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23rd May - Today's News: NOAA Confirm 2nd Warmest April & Year to Date

20th May - Today's News: Melting Permafrost Floods "Doomsday" Vault

19th May - Today's News: Record Rainfall Hits Queensland Coast

17th May - Tioday's News: Welcome Rain for SE England

16th May - Today's News: Record May Snow on Mount Washington

15th May - Today's News: Nottinghamshire Tornado & Shopshire Dust Devil

13th May - Today's News: Lack of Rain Causes Concerns in SE England

A useful 7.2mm of rain here yesterday - that's more than for the whole of April.  And we missed some of the heavier stuff.   However, overall it's still another dry month with households in South East England told to use water wisely
May brings snow to Russian streets and Instagrams
Surprisingly, a lack of dust makes China's air pollution much worse
Why different places warm at different paces

And ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface



11th May - Today's News: Colorado Hail Storm

10th May - Today's News: Evacuations as Georgia Wildfire Worsens

9th May - Today's News: Four Feared Dead in Canadian Floods

8th May - Today's News: State of Emergency Declared As Floods Hit Montreal

6th May - Today's News: Canada Braces for Floods

4th May - Today's News: Huge Dust Storm Blankets Part of China

3rd May - Today's News: Survival Stories from Deadly US Tornadoes

2nd May - Today's News: 18 Dead in US Tornadoes, Floods

Death toll rises to 18 in Midwest, South storms and flooding whilst an unsually active spring blizzard hits Kansas and Oklahoma
And in the central US, warnings today that more rivers to swell to major or record flood stage this week
Here, April was my driest month on record (from 2007) - and we had almost as much rain again on 1st May alone, indeed, some places I think had quite a bit more rain yesterday than in the whole of April.
The great stink: parts of New Zealand still 'putrid' after raft of floods 
Down in Argentina, parts of Welsh Patagonia have been left devastated by the worst rain in four decades
Ice cave in Transylvania reveals how Europe's weather has changed during the last 10,000 years - but no vampires
And how Antarctica's troublesome 'hairdryer winds' increase ice melt

28th April - Today's News: Waterspout Filmed off Devon Coast

26th April - Today's News: One Dead in N Carolina Floods

25th April - Today's News: Nesting Osprey Buried by Scottish Snow

24th April - Today's News: New Atmospheric Phenomenon Discovered: "Steve"

21st April - Today's News: Tropical Storm Arlene Forms in Atlantic

The first named system in April since Ana in 2003, Tropical Storm Arlene intensifies slightly in the open Atlantic; no threat to land
East Coast told to brace for giant 4m waves as another large storm takes aim for New Zealand
Snow, strong wind complicate traffic on Czech, Slovak roads
Sticking to their religion, regardless of what they see before them, in Louisiana: As the seas around them rise, fishermen deny climate change
And some reasons to fear the next UK heatwave - one of which is that we have spend thousands insulating our homes to make them warmer ....

20th April - Today's News: March 2017 2nd Warmest on Record, Despite no El Nino

Despite no El Nino, March and year to date were 2nd warmest on record for world.  Still believe global warming is a hoax Mr President? 
The hurricane season’s first depression just formed in the Atlantic Ocean
In Canada's Martime provinces, they ask where is spring? Winter-like weather continues with snow, record-breaking cold
Meanwhile in Europe, unseasonal snowfall brings Bosnian capital to halt
But in South Africa, an autumn heatwave hits drought-stricken Western, Northern Cape
The MetO always seem to be a day behind ..... but as pointed out yesterday, early April remains dry but some rain is on the horizon (though it won't be much, and there's the potential for some damaging frosts, and even snow in places, if latest model output is anything to go by)  
Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing - melting up to a month earlier than they once did.
Water is streaming across Antarctica - the continent is not quite so frozen after all
More signs of man's true foo…

