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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