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28th February - Today's News: Reykjavik Sees record Snowfall

There was record Snow in Reykjavík yesterday morning - with a total of 51cm, the highest ever for February.   Though actually not a huge amount more than we saw in Evesham in December 2010 .....  And here's some more incredible photos of the record breaking snowfall night in Reykjavik
Man dies after tree fell on car during Storm Doris
Antarctic sea ice 'obliterates' previous minimum record, in remarkable reverse
In Zimbabwe, bridge swept away in Cyclone Dineo flood
And apparently Britain was hit by a -8C chill and nearly two inches of snow this morning just one day before the start of spring. Which is as unusual in the Pennines and Highlands in February as a misleading Daily Mail headline any time of the year .....   Meanwhile the Mirror seems to think we're still being hit by (non)storm Ewan ....

27th February - Today's News: Chilean Capital Without Water After Floods

Chile floods: Millions without water in capital Santiago
After storm Doris finally formed some 3 weeks after the media incorrectly named it, further embarassment for the storm naming policy adopted by the MetO and Met Eirean with Ireland's snow, ice and wind warnings withdrawn as Storm Ewan weaker than forecast - in other words, Ewan is the storm that wasn't.   Although there are a few beefy showers around today, some of which could produce a little thunder, and snow over higher hills.
A tornado touched down in Massachusetts during strong Saturday storm
Dozens of storm chasers pay tribute to Twister actor Bill Paxton by spelling out his initials using GPS map coordinates in the heart of Tornado Alley
An interesting article asking why did Greenland's Vikings vanish?  It seems the answer may be more complex than assumed.  Oh, isn't that "Mayhew's Law"?  Again!
A sobering piece on plastic and how it affects our oceans
And sand mining: the global environmenta…

25th February - Today's News: Record High Temperatures in NE USA

24th February - Today's News: One Dead as Storm Doris Hits Britain

Storm Doris devastation: Schoolgirl fights for her life after gym roof collapses on 40 pupils while debris kills woman, 29 whilst Storm Doris closes roads and schools across Scotland due to snow and in N Ireland, Game of Thrones tree victim of Storm Doris.  .   And this morning there are still 1,500 homes and businesses still without power in Wales.   It was just a windy day in Evesham.  Two plastic plant pots were blown from one side of my garden to the other.  And my rain gauge was somehow knocked over ....
Meanwhile, the remnants of Storm Doris brings harsh winds and snow to Sweden and storm disrupts train and air travel, plane crashes off runway at Schiphol
From NZ, the science behind the South Island's first fire tornado
Did the drought contribute to severe flooding in San Jose?
Toronto breaks 1984 record for highest temperature ever recorded in February
There's also been a new temperature record for Switzerland
Australia continues to feel t…

22nd February - Today's News: Britain and Europe Prepares for Storm Doris

Tomorrow's weather is starting to look serious as Met Office says Storm Doris is going to be bigger than previously thought - they've expanded theor amber warning for wind to include my back garden, and have also upgraded the warning for snow across southern Scotland to amber too.  However the spell of most intense winds looks likely to be fairly short lived.   The main issue is, of course, the lack of stormy weather this winter meaning more damage is possible than usual for this time of year - still plenty of dead branches on trees waiting to come down.

The storm is also expected to affect northern Europe with all of the Netherlands under a yellow warning as storm force winds set to batter the Netherlands on Thursday and warnings of hurricane-force winds on the way to Germany
There's at least 8 dead, more than 200 evacuated as northern California reels from second round of storms with San Jose flooding: Dozens rescued by boat
There were seven killed in Mozambique tropical…

21st February - Today's News: Tornadoes Hit San Antonio, Texas

Storms ravage Texas with San Antonio the worst hit after three tornadoes touch down
Meanwhile, northern California braces for flooding; Don Pedro spillway opened for the first time in 20 years
In Omaha warm streak blasts one record after another- and they have not had a below average month since August 2015
Ex-Tropical Cyclone Alfred makes landfall, weakens to tropical low
A date record for the UK yesterday with 18.3c recorded at Northolt, and a slightly dubious 17c in my garden.  But winter is on its way back! And guess what, with an amber warning now issued for strong winds across the middle of Britain on Thursday, it's Storm Doris - the one the media told us we had three weeks ago  .... !
Thousands of homes flooded in Jakarta
Singapore 'fire rainbow' cloud phenomenon lights up sky - it looks like particularly bright irridescence to me
And there are plans afoot for an ice-locked ship to drift over North Pole and provide meteorological and climate data

20th February - Today's News: Cyclone and Summer Snow in Australia

18th February - Today's News: Four Dead in "Worst California Storm in Years"

17th February - Today's News: Is Zealandia a Continent? No ...

California storms: rains drench the north as south braces for huge hit
'Where do you put the snow?': 4th storm in 9 days sees trouble pile up in New Brunswick
But America’s February warmth is extreme, and it’s just getting started
Sydney storm: Power cut to 40,000 homes across Sydney, Central Coast
Christchurch fire halted as residents count losses
Warnings of  less snow and a shorter ski season in the Alps by the end of this century
Weather experts say new El Niño possible later this year
Plastic 'nurdles' found littering UK beaches - I'm actually surprised how many (or that any!) beaches didn't have them ....
And Zealandia: Is there an eighth continent under New Zealand?   Personally, I disagree.   Because it's not defined by tectonic boundaries - indeed, it's split across two seperate plates (NZ is formed by the collision between the Pacific and Austalian plates) .... 

