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17th August - Today's News: British Colombia's Worst Ever Wildfire Season

In western Canada, B.C. surpasses worst wildfire season on record — and threat is far from over
Hurricane Gert swells to Category 2, strongest storm so far this season
Polish PM, ministers discuss cleanup after storm damage at the weekend.  Six people died and the clean up in Poland's forests is expected to take until 2019
The first snow of the season just fell in Sweden (but nothing that unusual - we often see snow in the Cairngorms, much further south, by the end of August ... And it seems the last time snow fell this early was, er, last year)
Two Bangladeshis die taking flood selfies as crisis worsens
Explaining the deadly Sierra Leone mudslide - as usual, it wasn't just rain, deforestation is to blame as well ...
Climate change not the full story when it comes to above average winter temperatures in Australia this year
One in the face for those who claim the Sun controls our climate (so ironic I found it via an AGW denial site!): Abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age triggered by…

16th August - Today's News: July 2017 Joint Warmest on Record

15th August - Today's News: 300 Feared Dead in Sierra Leone Mudslide

11th August - Today's News: Heatwave Triggers More Severe Thunderstorms Across Europe

The heatwave that has scorched Europe now causes rainstorms and howling gales at tourist destinations after 'Lucifer' heatwave shuts down summer skiing on Italian glacier for first time in 90 years
Meanwhile, Iraq sends workers home as 'ungodly' heat grips Middle East with temperatures there hitting 51c.   I much prefer the 22-23c we keep getting in England! 
Yemen's capital Sanaa experiences flash flooding
A nice example of a rare skypunch forms over Southern Finland
Emergency declared in New Orleans as new flood threat looms
Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help - he won't help because he is an ignorant moron sticking to his religious dogmatic claptrap, and refuses to accept that climate change is happening at all, let alone directly, adversely, affecting American people.  This is what happens when the appoint someone as president who only listens to those who agree with him and ignores/sacks/sues anyone who dares disagr…

10th August - Today's News: Flash Floods and Funnel Clouds in England

8th August - Today's News: TS Franklin Hits Yucatan

7th August - Today's News: European Heatwave Triggers Deadly Storms as Wildfires Rage

Heatwave 'Lucifer' continues to claim victims with highs over 40C as wildfires rage across south Europe including three dead as storms strike across northern Italy
Evesham experienced it's first thunder of 2017 on Saturday - in fact, we had a "storm" pass overhead ..... but it produced only a few spots of rain, despite the radar suggesting a deluge.  A strange case of thunder non-rain.
Tulsa storms leave dozens injured as floods submerge parts of Kansas City and New Orleans
In Australia, NSW and Victoria rocked by rare thundersnow storms
Weakening Typhoon Noru hits Osaka, heads for eastern Japan
A strange storm as wide as Earth appears on Neptune
And how ludicrous can the Euroloonies get?  Burning policy puts pressure on recycling targets - converting refuse into electricity IS recycling .....  Especially when most of it is stuff that can't be recycled!

5th August - Today's News: Heavy Snow Falls on Australian Hills

Good news for Aussie skiers as strong snow falls on Victoria's alps, as authorities prepare for blizzards but a warning that climate change puts Australia's ski industry on a downhill slope
July cold weather in Uganda blamed on SA winter
Death toll rises in northern Vietnam flash floods
It's the worst wildfire season in B.C. since 1958
Extreme weather 'could kill up to 152,000 a year' in Europe by 2100 (but that doesn't mean that it will - or that it might not be many more) 
Satellites recorded fifth lowest sea ice extent for July last month: NSIDC despite predominant weather conditions that were not conducive for sea ice loss.  Given that more unsual weather patterns helped the near record loss last year, it's possible that this summer may give a more realistic picture of the current "state of play".
Another small earthquake felt across Highlands - the biggest in the areas since 1986.   I hope Essan is okay ....
I've been saying this for years …

4th August - Today's News: Deadly Heatwave Sparks Warnings Across Europe

2nd August - Today's News: Record Heatwave Bakes Pacific Northwest

1st August - Today's News: Tropical Storm Emily Hits Florida

31st July - Today's News: Taiwan Hit by Two Tropical Storms

Taiwan is hit by second typhoon in just two days after tropical storm battered the island, injuring 111
India floods: 213 killed in Gujarat as receding waters reveal more victims
Suspected tornado hits Perth's north as storm sweeps through whilst in the east, Sunday was Sydney's hottest July day on record
Better than sex? Why we are so obsessed with the weather (if you're an Australia .... ) 
Apparently, Britain is set to be battered by more heavy rain and even thunderstorms this week - rain?  Probably.  Heavy?  Unlikely.  Thunderstorms?  No chance!   Evesham continues to buck the national trend and thanks to catching the edge of a shower yesterday evening we are only now just a fraction above the long term average rainfall for the month, none of it having been heavy.   And the last time thunder was heard here was September 2016 ....
But whilst our British summer has turned cool and damp (and far more pleasant, as well as normal, in my opinion) globally summers really a…