19th April - Today's News: Water Shortage Warning After Dry Winter

Water companies warn parts of UK could see drought this summer after the driest winter in more than 20 years - and more worrying, many places have only seen 1mm or 2 of rain in April, with nothing much on the horizon either.   At this time of year more rain is needed because of plant growth, which extracts more water from the ground.   Given recent trends, we could have both water shortages and floods this summer - with rain falling in more intense downpours, and long dry spells inbetween.
But before then, we could see snow next week (and not just over hills).  And not just here.  Much of Europe continmues to experience a colder than usual second half of April.  Denmark has coldest April night this century.  There's already spring snow in Serbia.  And after spring weather, Slovakia faces record cold and snow
Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town
NASA images show new crack in Greenland's Petermann Glacier
And the Southern Alps will likely save NZ from 'river piracy'…

18th April - Today's News: A Cold, Snowy Easter in Parts of Europe

14th April - Today's News: Life on Enceladus?

13th April - Today's News: Ex-Cook Makes Landfall in NZ

12th April - Today's News: Ex-Cook Could be Worst Storm to Hit NZ Since 1968

Cyclone Cook set to bring chaos across New Zealand in wild weather week - it's predicted to be the worst storm since 1968 - with warning that 'extreme weather' is heading for Auckland.   
In Australia, Darwin hit by one of its coldest ever days - but at 22.1c it still sounds hot to me!
Argentina floods damage homes in south
Flammable floodplains are weak spot of Amazon forest
Before the Chemtrail nutters get too excited, this is just a small scale trial test to see if the idea could work - and I am certain there will be nothing at all to see from the ground as aerosols to protect Earth from global warming will be sprayed into the stratosphere next year.   I also remain certain that large scale operations will never take place since the consequences of doing so are likely to be at least as bad as doing nothing.   And let's face it, we can't even stop burning down rainforests yet ......  
Meanwhile,  huge permafrost thaw can be limited by ambitious climate targets
A &…

11th April - Today's News: Cyclone Cook Bears Down on NZ

They're just drying out from ex-Debbie, now Cyclone Cook bearing down on NZ with flood-stricken Bay of Plenty in line for wet weather double punch
But in Australia, cyclone warning cancelled for Tiwi Islands and Darwin
Snow falls, heavy rain, strong winds strike Victoria
Like long-lasting snow?  Head to New England .... Caribou, Maine, has had a foot or more of snow on the ground for a record-shattering 132 consecutive days
And after my comments yesterday, the MetO issued a blog post asking are the next three months going to be scorching? -  and confirming what I said.  Although they say almost the same thing every time we get these silly stories and every time it gets completely forgotten/ignored by the media.   Hopefully the message is slowly creeping through to the public though.

10th April - Today's News: Multiple Tornadoes in Washington DC

In the US, multiple tornadoes hit the D.C. area Thursday.
A UK date record on Sunday with 25.5c recorded in Cambridge (and a slightly dodgy 24.9c in my garden) - there is however absolutely nothing to suggest 3 month of hot weather are on the way (as some headlines - including the Scotsman - suggest today), other than the fact that, usually, April, May and June are warmer than March!  The headline appears to be a viral one based on this usual misinterpretation of the Met Office Contingency Planner's Forecast issued last month which does suggest a much higher probablity that April-June will be warmer than average, than colder - mainly due to higher than average sea temeperature - but that doesn't mean a heatwave.
Warm Atlantic waters wage a new assault on Arctic ice from below
In Australia: Brisbane has warmest March on record, Perth coldest in 18 years
Great Barrier Reef: Two-thirds damaged in 'unprecedented' bleaching
Cyclone Debbie: Why was aftermath deadlier than stor…

8th April - Today's News: Ex-Debbie Floods Recede in Australia, NZ

6th April - Today's News: Thousands Evacuated as Ex-Debbie Brings Floods to NZ

5th April - Today's News: Why We Should Forget About Climate Change

In Queensland, Rockhampton floodwaters due to peak later and remain high until the weekend whilst a pregnant cow survives 70-kilometre swim in NSW floodwater to scramble out of river at Pimlico
Controversy as storm chasers drove into a tornado on purpose. Then their peers berated them.
 Evidence of ancient 'geological Brexit' revealed - how the Straits of Dover formed 450,000 years ago
Future carbon dioxide, climate warming potentially unprecedented in 420 million years - that's by the 23rd century.  And of course, orbital parameters, continental configuration and vegetation - amongst other things -  are (will be) all very different now to then, so we can't really draw parallels.   It's not only CO2 that controls climate.
And an interesting blog piece on why we should forget about climate change (it's not what you might think - and I entirely agree with it).