16th February - Today's News: Tropical Storm Dineo Hits Mozambique

Tropical Storm Dineo hits Mozambique
'Biggest storm of winter' to unleash flooding rain in California at week’s end
Yosemite National Park's stunning 'firefall' doesn't disappoint as perfect conditions make waterfall glow like lava
A bit of humour from down under as Australian town gets a ‘pounding’ from penis-shaped storm 
More than 1,000 people evacuated as New Zealand bushfire rages into fourth day
According to NASA January was the third warmest on record
How an Ice Age paradox could inform sea level rise predictions
And a sad case of the media once again publishing a misleading story whose headline in particular bears no relation to the actual press release as, for example, the Guardian claims Scottish gamekeepers and mountaineers oppose tree-planting plan.   They don't.  What they say is that they are  "... concerned at the potential impacts fragmented policy may have on Scotland’s rare open landscapes" but emphasise that "neither the SGA …

14th February - Today's News: Rush to Repair California Dam Before Next Storm

13th February - Today's News: Widespread Flooding Across South Pacific Islands

11th February - Today's News: Severe Fire Risk as Australian Heatwave Continues

Eastern Australia swelters as hot conditions continue with warnings that in NSW, unprecedented fire conditions are 'as bad as it gets'
Meanwhile, in WA, Ravensthorpe cut off by floodwater, chopper sent to rescue stranded drivers
We had a few hours this morning of intermittent light snow and snow grains - nothing settling, of course, but at least it feels like a "snow day" for a change.   That's probably it for the year though!  And it's not yet dropped below freezing in this supposed "coldest spell of the winter" ......
It’s about 50 degrees warmer than normal near the North Pole, yet again
Is South Africa due for a tropical cyclone?
And did a double plume of magma wipe out the dinosaurs?  No.  But it was a contributory factor.  Mayhew's Law!

10th February - Today's News: More Records Falling in Intense Australian Heatwave

9th February - Today's News: Australian Heatwave Brings Black-out Fears

8th February - Today's News: Tornadoes Strike New Orleans

7th February - Today's News: Buildings Collapse as Flash Floods Strike Sydney

6th February - Today's News: David Rose Caught Misleading the Public, Yet Again

3rd February - Today's News: Has Punxsutawney Phil got it Wrong?

In the US, yesterday was Groundhog Day 2017: Phil says ‘long winter,’ but he was wrong before he even woke up  because there's unusual warmth projected for nearly all of North America in the next few weeks - he may be right for the UK though, with the current mild spell coming to and end and at least a  few cold days likely to set in towards the end of next week.  
Here, storms bring huge waves, flash floods and leave cars smashed under fallen trees - but it still isn't (and won't be) Storm Doris no matter how often the Daily Fail and other lying media say it is!  They will hopefully look very silly if/when we do get our next named storm (which by the looks of things could still be some weeks away).  If the media in this country want any respect at all, the first thing they need to do is stop spreading lies and deliberately misleading disinformation.  And stick to facts.
Panic in the ailses!  Supermarkets ration lettuces after poor weather hits growers whilst aubergin…

2nd February - Today's News: Slightly Stormy, Normal Winter Weather is NOT "Doris"

Thousands of homes left without power as storm hits Devon - but it's not "Doris" !!!!  Even if the Daily Telegraph (and most other newspapers over the past few days) imply it is.   It's only noticeably windy because we have had so little stormy weather this winter compared with normal.  At present there's no indication that the further windy weather forecast for later tomorrow will be named.
For real bad weather see these pictures from Norilsk where it's so windy people forced to move around on all-fours in atrocious conditions in Arctic city
Footage shows dirty brown floodwater suddenly surging through the Peruvian capital Lima after a river burst its banks
Photographs capture lakes and rivers forming on a melting polar ice cap
Chances of seeing Aurora Borealis from UK 'may disappear' over the next few decades if, as predicted, solar activity continues to decline
In Svalbard, coal mine dust lowers spectral reflectance of Arctic snow by up to 84 percent

1st February - Today's News: Record Lack of Southern Hemisphere Cyclones

Severe blizzards wreak havoc on Russia’s Arctic city of Norilsk with heavier than usual snowfall
Southern hemisphere's tropical cyclone streak shattered - there have been hurricane strength storms since Aril last year. the longest period on record
Here, the media continue to publish stories about Storm Doris coming - and affecting, it seems, all parts of the country.  In fact, no storm has yet been named and there remains uncertainty as to where - if indeed anywhere - will see gales at the end of this weekend.  The SW is most at risk.  There is also no certainty of any particularly cold weather moving in from the east later in the month, although it's a possibility and it probably won't stay as mild as it currently is beyond next week.
There a record low for ice in the Baltic for the time of year
Heavy rains bring stunning changes to Western Australia's remote desert landscapes
Canberra has sweated through the hottest January on record whilst January was hottest month on…