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31st August - Today's News: Britain's Wettest Summer for 100 Years

Having not dropped below 11.1c in my garden all month - the highest Aug min I've recorded - it all changed last night with the temp falling to 5.9c this monring, my 3rd coldest August night and the coldest since 2003.   Elsewhere in the country, cold night breaks August records in places.   Should still end a warmer than normal month though.   Rain over the past couple of days means my August rainfall is almost spot on average.  However across the country this Summer the wettest summer in 100 years (the third wettest summer on record in Wales) - I've not checked my records yet by 2007 was much wetter here, and I think 2009 as well.  And some places saw more heavy rain yesterday and in Cumbria landslide derails train as forecasters warn more bad weather is on the way.   Tornadoes aren't unusual in Britain, even in summer (whatever the media may suggest) and this week an alleged freak mini tornado in New Forest tosses conservatory roof into the air whilst a 'tornado'…

29th August 2012 - Hurricane Issac Makes Landfall in Louisiana

28th August 2012 - Issac Expected to Become Hurricane and Hit New Orleans

25th August - Today's News: Hurricane Approaches Haiti; Typhoon Approaches Japan

Tropical Storm Issac nears Haiti, whilst south Florida issued with severe weather warning as tropical storm Issac set to batter coast
Powerful typhoon heads towards Okinawa after smaller storm soaks Taiwan
Apparently a 'month's rain due on Saturday' - though I'm not quite sure where?   Haiti?   There could be some heavy slow moving showers about though which may give 10-15mm in places.   August is normally one of the wettest months of the year in England, simply because heavy, slow moving, thundery showers often occur at this time of year.   I note that someone from the MetO is quoted as suggesting up 50mm (sitill less than a month's rain) but I don't know where he gets that from.  Latest NAE suggests the highest totals today will be around 20mm over the Lake District whilst GFS has lower totals there but around 18mm for parts of East Anglia (to be fair, the story is from yesterday, but nonetheless such high totals have never been indicted by any models that I&#…

24th August - Todays News: Landslides After Torrential Rain in Shetland

22nd August - Today's News: Wildfire Problems Continue Across Europe, Western America

21st August - Today's News: No Piers, You Didn't Get August Right.

It's the Aegean's turn to be hit now as wildfire sweeps across Greek island of Chios
Meanwhile, in the US, huge wildfire burns to edge of 3 small towns in Calif.; lightning sparks blazes across West and in Canada, more lightning storms stoke wildfires throughout B.C.
Season's heaviest rain halts Delhi
Torrential rains cause numerous woes in northwest Alaska
Shanghai 'most vulnerable to flood risk' of all the world's major cities
Arctic sea ice set to hit record low
'Soap bubble' clouds appear over Antarctica
BBC burnt over climate change claim UK will be as hot as Madeira - though of course, most newspapers have made similar misleading claims themselves, falsely implying them to be the firm convictions of science.  So don;t get too cocky Telegraph!
Could we use cloud brightening to control global warming? Geoengineers propose and experiment - I guess it's a lot safer than spraying sulphur aerosols into the stratosphere.

And extreme weather linked to gl…

20th August - Today's News: Britain's Hottest Day of Year

Saturday was the hottest day of the year so far in Britain - and will probably remain so now.     However, yesterday the BBC apologises for forecasting sunshine after downpours dampen barbeque weekend and it was only SE England that was hot anyway, with much of the north and west seeing more (predicted) rain over the weekend.

Typhoon Kai-Tak claims 27 lives as floods hit north Viet Nam

Northern California fire forces evacuation of some 2,000 homes


Massachusettes butterflies move north as climate warms

18th August - Today's News: Hurricane Heads for Azores

17th August 2012 - Today's News: Warmest Rain on Record

It's rather warm and wet here today.   But nothing compared with what looks to have been the hottest rain on record?  Rain falls at 115f at Needles, California
Tropical storm heads towards China
Thousands of Sydney homes with power as winds hit ..... again and it's raining snow as Canberra shovers through cold blast

And it being the height of summer, it must be time to start thinking about our coming winter.   Already a harsh winter predicted for North America whilst up in the Cairngorms, ski bosses snowberries 'a sign of a hard winter' for 2012.   Supposedly.   As previously mentioned, my current thoughts are that we could see a cold start to winter, but a mild end.  Not dissimilar to 2010/11. But that may of course change and I'm starting to lean towards a return of colder conditions in late Feb/March.   A mild January sandwich.
'Tornado' causes damage to Bolton farm - though in fact it was almost certainly caused by 'straight line' winds.  It's …

15th August - Today's News: Wildfires Rage Across Western USA

Residents join in desperate bid to be beat back fast-mving wildfire that has destroyed 70 homes in Washington whilst in California, another wildfire burns 3,000 acres in San Jacinto foothills
A rather wet and windy day for most of Britain and Ireland today, with the Irish being warned the worst storm in 26 years to batter the country throughout the day.   Not sure it'll be quite as bad as Hurricane Charlie, the remants of which infamously hit the British Isles over the late summer bank holiday weekend in August 1986 though.  At least the wind takes the edge off the heat and humidity though: only dropped to 17.2c here overnight.  Looks like turning even more hot and humid for the weekend though.  My least favourite weather.

