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…

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