Showing posts from 2018

29th December - Today's News: 2018 Sees Record Rain and Drought in US

28th December - Today's News: Australian Heatwave Brings Record Temperatures

27th December - Today's News: Over 400 Now Dead After Indonesian Tsunami

22nd December - Today's News: A Martian Snowscene fror Christmas

21st December - Today's News: Sydney's Weird Hailstones

20th December - Today's News: Met Office Predict Near Record Warmth in 2019

18th December - Today's News: Un-named Stormy Weather Hits British Isles

First up, an apology, of sorts, to the media.  Apparently Met Eireann named Storm Deirdre at the weekend because it was a bit breezy on Craggy Island.   It still had nothing to do with freezing rain or snow.
Today, hundreds left without power after rain and wind hits Northern Ireland where a weather warning was issued, unlike for Scotland where 70-80mph gales have hit, resulting in a 'major incident' as lorries topple on Larne to Cairnryan ferry.   Meanwhile, in the SW a Russian cargo ship runs aground off Cornwall coast and in Eire, flood risk after heavy downpours, thousands of homes and businesses without power.  Craggy Island was only slightly breezy though, so this storm is unnamed. 
Climate change leading to water shortage in Andes, Himalayas as glaciers melt
How the full story on climate change requires the long view
The most-distant solar system object ever observed is called ...... Farout
And some 'incredibly detailed' dinosaur footprints revealed by U.K. storm…

17th December - Today's News: Sun City Struck by Massive Hailstorm

15th December - Today's News: Tornadoes Form From the Ground Up?

Snow and freezing rain expected in Britain today, especially across the north of the country.   The media have once again booped by declaring it "Deirdre" - but the MetO don't name storms on the basis of a amber warning for ice ....   We'll no doubt get a couple more "Deirdres" before it actually occurs.
Thousands lose power as wild weather lashes Sydney again
Ex-Cyclone Owen downgraded to tropical low half a day after crossing Queensland coast
Frump has his fingers in his ears again as it's reported that the scientific basis for EPA's Endangerment Finding is stronger than ever
And new research may upend what we know about how tornadoes form - it appears they may form from the ground up.

14th DEcember - Today's News: Owen Expected to Hit Queensland as Cat 4 Cyclone

Cyclone Owen to reach category four today as it closes in on Queensland's coast
Further south, Melbourne weather brings flash flooding to CBD and eastern suburbs as deluge dumped on city whilst a severe thunderstorm causes power outage to Central Coast, major delays at Sydney Airport
In South Africa it's reported that a very selective tornado damages 26 schools in Eastern Cape ......  I can't find any reports of any other buildings being damaged so suspect it's just cumulative wind damage over a period of time, with the "real" story being just that 26 schools that have had damage from strong winds in recent months will have the necessary repairs carried out during the holiday period.
The long dry: Why the world's water supply is shrinking
And Nasa's Jupiter mission Juno reveals giant polar storms

13th December - Today's News: Heavy Rain in SE Australia and Cyclone Owen in North

12th December - Today's News: Military Chaff on US Radar

The mystery of the strange blob that appeared on weather radar on a clear day is solved - military chaff, and the ambient weather conditions meant it hung around longer than normal.  Not the first time this has happened.

Elsewhere in the USA, Winter Storm Diego leaves four dead, one missing; over 60,000 without power in Southeast
In Australia, extreme weather on the way as tropical cyclone, southern low pressure system develop in the east
Meanwhile Darwin swelters through hottest night ever recorded
Some good news as the Great Barrier Reef shows signs of resilience to bleaching in south, but researchers are wary
Humans may be reversing the climate clock, by 50 million years
Warming, sea-ice loss: Arctic Report Card tracks region's environmental changes with the "second-warmest air temperatures ever recorded; the second-lowest overall sea-ice coverage; lowest recorded winter ice in the Bering Sea; and earlier plankton blooms due to early melting of sea ice in the Bering Sea.&…

10th December - Today's News: A Siberian Mirage

7th December - Today's News: Air Pollution Killed 1.24 million Indians in 2017

6th December - Today's News: Greenland Glacial Melt "Off the Chart"

5th December - Today's News: "Triple Rainbow" Spotted in Gloucestershire

Three rainbows photographed in Gloucestershire - the third rainbow being a reflection bow
In Cyprus, the blame game starts after as storm clean-up goes on
Queensland heatwave smashes BOM November records, Stradbroke Island keeps burning
Meanwhile, Owen becomes the first tropical cyclone of the season and the first to develop in the Coral Sea in December since 1997
And the scene of massive landslip in Highlands remains 'a risk' with Kinlochhourn likely to remain cut off until sometime next year.