29th July - Today's News: Record Miami Heat

28th July - Today's News: Violent Thunderstorm Strikes Istanbul

27th July - Today's News: Storms Bring Flooding to Germany

One woman missing and disaster alert sounded amid storms across Germany
There's a heat wave in Iceland this week with the highest temperatures since at least 2012
How the freak weather which caused 'extremely localised' flooding in Gloucester happened - this was on Tuesday afternoon, when Evesham remained totally dry (even when the radar showed a shower overhead!) ..... 
Another 'mini-tornado' causes trail of destruction in Wigan - looking at the damge, a tornado looks quite possible.   However this freak mini-tornado caught on camera spinning away in Oswestry plant hire yard is clearly a dust devil
The Daily Mail go into full blown hyperbole again with incredible photos of huge storm clouds that have plunged Venice in to darkness look like a scene from Independence Day
And the terrifying moment tourists gasp as their bus inches past a raging wildfire as it engulfs a roadside house on the French island of Corsica as fires rage across French Riviera as it looks like

26th July - Today's News: French Wildfires Force Evacuations

France wildfires force mass evacuation

And in Russia, officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Off the coast of Alabama an underwater cypress forest from ice age reveals its secrets

'Hindcasting' study investigates the extreme 2013 Colorado flood and finds that human-induced climate change made the storm more severe than it would otherwise have been.

And are humans to blame for worsening heat waves in China?


Could spraying particles into marine clouds help cool the planet?


Could 'cocktail geoengineering' save the climate?  Or could it just make it worse .....  their models suggest whilst preventing warming they still cause major precipitation pattern change, which as I keep suggesting, is a more serious issue.  

Venus's turbulent atmosphere

25th July - Today's News: Italian Drought and French Wildfires

Rome hit by water rationing as Italy struggles with drought whilst Pope Francis shuts off Vatican fountains amid Italy drought
France tackles fierce forest fires on Riviera and in Corsica
Storm-ravaged Vietnamese province closes beaches with Sonca bearing down
A special report on Asia under water: How 137 million people's lives are being put at risk - whilst the rain may be natural, its effects are aggravated by human activity and land-use changes.  And the fact there are simply so many people .....
Rescuer clung to boy plucked from Arizona flash flood as another group is caught out on Sunday
A bizarre - but seemingly true - story from NZ where three rabbits in Otago ride out of flood on woolly sheep.  Meanwhile there are more flood fears as new front to bring downpours, snow down to 300m 
Sea level fears as Greenland darkens
Small earthquake felt in west Highlands
New evidence that the Moon has a water-rich interior
And flying to bothies?   If so, be careful you don't get stuck in…

24th July - Today's News: Funnel Clouds & Waterspouts Spotted in England & Wales

Another thunder-free weekend in Evesham, but some rumbles elsewhere and alsoa few funnel clouds and waterspouts.  In East Anglis, funnel clouds reported across the region in turbulent weather  whilst this incredible twister stunned people at Welsh country park and another twister is caught on video over the River Tees.  Down on the south coast a waterspout may also have come ashore as a tornado
Nothing as dramatic as the moment an ocean waterspout blows through a shopping centre and a hotel car park in Western Australia though
Coverack flood: How it happened, the people who were rescued and the huge recovery effort
And after the New Zealand storms: Clean-up underway as Christchurch and Dunedin residents survey damage
Looking ahead, there's a high risk of 'unprecedented' winter downpours - Met Office.  Though that doesn't mean we'll necessarily see anything this winter
And new Channel 4 Weather graphics launch today - but unfortunately I rarely watch TV forecasts …