4th April - Today's News: Ex-Debbie Hits NZ

3rd April - Today's News: Hundreds Dead, Missing in Colombian Landslide

1st April - Today's News: Ex-Debbie Flood Toll Rises to Three

Cyclone Debbie: Third person dies as flood crisis continues for NSW and Queensland
Massive north Atlantic storm sends surge of ice into St. John's, Newfoundland harbor whilst blizzard conditions drop up to 50 centimetres of snow
Thousands of tourists flock to capture California's rare wildflower 'super bloom' brought about by the wet winter 
For the UK, March 2017: rather warm and dry for some - including me.  It was almost virtually frost free ....   In fact the lowest temp I have recorded since 6th February is just -0.1c.   Very unusual.
Dozens feared dead as landslide hits homes in Indonesia .  Caused by rain?   Or caused by rain falling on recently deforested hillsides .....?
The incredible now and then images that reveal the full extent of the planet's receding glaciers
Research suggests some of Greenland's coastal ice will be permanently lost by 2100 - by which they presumably mean lost for a long time, but not necessarily at least 3,000,000,000 or so years. …

31st March - Today's News: Damaging Dust Storm Strikes Las Vegas

30th March - Today's News: Ex-Debbie Brings Major Flood Disruption to Parts of Queensland and NSW

29th March - Today's News: Three Dead as Tornado Chasers Crash

28th March - Today's News: Cat 4 Debbie Makes Landfall in Queensland

27th March - Today's News: Spring Snow in Spain

Spain buried under four inches of snow as Brits bask on hottest day of the year (this report was Sunday morning - Sunday saw Aviemore get even warmer with 19.9c recorded.  Of course, most of the UK wasn't quite that warm!) BOM warns of Cyclone Debbie inundation, 25,000 people in low-lying Mackay areas told to leave - a tidal surge of up to 2.5m is expected.  The storm is currently Cat 3 and expected to become Cat 4 by landfall, probably on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the Atlantic, Invest 90-L could develop into a Subtropical Storm this week; would be second time in March since records began
Flooding and thunderstorms hit Arabian Peninsula
Japan avalanche: eight high school climbers feared dead
And Peru’s deadly floods ring alarm bell for Latin America

25th March - Today's News: BoM Warn Debbie Could be Cat 5 Cyclone at Landfall

Cyclone Debbie could hit north Queensland as category five, Bureau of Meteorology warns
In southern Africa, Zimbabwe floods leave villagers stranded whilst Angola floods kill 11, cause widespread destruction
The Foehn effect: Can a mountain wind really make you ill?
Aurora Australis: Spectacular displays for first Southern Lights charter flight
And in the UK, severe weather causing delays to half of commuters at least once a month, Earth Hour poll finds - though I am not entirely convinced.   We don't even get severe weather that often!   I suppose if it's raining traffic may be slower though ....  which I think is what respondents were really thinking about.  ie weather causes delays to half of commuters at least once a month.


24th March - Today's News: Queensland Prepares for Cyclone Debbie

After a very quiet season so far, here comes Debbie! Category three cyclone possible for north Queensland as tropical low strengthens: BOM
A new study shows how global warming is increasing rainfall rates - meaning more extreme rainfall events will become common.   This does not mean however that overall rainfall may not decrease in some areas, including those that experience more floods.
Under the Dead Sea, warnings of dire drought for the region: rainfalls plummeted during the Holocene Climatic Optimum (Hypsithermal) and the Eemian Interglacial, when the world was warmer than today.
It's been said before, so nothing really new here, but another study suggests changes to flight paths could reduce aircraft effect on climate
Last year's NZ earthquake at Kaikoura: 'Most complex quake ever studied'
Mars rover spots clouds shaped by gravity waves
And Europa: Our best shot at finding alien life?  Within this solar system, probably