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28th February - Today's News: Australia has Hottest Summer on Record

27th February - Today's News: Wildfires as UK Breaks Temperature Record Again

The UK record fell again yesterday with 21.2c at Kew Gardens - over 70f - and even 18.9c in my garden, as the remarkable winter heatwave continues.  However, not all good news as firefighters battle giant wall of flames stretching half-a-mile over Saddleworth Moor as wild blazes rage across Britain after hottest winter day on record - with more wildfires in Scotland, Sussex, Cornwall and Wales.   Wildfires season in the UK normally takes place in May.  But then, temperatures this week have been on a par for May!
But it's not just asking where's winter? Western Europe basks in record temperatures
Pollen at 'unusually high levels' amid early spring in Germany
Locals joke after 3.7 magnitude earthquake shakes Sussex homes
'Ice tsunami' hits New York prompting evacuations
In Peru: Deadly floods and landslides hit Huancavelica
At high enough CO2 levels, clouds will start to physically break apart - but no more boring stratocumulus is not good news for climate change.  …

26th February - Today's News: Record Warmth in UK

25th February - Today's News: Deadly Mississippi Tornado

23rd February - Today's News: Record Snowfall in Arizona

22nd February - Today's News: Record High Temperatures in Scotland

Scotland beats February temperature record from 1897 - 18.3c in Aboyne yesterday was the highest February temperature ever recorded in Scotland, as well as a UK date record.  And it's been a challenging winter for snowsports in Scotland due to the unusual lack of snow.   We may see some next month (not down here though!).
Even the steaming Nevada desert gets more snow than we do ....  Winter storms bring rare snowfall to Las Vegas and Los Angeles
Cyclone Oma weakens but impacts still expected along Queensland coast
Death toll from Pakistan flash floods, rains rises to 26
Powerful jet stream propels Virgin Atlantic plane to record-breaking speed
Tornado fatalities continue to fall, despite population growth in Tornado Alley
Only visible this time of year, if the weather conditions are right, the annual 'Firefall' in Yosemite National Park stuns visitors
The Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years during the PETM. 
580 mya there was

20th February - Today's News: Another Big Winter Storm to Hit US

Whilst the weather remains rather benign - and boring - here in the UK, in the US Winter Storm Petra bears down on East Coast with 200 million people in parts of 39 states in its path.  There's a chance we could see near record high temperatures later this week.  Whether winter finally arrives in March, or early spring continues though, remains to be seen .... 
Southern Mexico's heat wave continues in 20 states, temperatures over 40 C in seven - but there is snow forecast in the north
Tropical Cyclone Oma scours New Caledonia, with warnings in Australia that Tropical Cyclone Oma could make it to the Queensland coast early next week, BOM says
Preserved leaves reveal 7000 years of rainfall and drought in Queensland
It's claimed that climate change makes summer weather stormier yet more stagnant - but they obviously haven't been to England where summer thunderstorms are becoming an endangered species!
And sad news of the death of the 'grandfather of climate science&…

16th February - Today's News: Siberian Black Snow

Eerie black snow falls over Siberian region triggering acute pollution concerns from locals
In the US, Winter Storm Nadia shuts down highways, triggers crashes in Missouri; 1 dead
Yesterday, loads of kids skived off school to demand that climate change is someone else's problem.  Climate strike: Why are students striking and will it have an impact?  And schools' climate strike: 'Why we skipped school to protest'.   I do hope the irony of suggesting that the government do something "concrete" (what?  Ban kids from having iPhone, central heating and holidays abroad?) is not entirely lost on them .....   But changes start at home.   And it is our problem.