22nd July - Today's News: New Zealand Floods: Troops Mobilised

21st July - Today's News: Remembering the 2007 Floods

19th July - Today's News: Lightning Storms and Flash Floods Hit Southern England

Yesterday and overnight lightning strikes and flash floods sweep through Britain as the UK is hit by freak electrical storms (the Daily Mail still thinks Britain means SE England .... but it does have the best pictures) - but there was as much rain, thunder and lightning in Evesham as there were volcanic eruptions ......   Still not heard a single rumble of thunder this year!   And radar returns suggests parts of the Lizard may have had as much rain in an hour as we have had here all year as Coverack wakes up to 'devastation'
Meanwhile, the rain in Spain falls mainly… in the form of huge lumps of ice! With golf ball sized hail.
Heavy rain causes flash flooding in Istanbul
Adriatic fires prompt evacuations in Montenegro and Croatia
There's also been flash flooding across Trinidad
Swiss glacier reveals couple lost in 1942
Human-made aerosols identified as driver in shifting global rainfall patterns - and of course, injecting even more aerosols into the atmosphere has been sugge…

17th July - Today's News: At Least 9 Dead in Arizona Flash Flood

15th July - Today's News: Torrential Rain in NE China & Eastern Siberia

14th July - Today's News: Record Highs in Spanish Heatwave

12th July - Today's News: Giant Iceberg Breaks from Larsen C Ice Shelf

Expected for some time, and now confirmed: Giant iceberg splits from Antarctic
A whopping 8.8mm of rain yesterday and overnight breings me up to 48% of average for the month so far.  Although some models do suggest a risk of thnderstorms (!!!!) next week, there is little sign of any further frontal rain and this could well end up another dry month.   So far, only May has seen above average rainfall here in 2017.  A very mild month also looks to be on the cards with temperature at average or above for the foreseeable future (after yesterday's maxima dropped below average for the first time in weeks).
Wellington wintry weather to worsen, as flights are disrupted and lots of photos as New Zealand shivers through a classic winter storm
Not many English language reports on this: Rare tornado spotted near Vienna International Airport
An auspicious sign?  Lightning strikes father of the bride during his speech
Warm winter events in Arctic becoming more frequent, lasting longer
But a warme…

11th July - Today's News: Temperatures Hit 50c in North China Heatwave

10th July - Today's News: Thousands of Cattle Dead in California Heatwave

California heat wave kills thousands of cattle and overwhelms dairy industry whilst California wildfires threaten hundreds of homes, force evacuations
Violent storms end Swiss heatwave - here, the latest heatwave looks like end on just a very damp note with a front bringing persistent rain, some of it heavy, tomorrow.  It may even be the wettest day of the year, though welcome relief for some.  We have had less than 8mm of rain in the past 30 days ....  But still no storms ....
Japanese rescuers race against time as flood death toll hits 18
And New Zealanders warned that the 'most significant snow storm in recent years' expected for South Island this week

8th July - Today's News: Record Heatwave in Eastern North America

7th July - Today's News: Death Toll Rises as Japan Rains Continue

6th July - Today's News: 11 Missing in Japan Floods

Japan floods: 11 missing, 500,000 to evacuate after days of torrential rain in Fukuoka and Oita
Storm drones could improve tornado early warning
Australia's alps transformed by the first decent snowfall of winter
Researchers at Harvard University have been reconciling predictions of climate change and find that a doubling of CO2 could result in a higher increase in temps than thought.  Although I am curious as to whether they took into account the very long term cooling pattern the Earth is currently (or was) in (the Neoglacial).  Also, any periodic oceanic-atmospheric warming trend is matched by a subsequent cooling trend, which may complicate predictions further.
West Antarctic Ice Sheet loss over the last 11,000 years seen in new study
And could we soon predict the weather 10 years into the future?   No, we won't be able to predict whether it will rain at 3pm on the 16th July 2027 in Lower Slaughter.   But we may be able to predict whether we are likely to see a heatwave or a …

5th July - Today's News: Snow Chasers of Western Australia

4th July - Today's News: First Tibetan 'Tornado' Since 1961

3rd July - Today's News: Records Broken in Eastern Mediterranean Heatwave

1st July - Today's News: Edinburgh's Wettest Ever June

30th June - Today's News: A Record Warm, Dry Start to Australia's Winter

28th June - Today's News: Drought Breaks in Evesham

A month's worth of rain falls in just 12 hours in East Anglia whilst here in Evesham the 17 day drought finally broke .... with 4.7mm of rain this morning.  That's the longest period with no recordable rain fall since I set up my current weather station on 1st July 2011.  Some places, where it's been raining for 24 hours now, may see storm totals close to 100mm.   Meanwhile, there is no sign of another heatwave on the way just yet.  Despite the usual made up nonsense in the media!
Extreme Southwest heat wave may be to blame for 12 Phoenix-area deaths, authorities say
Last weekend, extreme weather conditions hammer northern Italy
And the map that fills a 500-million-year gap in Earth's history