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23rd June - Today's News: TS Cindy: Tornadoes, Floods and Fire Ant Warning

22nd June - Today's News: Record Heat in UK & US

Yesterday saw the date record set for the UK and it was also the hottest June day since summer of 1976 in heatwave.  In my garden it was also the highest I have recorded in June at 32.4c.  In addition, dew points were extremely high getting above 20c to make a very sweaty and uncomfortable evening.   But the heatwave (4 consecutive days above 30c in my garden) ended here with not a rumble of thunder nor drop of rain ..... 
And it's not just the British Isles that have been unusually hot as California sees some of highest temperatures ever recorded amid heat wave whilst in the Arizona heatwave: Strange consequences of extreme heat with the life-threatening heat wave to retain its grip on southwestern US into the weekend
Meanwhile, France's heatwave reaches peak as pollution spike hits Paris
Already deadly Tropical Storm Cindy could cause “life-threatening” flash flooding, forecasters warn  as it continues to bring heavy rain to the US Gulf Coast 
3 tornadoes hit Quebec on Sunday…

21st June - Today's News: TS Cindy Threatens US Gulf Coast

20th June - Today's News: US and UK Heatwaves

19th June - Today's News: Over 60 Dead in Portugese Forest Fires

More tragic news this weekend.  In scene sadly so reminiscent of Australia's Black Saturdayfour children among 61 killed by deadly Portuguese forest fires with many people 'trapped and burned to death in their cars' as they tried to flee.  Thought to have been started by lightning as temperatures in places exceeded 40c.

Here it was quite warm enough with 32.2c outside Southampton and 31.6c in my garden yesterday with health warning issued as rising temperatures could see Britain bask in hottest June day since 1976. Temperature should become more pleasant by the weekend.  But there's a good chance we could see the UK date reocrd fall today.
And an even hotter heat wave creates health hazard in southwestern US
Four missing after tsunami strikes Greenland coast - believed to have been caused by an earthquake.  What caused the earthquake though is not known.  Ice loss?  Maybe ... 
Bangkok struggles to protect slum dwellers as floods worsen
According to NASA figures, May …

16th June - Today's News: Dog Recovering After Being Thrown 1,000ft by Tornado

14th June - Today's News: Rescuers Race to Reach Bangladesh Landslide Victims as Toll Rises

Bangladesh rescuers race to reach landslides victims with the death toll now at 145 and expected to rise further.
Record snowmelt causes drowning fears as rivers rage across America's West
Freak hail storm hits Napa Valley vineyards
Sahara greening may intensify tropical cyclone activity worldwide
Volcanic 'plumerang' could impact human health
And a large Canadian Arctic climate change study cancelled due to climate change - ice has become more mobile making travel more hazardous (certain websites have, of course deliberately misunderstood/misinterpreted this as further evidence there is no global warming and we are, in fact, plummeting into a catastrophic ice age ..... )

13th June - Today's News: Summer Snow Falls in Sierra Nevada

12th June - Today's News: Severe Atlantic Storm Hits Yacht Race

10th June - Today's News: Renewables Provide Over Half UK Energy

In South Africa: 10,000 Knysna residents evacuated amid fire as Knysna declared a disaster area  and Cape Town clears up after major storm
Video of boy running through 'mini tornado' in Cologne goes viral (it's just another sust devil - and yes, I'd run through one!
Rain, floods frustrate tourists and locals in south Florida
Arizona blazes grow as wildfire season peaks 
There were two alternative explanations for the mysterious bend in the Hawaiian-Emperor chain - but new sresearch suggests, in accordance with Mayhew's Law, that both probably played a role And as we wean ourselves off Victorian technology and terrorist oil, renewables provide more than half UK electricity for first time

8th June - Today's News: Eight Dead in Cape Town Storm

6th June - Today's News: Autumnal Weather and Tornadoes Hit Britain

Autumn seems to have arrived early .....  A cool, windy day here with over 10mm rain last night and this morning.   In Wales, hundreds without power after strong winds and rain whilst in London there was travel chaos for rail and Tube commuters as wind and rain batters capital
Meanwhile, Britian is hit by a rash of non existent weather as a 'mini tornado' sweeps through industrial estate in Rockfield Road, Blackburn whilst at the weekend it's claimed another 'mini tornado' wrecks Cornhill Highland Games  in NE Scotland.  Whether or not they were tornadoes is a moot point: as the BBC in partiocualr have been told many times, there's a mini cooper and a mini clubman but there's never been a mini tornado.
South Africa's Cape prepares for major storm
A new study suggests that the earliest human-made climate change took place 11,500 years ago as the development of farming and associated deforestation in the Middle East increased local erosion
Study est…

5th June - Today's News: Spring Warmest on Record for NI and Wales

It was my warmest May on record (from 2003) although, of course, my garden does sometimes experience higher temperatures than would be recorded by a properly situated thermometer.   Across the country May was also warm as Wales and Northern Ireland have warmest spring on record and for England it's the second warmest.
Pakistan’s hottest day recorded in Turbat last Sunday with the mercury hitting 53.5c whilst as north India reels under intense heat, Delhi records 44.6 degree Celsius
And in Viet Nam, Hanoi sweats through hottest day in decades
Meanwhile, northern Sweden just had snow – in June!
Canada tornado: Alberta lawn-mowing man defies twister
And the Earth resists NASA's attempts to make red and green clouds