Or perhaps the UK Govt should ban global wildfires?  A significant factor as scientists discovered where black carbon comes from in the Arctic in winter and summer
And a (legitimate) warning from BP: Plastic ban 'could have unintended consequences'

15th February - Today's News: "Staggering" Rainfall Brings Floods, Mudslides to California

14th February - Today's News: Queensland Floods Create Own Weather

13th February - Today's News: More Heatwaves, Burning Soil, Dust Storms and Snow in Australia

12th February - Today's News: Hawaii Records All-time Low Temperatures

11th February - Today's News: Deadly Floods Hit Atacama Desert

The world's driest desert floods as extreme weather hits Chile - this comes after recent record heat, and a whole dry decade since Santiago last saw "average" rainfall.
Already the snowiest February for 70 years in Seattle (so that's where our winter went!) there's no time to dig out! More snow is predicted for the Pacific Northwest as parts lay buried beneath over a foot of the white stuff
Strong winds, dangerous surf and even snow hit Hawaii at the weekend
More snow in the east too as blizzards in Tibet kill thousands of livestock.  But in China, mild weather sees first cherry blossoms blooming early - nearly a whole month early

And it looks like winter is over for Evesham, not that it ever really began.  Again ..... .

9th February - Today's News: 2 Dead in Windy Britain

8th February - Today's News: Hundreds of Thousands of Cattle Dead in Queensland Floods

7th February - Today's News: Remembering Black Saturday

10 years ago was Black Saturday: The bushfire disaster that shook Australia.  173 people died in the firestorm.   It was just before I started this news blog, but I remembering the awful stories all too well.
Meanwhile today there's an emergency warning for bushfire in Forrestdale, south of Perth, as homes, schools threatened but at least rains bring relief to bushfire-weary Tasmanian towns and fire crews
 Chaff also makes the news in Australia, messing with our weathe radar. It looks like rain but it’s actually secret military exercises
Canadians told to expect every year to be 'awful': Experts weigh how to protect B.C. public from wildfire smoke
World heading for warmest decade, says Met Office.  Whilst their UK medium/long range weather forecasts may not always be as accurate as we'd like, when it comes to global temperature forecasts they have usually been right and I know of no reason to suppose they won't be this time.  Unless Yellowstone erupts ....  This pr…

6th February - Today's News: Sarajevo Bridge Collapses Amid Bosnian Flood Emergency

State of emergency declared in Bosnia after heavy flooding
At least 14 people killed in Bolivia landslides after heavy rain
After studying isotope in ice cores, scientists have been revising the history of big, climate-altering volcanic eruptions
A huge cavity in Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay
And whilst some other countries pump out more, it seems we, at least are trying, as UK CO2 emissions fall again - but we're still a very long off target!

5th February - Today's News: Winter Storm Hits US West Coast

4th February - Today's News: Major Flooding in Townsville, Qld, as More Rain Falls

2nd February - Today's News: More Snow Chaos in Southern England

Unexpectedly, snow persisted through much of yesterday across s small swath of central southern England resulting in more snow chaos across Britain.  But it's turning warmer next week.  The warm-up won't be as dramatic as in America though where the US counts the cost as polar vortex retreats, with temperatures to rise by 30C
In northern Queensland, Townsville flooding could worsen with more heavy rain and dam releases
Tasmania's fire disaster revealed in satellite images showing the extent of the damage
And a meteor explodes over small town in western Cuba, shattering windows and pelting homes with fragments of the space rock

1st February - Today's News: Snow Affects Southern England

And we have snow cover in Evesham ..... just!   Pretty pleased with my forecast of 1-3cm for the region, falling in the early hours, with maybe a bit more over the Cotswolds, but only a dusting in places.  About 0.5-1cm in Evesham.   But rapidly melting from roads and pavements.  That thousands of workers and schoolchildren at home while millions more slog to the office after coldest night in seven years with -15.4C lows is such a newsworthy event perhaps reflects how rare proper wintry weather has become in the country, with no guarantees of it occurring even once every winter.  Some places in Britain have yet to see snowfall and may go the whole winter snowless.
Meanwhile North America has real cold weather. Niagara Falls partially freezes as deadly polar vortex hits the Northeast after blasting the Midwest with record-breaking -30F temperatures and leaving at least 21 dead
In complete contrast, Australia swelters through its hottest month on record, with January mean temperature …