Showing posts from January, 2018

31st January - Today's News: Snow and Floods in Australia

In Western Australia, Broome lost in the flood of a tropical superstorm whilst snow follows summer heat as Tasmanian weather lives up to reputation for extremes
And NZ's heatwave breaks with fires and flooding as storm hits parched South Island
An 'unusually large' cyclone churns through the Antarctic sea ice impacting further on record-low sea ice levels 
Record warm January temperatures logged in Russian Arctic
UK regional weather forecasts could be improved using jet stream data
How to reduce heat extremes by 2-3 degrees Celsius by painting infratsructure and changing farming methods
And one for the chemtrail nutters to freak out over as NASA reveals a photo showing how even ship emissions leave tracks in the clouds.  Unlike contrails, ship trails may have a slight overall cooling effect.

30th January - Today's News: More Records in NZ Heatwave

29th January - Today's News: Snow Covers Middle East

27th January - Today's News: Paris Floods; Cape Town Runs Dry

25th January - Today's News: Floods in France

23rd January - Today's News: Landslide Derails Train Near Essan

This happened early yesterday morning, though I didn't pick it up till later in the day: Landslide forces train to derail as Britain is hit by floods after weekend snow thaw.  Location is about 3/4 mile east of Essan, by the Muidhe.
Unfortunately, at the moment, all weather has been cancelled because Met Office unable to update forecasts because of fire at £97m supercomputer building in Devon
More breaking news: Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami alert
Skier killed and at least 16 injured after massive volcanic eruption consumes Japanese mountain resort whilst there have been thousands stranded, scores injured in snowbound Tokyo after the city saw it's heaviest snowfall in 4 years
Extreme drought grips parts of South Africa
And another reason never to start; climate engineering, once started, would have severe impacts if stopped

22nd January - Today's News: Floods and Landslides Hit Devon

19th January - Today's News: Naming Controversy in Wake of Deadly European Storm

Storm name controversy in the wake of Fionn/not-Fionn/no-name/David/Friederike .....  Liam Dutton explains why I criticised Met Eireann for naming Storm Fionn whilst the Met Office criticised for not naming storm which battered Britain.  So should the Met Office have named last night’s storm? Yes and no.  Yes, it should under the current policy, but it's a policy I am not alone in thinking should be dropped - not least because of the way it's deliberately misused by the media to cause confusion, concern and to generate sales ....  And the rest of Europe needs to get it's act together too and agree that if a storm IS named, it's only named once!
Whatever its name, storm kills at least seven as it rips roofs from buildings and flips trucks in Europe with all long-distance trains cancelled across Germany until further notice due to hurricane as a video shows pedestrians get blown away in shocking footage as 140kph gusts batter Netherlands.   This morning, Germany in huge…

18th January - Today's News: Storm David/Friederike Hits Britain & NW Europe

Overnight and this morning more travel disruption as high winds and snow hit UK  - but it wasn't Storm Fionn, as some media still claim.  That affected Ireland on Tuesday night.   Whilst unnamed by the MetO, last night's storm - which seemed worse in Evesham than Storm Eleanor - has been dubbed David by the French.  And Friederike by the Germans ....  Meanwhile, as the storm moves into Europe, 'code red' storm halts Dutch trains and flights whilst trains cancelled in western Germany until further notice due to storm
In the US there have been at least 12 deaths from snow, ice and record cold in South
Sydney set to bake in 43 degree temperatures again during five-day heatwave as people are warned to stay indoors
Iranians pray for rain amid water crisis 
And the U.S. sets record of 246 straight days without a tornado death

17th January - Today's News: Record Winter Heatwave Makes Alaska Hotter Than Florida

Tropical heat wave sends temperatures to record levels in Alaska - where it was even (briefly) warmer than Florida ....   And across the Arctic weather anomalies accelerate the melting of sea ice
Moscow only got six minutes of sunshine in December - its gloomiest month on record
Heavy snow in places yesterday, especially the Borders, saw hundreds of stranded drivers spend a freezing night in their cars - and where's Sir Andy Flurry? Keeping track of Scotland's gritters
Meanwhile the media have been completely flummoxed after thinking windy weather tonight would be named Storm Fionn - only for Met Eireann to designate the name to winds on their west coast last night. Storm Fionn aftermath: Thousands of people without power, snow and strong winds forecast. As yet, no name allocated for tonight and winds don't now look likely to be strong enough to warrant one. ....  However, forecasters issue new warning of persistent heavy snow for parts of Scotland and NW England.   Just r…

16th January - Today's News: Ex-Joyce Brings 4 Months Rain in 1 Day to Perth

15th January - Today's News: California Mudslide Toll Rises

13th January - Today's News: Black Snow Falls in Kazakhstan

11th January - Today's News: California Mudslide Kill at Least 17

10th January - Today's News: Philip Eden RIP

Sad news this morning as it's announced that one of Britain's most kind and knowledgeable meteorologists has passed away.  Philip had been suffering Parkinson's and dementia for several years.   No obituary has been posted yet.
In California: Rescuers search for mudslide survivors with 13 so far confirmed dead
Alps snow strands thousands of tourists in Switzerland.  Again
In WA, a yellow alert for Kimberley and Pilbara as cyclone bears down
And 2017 was the third warmest year on record for the U.S. according to preliminary NOAA data

9th January - Today's News: Cyclone Ava: 29 Dead in Madagascar

8th January - Today's News: Thousands of Fruit Bats Dead in Aussie Heatwave

6th January - Today's News: Death Toll Rises in US Deep Freeze

5th January - Today's News: Nor'easter Brings Frozen Floods to Boston

4th January - Today's News: Storm Burglind (nee Eleanor) Hits Europe

After crossing Britain, deadly Storm Eleanor batters Europe;  renamed by the Germans,  Storm Burglind causes havoc in Switzerland, derails train
In the US winter storm rakes East Coast, bringing snow to Florida, Georgia, Carolinas while researchers reveal how America's weather is 'in the wrong place'.   But in the west, Sierra Nevada has just 3% of the expected snow as fears rise of drought's return to California
Whilst it sometimes seems that wildfires are getting bigger and more frequent, in fact the opposite is the case (they just get reported more due to the internet) and these fire reductions 'make methane numbers add up'
And new analysis of Tabby's Star: Alien megastructure not the cause of dimming of the 'most mysterious star in the universe' - although it could be debris left over from the destruction of an alien megastructure (or even a planet) .....

3rd January - Today's News: Storm Eleanor Hits Britain

A rather breezy night as Eleanor kept trying to open my bedroom window wider to get in ..... Travel chaos and thousands left without power as UK lashed by 100mph winds.  In Cornwall, it was waves that caused damage as Portreath harbour wall destroyed by Storm Eleanor near the Waterfront Inn whilst in Ireland a massive clean-up operation underway as country braces for more gale force winds - colder but settled weather should set in by the weekend. 
At least nine deaths from cold as vast area of US gripped by Arctic chill
A new UEA study predicts a significantly drier world at 2ºC - though I'm not sure how that correlates with paleoclimates when Earth was warmer?   I thought it was usually a case of colder = drier / warmer = wetter (with, of course, regional variations) ......

And according to NASA's figures, 2017 was the hottest year on record without an El Niño, thanks to global warming

2nd January - Today's News: Niagara Falls Freeze Over