4th December - Today's News: Storms in NZ

3rd December - Today's News: Outbreak of Winter Tornadoes in US

1st December - Today's News: Quakes Rock Alaska

30th November - Today's News: Mudslides and Floods Hit California

29th November - Today's News: 2018 Set to be 4th Warmest Year on Record

2018 is on track to be the 4th hottest year on record according to the WMO meaning the last four years are 'world's hottest' overall.
Queensland bushfire emergency continues with two homes lost but whole towns saved
Despite a chilly Thanksgiving - for some - extreme heat increasing in both summer and winter in North America.  Frumpy, no doubt, denies it.  
Microplastics pollution in Falklands as high as UK
Climate changes brings a risk of many regions increasingly suffer hot, dry conditions at the same time - as happened this year - with implications for food supply
And researchers rise to challenge of predicting hail, tornadoes three weeks in advance

28th November - Today's News: Storm, Floods Strike Sydney

Sydney storms: Two killed amid flash-flooding chaos whilst the Sydney weather sparks road chaos, as 'mini cyclone' blows part of building off  and further north in the Queensland bushfires: Thousands told to flee 'catastrophic' threat.

Sydney weather and Queensland bushfire extremes have a common thread
When a bushfire creates a storm, fire tornadoes, dry lightning and pyrocumulonimbus clouds are just the beginning
 In the UK, travel hit across Wales amid 70mph winds and tomorrow looks windier.  And in Ireland, ESB working to restore power to 19,000 customers as weather warnings extended
Apparently the EU aims to be 'climate neutral' by 2050 - so does that mean no soya or palm products?   No hardwood furniture?  No contrail producing air travel?  No, it's just a con ....  There's a lot more to AGW than CO2.   Meanwhile,  CO2 emissions rising for first time in four years - and it's no good blaming China when all your mobile phones and other unnecessar…

27th November - Today's News: Italian City Hit by Tornado

26th November - Today News: All-time Record High Temperatures in Northern Queensland (Where's Frump?)

24th November - Today's News: A Record Cold Thanksgiving in Parts of USA

Turtles die as cold temperatures set regional records for Thanksgiving in NE USA.  In Frumpland this proves that the whole planet is not getting any warmer.   So he'll be none to bothered that a report warns of growing impact on US life.  Cos it's all fake, innit?!
Rain helps douse California fire but slows search crews
Pacific Ocean typhoons could be intensifying more than previously projected
Slow Arctic freeze raises risk of polar bear extinction, say scientists - slight exageratioin there, methinks, and one which will only come back to bite.   But the arctic is freezing up slower than normal.
A happy ending for Toshka the flying Yorkshire terrier blown away by a gust of Arctic wind
And Amazon rainforest deforestation 'worst in 10 years', says Brazil

22nd November - Today's News: Health Warnings as Dust Storm Hits Sydney

21st November - Today's News: First Snow of Season for Southern England

Snow hits southern England after temperatures plummet overnight - actually, they didn't drop particularly low, but it's not very warm today.  And apparently it even snowed this morning in Evesham - though as I was in the shop at the time, I missed it ....
Massive waterspout forms off the coast of southern Italy.   Meanwhile, in NZ, another waterspout sighting on North Shore 'crazy'
Australian dust storms cloak outback NSW, could hit Sydney if winds persist
Migrants trapped in Bosnia awaken to winter’s arrival - some seeingf snow for the first time in their lives. But it looks like there'll be no snow in Lapland at start of Santa season
Current climate models underestimate warming by black carbon aerosols
And a dead sperm whale found in Indonesia had ingested '6kg of plastic' including 115 cups .....