Meanwhile, keepers 'hand-feeding' bees after Wales' wet summer
Philippines storm brings new floods, landslides with 2 deaths reported so far as TS Kai-tak batters the country.
An interesting report after Calgary hail storm: cloud seeding credited for s…

14th August - Today's News: Wildfires 'Ecological Disaster' on Canaries

Fire in Spain's Canary Islands an 'ecological disaster' whilst in the US  wildfires threaten homes in several western states

Storms leave incredible damage behind in Texas

Incredible footage shows massive dust storm hitting Phoenix, Arizona at the weekend

Cornwall's Tregothnan Estate tea harvest 'boosted' by rain - so our wet summer hasn't all been bad news

Climate change is driving British wildlife northwards, scientists claim - well if it drives all the midges north to Shetland, I'll be quite happy!

Far northern Queensland feels big chill a snear-record lows sweep region

Fresh water breathes fresh life into Hurricanes

Latest satellite data suggest Arct sea ice 'melting faster' - it's worth remembering when someone points outthe Earth as a whole doe not appear to warming as fast as some earlier computer prediction suggested, Arctic sea ice is melting much faster than predictions made around the same time .....

Neanderthal breeding idea doubted - p…

13th August - Today's News: More Rain Threatens Flood-hit Philippines

Well, it's over.   The greatest 2 weeks of sport in the history of, er, history ......   We had many many doubts, but in the end Britain showed we are still Great.   And our athletes did well too.   The weather also held up - looks like being much wetter and unsettled this week. 
This piece by Martin Samuel probably sums it up best: the real Team GB is all of us - let the Olympics be a game-changer  Time will tell.   Also, a nice summary from Japan:  London - the Olympics as they should be and from Australia praise indeed: it's been a rigfht bang-up job.  If they liked it, it must have been good.  

As for the closing ceremony - well, it had Eric Idle Utterly mad.  Utterly brilliant. 

And back on subject .... New storm threatens flood-hit Philippines
Rain forces evacuation in Canterbury
In South Africa, KZN battered by rain, snow and veld fires whilst rain, snow and gale-force winds batter Cape
Fresh fires burn on Spain's Canary Islands
West Yorkshire flood victims call fo…

11th August - Today's News: 13 Die As Lightning Strikes Bangladesh Mosque

13 die as lightning strikes Bangladesh mosque - whilst fatalities from lightning strikes on open ground are not at all uncommon on the sub-continent, so many killed indoors is, I think, very unusual.


Intense heatwave, brush fires hit southern California

In New York, tornado hits Long Island, knocking down trees

Seven dead following Mexico storms caused by TS Ernesto

In China: reservoir collapse leaves 10 dead, after heavy rains from Typhoon Haikui

In Sydney, wildest winds in six years batter coast, leaving city under the weather


A closer look at ice impacts of a rare Arctic summer storm

Unusual weather events identified during the Black Saturday bushfires that devastated Victoria in 2009

High temperatures scorch Balkan economies


Bad weather set to increase bread price - too wet in Britain, too dry in the US ....


Meteor smoke makes strange clouds - sadly though, not nocties seen in Evesham this year.


Vast volcanic 'raft' found in Pacific near New Zealand, formed of pumice from an hithe…

10th August 2012 - July Warmest Month Ever in US

8th August - Today's News: Typhoon Hits Shanghai; Hurricane Hits Yucatan

7th August - Today's News: Manila Paralysed by Severe Floods

6th August 2012 - British Thunderstorms Cause Flash Floods

Back from Moffat where I finally managed to climb a hill!  Hart Fell was my first new Corbett (hill over 2,500ft) for 5 years and also the first hill I've carried a full pack over since I can't remember when.  Weather was dry - until the Saturday afternoon when we had some thunderstorms.   But I was indoors then, so all good!

Problems in many parts of the country from heavy storms over the weekend though:
Pembrokeshire flood: 'Ocean of water' in Narberth with five rescued from 4x4 as flash flooding hst Carmarthenshire
Clear-up in southern Scotland as flood alerts continue
Tornado hits the north and torrential downpours bring flooding to the West Country
Tyneside floods return to cause chaos
And elsewhere:
India monsoon floods kill 34 in Uttarakhand
North Korean floods: death toll raised, WFP sends food aid Six dead as Typhoon Saola pounds Taiwan
NW China floods in typhoon's wake whilst today, China braces for third typhoon in a week
Tropical storm Ernesto brings heavy rain…

1st August - Today's News: The Mississippi is Warmer Than Britain

Off to the Borders tomorrow for a walk over the Moffat hills and an MBA meeting on Saturday - so no updates until probably next Tuesday.
Simmering summer puts Midwest in hot water - with the Mississippi river hitting 91f (32.8c);  that's more than the highest shade temperature recorded in Britain all summer ....
In NZ, fresh snow a boost for southern ski season
Austria opens manslaughter probe after killer storm
German storms 'getting stronger' due to warmer ground
Taiwan, China on alert as typhoons approach

In Siberia, marooned firefighters pray for rain
Arctic sea ice tracks near record low in July
And in SA, controversial weather bill canned - this was the one that would have led to punative fines for anyone other than the official met agency if they issue sensational weather warnings in the media ......  (as seen here in the Daily Express most weeks).