (Met Eireann issued an amber warning, triggering the name, in part, I think because of continuing problems there after ex-Ophelia last weekend)
Pollution linked to one in six deaths worldwide - with air pollution the biggest danger
A brief history of the Earth's CO2
A little off topic, but one for those who argue Britain isn't (or shouldn't be) a single nation: Stonehenge builders 'ate food from Scotland'
And as little later than usual, but the lies remain the same as Nathan Rao makes his annual prediction that UK faces MONTHS of SNOW: Sinking polar vortex to trigger COLDEST winter since GREAT FREEZE  So we may get a couple of frosts then ..... (actually, there's a chance it could be a colder, snowier winter than recent years.  B…

19th October - Today's News: Global Warming Trend Continues Unabated as 2017 Set to be One of Warmest on Record

17th October - Today's News: Ex-Ophelia Hits Ireland After Fanning Deadly Iberian Wildfires

In Eire, Ophelia's trail of destruction: Up to 360,000 people could lose water supply today as 245,000 remain without power with three people killed. Wales saw roads and homes hit by storm, in Northern Ireland schools closed as clean-up begins whilst in Scotland there's also a clear-up under way after Ophelia wind
Meanwhile, survivors of Portugal and Spain's wildfires that have claimed dozens of lives describe how cities were turned into 'balls of fire' as death toll rises - at least 36 people have died (some reports suggest 39) in the fires fanned by Ophelia's winds.  Sadly, many of the fires appear to have been started deliberately .....  The fires have had impacts in the UK too with a red sun phenomenon 'caused by Hurricane Ophelia' whilst 'smoke smell' forces flights to land at UK airports. Manston in Kent also recorded 23.5c - a UK date record.
It was just a bit breezy in Evesham, and the dust/smoke plume gave a very eerie yellow glow thro…

16th October - Today's News: Warnings as Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Approaches British Isles

13th October - Today's News: At Least 54 Dead in Vietnam Floods, Landslides

12th October - Today's News: Fresh Winds Fan Deadly Californian Wildfires

11th October - Today's News: Many Missing as California Wildfire Toll Grows

10th October - Today's News: Deadly Storms Hit South Africa

9th October - Today's News: Hurricane Nates Makes Landfall in Louisiana

6th October - Today's News: 9 Dead in North European Storm

5th October - Today's News: Why September was so Hot in Australia

3rd October - Today's News: Record Deluge Hits Bundaberg, Qld

Bundaberg deluge: Residents clean up after rain soaks town and southern Queensland
A heavy early-season snowstorm sweeps into Rockies
Sudden storm wreaks havoc in Hyderabad, at least 7 killed
Autumn brings a record drop in weather temperatures in Azerbaijan
Down in Antarctica: Return of the Weddell polynya supports Kiel climate model
Grass-fed cows won’t save the climate, report finds - but I will continue eating and enjoying meat regardless.  If everyone else stops driving cars and flying and leaving the lights on, then, maybe, you can start having a go at me!
Did life on Earth start due to meteorites splashing into warm little ponds? as long as 4.5 billion years ago ....   If so, life (of some kind) on other "water worlds" ought be quite common.   And that goes for Mars too as meteorite tells us that Mars had a dense atmosphere 4 billion years ago
Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million years ago, new evidence shows
It's the 50th anniversary of plate tect…