20th November - Today's News: Snow Arrives Late in Japan

17th November - Today's News: Chaos as First Winter Storm Hits New York

16th November - Today's News: Over 600 Missing After California Wildfires

15th November - Today's News: Deadly Storms, Floods in Arabia

14th November - Today's News: Death Toll in California Wildfires Continues to Grow

12th November - Today's News: Camp Fire Now Deadliest in California History

10th November - Today's News: Camp Fire Most Destructive in California History; At Least 9 Dead

9th November - Today's News: Wildfire Destroys Paradise

Northern California wildfires force thousands to flee Paradise as town burns
In NZ, bad weather moves north after bringing snow, heavy rain and washouts to the South Island
Here, it's been soggy out west: Roads and homes flood in Pembrokeshire as more rain due
And the good news is a 'remarkable' decline in fertility rates.  The bad news is the suggestion that ever growing human populations are in any possible way anything at all other than a very, very bad thing ....  A 50% drop in population levels over the next 100 years ought be the target (and would probably, in itself, alleviate most human induced climate change).

8th November - Today's News: Giant Hail, Floods and Aurora Down Under

5th November - Today's News: 2 Familes Dead in Scililian Floods

3rd November - Today's News: Italian Villages Isolated After Landslides

2nd November - Today's News: How Britain's Climate is Changing

Extreme weather reveals changing climate in the UK, says a new report from the Met Office.  Hot days (and nights) are getting hotter, cold days less common.
In the US, severe storms, tornadoes rattle Deep South, leaving 2 dead and 100,000 powerless
Canberra fire: Pierces Creek blaze alert level reduced after thunderstorm hits city
And new research suggests that the oceans 'soaking up more heat than estimated'

31st October - Today's News: Snow Chaos in France

30th October - Today's News: More Deadly Floods in Italy

29th October - Today's News: October Snow Falls in Cornwall

It's been the coldest coldest October days for a decade as Arctic blast brings snow and a three-day cold snap with temperatures plunging to just 19F - in fact, it has been so cold it even snowed in Cornwall. It dropped to -2.5c in my garden this morning which is the lowest October temperature I have recorded since it reached -2.9c in 2003. October frosts do seem to be getting rarer, with them occurring every 2 or 3 years prior to 2010, but only once since then (and that only just an air frost at -0.2c).  So, normal weather then, bucking the trend of recent years.
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27th October - Today's News: 21 Dead in Jordan Flash Flood

Down to -0.8c on my garden this morning and reports of snow falling as far south as Stoke as it turns distinctly autumnal in Britain.
Children in the Middle East again killed by a flash flood as death toll in Jordan flood reaches 21 At least 37 other people rescued but more still missing.

Massive thunderstorm blankets Saudi with hail 1-metre deep ‘It was like a sea’: St Helena residents describe flood terror in Trinidad
Zakynthos earthquake: Greek island shaken by 6.4 tremor
A warning for those living on the British coast as rising seas will swamp homes, report says whilst for everyone else, meteorologist expects severe drought and heavy rain events to worsen globally
And the stilling: The curious case of land wind speed decline - maybe it's all those turbines?!

25th October - Today's News: Hurricane Wipes Island Off the Map ....

23th October - Today's News: Spain Hit by Severe Storms and Floods

22nd October - Today's News: Violent Hailstorms and Floods in Italy

20th October - Today's News: More Floods Hit Majorca

More devastating Majorca floods see cops forced to rescue 60 people including tourists from cars and roofs of buildings
Water woes as drought leaves Germany's Rhine shallow
Man killed by lightning near Dubbo, as electrical storms lash Sydney
And is it coincidence? Blackpool hit by four earthquakes just days after fracking started again in the area   In fact the latest BSG list shows five - but all very, very, small and with zero impact.
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18th October - Today's News: Cherry Blossoms in Autumn

Cherry blossoms bloom unexpectedly in Japan with the loss of leaves from recent typhoons suggested as a possible reason
Hurricane Michael: Death toll continues to rise amid searches
US tornado frequency shifting eastward from Great Plains
New research on wind farms and reducing hurricane precipitation
Arctic greening thaws permafrost, boosts runoff
How Arctic ice sets speed limit for major ocean current with the possibility being that further Arctic warming could means colder water spilling into the North Atlantic, with implications for, at least, NW European weather.

An end to night?  China plans to launch artificial moon bright enough to replace city's streetlights by 2020.  Serious implications for health and wildlife, I think!  If it works ....

And the Pando aspen clone or 'trembling giant', the world's largest organism, is collapsing - probably due to an increase in the deer population