11th January - Today's News: Another Storm Batters Western US

Temperature peaked at 11.1c in my garden at 5.45z this morning - the highest this year.  All downhill now as it looks like a while before we will see temps quite that high.   And there are increasing sigfns we might even see some snow .....  (but nothing disruptive or lasting).

As this latest spell of wintry weather (finally bringing snow to the Highlands after a week with barely a patch to be seen, even on the highest summits) gets underway, winds close Forth Road Bridge, cut power to homes

The media report that mini-tornadoes in Central Otago throw fences 500 metres- but the pictures clearly show them to be dust devils


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