3rd June - Today's News: Major Flooding Hits Taipei After 150mm Rain

2nd June - Today's News: Heavy Rain as TS Beatriz Hits Mexico

31st May - Today's News: 16 Killed by Moscow Storm

27th May - Today's News: Scores Dead as Monsoon Triggers Sri Lanka Mudslides

Sri Lanka floods: Scores die as monsoon triggers mudslides
Lots of thunder and lightning in the SW, parts of Wales and the South and SE this morning as thunderstorms strike South Coast - and here are some of the best pictures of Plymouth's unforgettable lightning storm.  Nothing heard or seen in Evesham, of course, with just 0.5mm of rain ....   Thunder drought for 2017 continues.  Lossiemouth was the hottest place in Britain yesterday, and the hottest place this year with 29.4c.  There's still a small chance we could see higher temps today but after that it should turn a bit more pleasant ....
Toronto braces for more rain with Lake Ontario at record-breaking levels
NZ drivers rescued after flooding in Bay of Plenty
In Greenland, the melting glacier that released a 6.7 gigaton 'megawave' of water so strong it warped the Earth's crust
And solar power breaks UK records thanks to sunny weather - I like solar power because a) it's not so intrusive as wind turbines a…

26th May - Today's News: Heatwave Hits Britain & Ireland

23rd May - Today's News: NOAA Confirm 2nd Warmest April & Year to Date

20th May - Today's News: Melting Permafrost Floods "Doomsday" Vault

19th May - Today's News: Record Rainfall Hits Queensland Coast

17th May - Tioday's News: Welcome Rain for SE England

16th May - Today's News: Record May Snow on Mount Washington

15th May - Today's News: Nottinghamshire Tornado & Shopshire Dust Devil

13th May - Today's News: Lack of Rain Causes Concerns in SE England

A useful 7.2mm of rain here yesterday - that's more than for the whole of April.  And we missed some of the heavier stuff.   However, overall it's still another dry month with households in South East England told to use water wisely
May brings snow to Russian streets and Instagrams
Surprisingly, a lack of dust makes China's air pollution much worse
Why different places warm at different paces

And ancient Mars impacts created tornado-like winds that scoured surface

11th May - Today's News: Colorado Hail Storm

10th May - Today's News: Evacuations as Georgia Wildfire Worsens

9th May - Today's News: Four Feared Dead in Canadian Floods

8th May - Today's News: State of Emergency Declared As Floods Hit Montreal

6th May - Today's News: Canada Braces for Floods

4th May - Today's News: Huge Dust Storm Blankets Part of China

3rd May - Today's News: Survival Stories from Deadly US Tornadoes

2nd May - Today's News: 18 Dead in US Tornadoes, Floods

Death toll rises to 18 in Midwest, South storms and flooding whilst an unsually active spring blizzard hits Kansas and Oklahoma
And in the central US, warnings today that more rivers to swell to major or record flood stage this week
Here, April was my driest month on record (from 2007) - and we had almost as much rain again on 1st May alone, indeed, some places I think had quite a bit more rain yesterday than in the whole of April.
The great stink: parts of New Zealand still 'putrid' after raft of floods 
Down in Argentina, parts of Welsh Patagonia have been left devastated by the worst rain in four decades
Ice cave in Transylvania reveals how Europe's weather has changed during the last 10,000 years - but no vampires
And how Antarctica's troublesome 'hairdryer winds' increase ice melt

28th April - Today's News: Waterspout Filmed off Devon Coast

26th April - Today's News: One Dead in N Carolina Floods

25th April - Today's News: Nesting Osprey Buried by Scottish Snow

24th April - Today's News: New Atmospheric Phenomenon Discovered: "Steve"

21st April - Today's News: Tropical Storm Arlene Forms in Atlantic

The first named system in April since Ana in 2003, Tropical Storm Arlene intensifies slightly in the open Atlantic; no threat to land
East Coast told to brace for giant 4m waves as another large storm takes aim for New Zealand
Snow, strong wind complicate traffic on Czech, Slovak roads
Sticking to their religion, regardless of what they see before them, in Louisiana: As the seas around them rise, fishermen deny climate change
And some reasons to fear the next UK heatwave - one of which is that we have spend thousands insulating our homes to make them warmer ....

20th April - Today's News: March 2017 2nd Warmest on Record, Despite no El Nino

Despite no El Nino, March and year to date were 2nd warmest on record for world.  Still believe global warming is a hoax Mr President? 
The hurricane season’s first depression just formed in the Atlantic Ocean
In Canada's Martime provinces, they ask where is spring? Winter-like weather continues with snow, record-breaking cold
Meanwhile in Europe, unseasonal snowfall brings Bosnian capital to halt
But in South Africa, an autumn heatwave hits drought-stricken Western, Northern Cape
The MetO always seem to be a day behind ..... but as pointed out yesterday, early April remains dry but some rain is on the horizon (though it won't be much, and there's the potential for some damaging frosts, and even snow in places, if latest model output is anything to go by)  
Arctic river ice deposits rapidly disappearing - melting up to a month earlier than they once did.
Water is streaming across Antarctica - the continent is not quite so frozen after all
More signs of man's true foo…

19th April - Today's News: Water Shortage Warning After Dry Winter

Water companies warn parts of UK could see drought this summer after the driest winter in more than 20 years - and more worrying, many places have only seen 1mm or 2 of rain in April, with nothing much on the horizon either.   At this time of year more rain is needed because of plant growth, which extracts more water from the ground.   Given recent trends, we could have both water shortages and floods this summer - with rain falling in more intense downpours, and long dry spells inbetween.
But before then, we could see snow next week (and not just over hills).  And not just here.  Much of Europe continmues to experience a colder than usual second half of April.  Denmark has coldest April night this century.  There's already spring snow in Serbia.  And after spring weather, Slovakia faces record cold and snow
Iceberg tourists flock to Newfoundland town
NASA images show new crack in Greenland's Petermann Glacier
And the Southern Alps will likely save NZ from 'river piracy'…