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17th October - Today's News: Ex-Ophelia Hits Ireland After Fanning Deadly Iberian Wildfires

In Eire, Ophelia's trail of destruction: Up to 360,000 people could lose water supply today as 245,000 remain without power with three people killed. Wales saw roads and homes hit by storm, in Northern Ireland schools closed as clean-up begins whilst in Scotland there's also a clear-up under way after Ophelia wind
Meanwhile, survivors of Portugal and Spain's wildfires that have claimed dozens of lives describe how cities were turned into 'balls of fire' as death toll rises - at least 36 people have died (some reports suggest 39) in the fires fanned by Ophelia's winds.  Sadly, many of the fires appear to have been started deliberately .....  The fires have had impacts in the UK too with a red sun phenomenon 'caused by Hurricane Ophelia' whilst 'smoke smell' forces flights to land at UK airports. Manston in Kent also recorded 23.5c - a UK date record.
It was just a bit breezy in Evesham, and the dust/smoke plume gave a very eerie yellow glow thro…

16th October - Today's News: Warnings as Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Approaches British Isles

13th October - Today's News: At Least 54 Dead in Vietnam Floods, Landslides

12th October - Today's News: Fresh Winds Fan Deadly Californian Wildfires

11th October - Today's News: Many Missing as California Wildfire Toll Grows

10th October - Today's News: Deadly Storms Hit South Africa

9th October - Today's News: Hurricane Nates Makes Landfall in Louisiana

6th October - Today's News: 9 Dead in North European Storm

5th October - Today's News: Why September was so Hot in Australia

3rd October - Today's News: Record Deluge Hits Bundaberg, Qld

Bundaberg deluge: Residents clean up after rain soaks town and southern Queensland
A heavy early-season snowstorm sweeps into Rockies
Sudden storm wreaks havoc in Hyderabad, at least 7 killed
Autumn brings a record drop in weather temperatures in Azerbaijan
Down in Antarctica: Return of the Weddell polynya supports Kiel climate model
Grass-fed cows won’t save the climate, report finds - but I will continue eating and enjoying meat regardless.  If everyone else stops driving cars and flying and leaving the lights on, then, maybe, you can start having a go at me!
Did life on Earth start due to meteorites splashing into warm little ponds? as long as 4.5 billion years ago ....   If so, life (of some kind) on other "water worlds" ought be quite common.   And that goes for Mars too as meteorite tells us that Mars had a dense atmosphere 4 billion years ago
Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million years ago, new evidence shows
It's the 50th anniversary of plate tect…

2nd October - Todays News: Britain's Last Ice Melts

UK's longest-lasting patch of snow melts away
Meanwhile, Atlantic depressions bring above-average rain for some including me - it's been the wettest month of the year here, my second wettest September (since 2007) and the first time September has been wetter than all the preceding months.  A large solar storm sparks global aurora and doubles radiation levels on the martian surface
And DIY space exploration: Family launches GoPro into stratosphere, captures amazing footage

29th September - Today's News: Vanuatu Island Evacuated as Volcano Erupts

27th September - Today's News: Record Temperatures in Australia. Again.

26th September - Today's News: Yet More High Temperatures Records Expected in Australia

25th September - Today's News: Tens of Thousands Evacuated Amid Fears Bali Volcanic Eruption Imminent

23rd September - Today's News: Fears Puerto Rican Dam May Collapse after Maria

22nd September - Today's News: Maria Leaves 15 Dead in Dominica

21st September - Today's News: Total Black-out in Puerto Rica after Huricane Maria

20th September - Today's News: Over 200 Dead in Mexico City Earthquake

Mexico earthquake leaves more than 200 dead, searches continue into evening  as videos and photos reveal chaos of deadly quake
Yet more devastation in the Caribbean as Hurricane Maria hits Virgin Islands and bears down on Puerto Rico
And, now downgraded to a tropical storm, Hurricane Jose brings rough surf, flooding to New Jersey shore
Heavy rains batter Mumbai yet again; air, rail traffic hit
Australia's southern winters are drying out. Here's why

More evidence of water on Mars
And a study shows that Paris climate aim 'still achievable' - albeit only if we act yesterday and do everything possible to curb CO2 emissions and continue to do so.  Unfortunately, because it predicts that if "emissions peak and decline to below current levels by 2030 and continue thereafter on a much steeper decline, which would be historically unprecedented" it may result in a "peak warming of 1.2-2.0c".   Thus, "limiting warming to 1.5c is not geophysically impossible&…

19th September - Today's News: Cat 5 Hurricane Maria "Devastates" Dominica

18th September - Today's News: Eight Killed in Romanian Storm

16th September - Today's News: Rain Causes Devon Pond to Flood ....

There's widespread destruction in central Vietnam after major typhoon - Doksuri was the biggest storm to hit the country in 10 years - whilst weakening Typhoon Talim brings heavy rain to southwestern Japan
The end is nigh for Britain’s last snow - what is perhaps of more interest is that we have gone from experiencing record high numbers of surviving snow patches to the probability of none at all, in just a couple of years.    Suggesting wild annual variability.
And Britain too experiences the consequence of severe weather as a pond in South Devon park floods as rain continues to fall .....

15th September - Today's News: Typhoon Doksuri Hits Vietnam

14th September - Today's News: Autumn Storm Kills 3 in Germany

13th September - Today's News: Typhoons Threaten Taiwan and China

Taiwan battens down for Typhoon Talim, ships warned, flights cancelled whilst Hong Kong plagued by haze and smog as new typhoon threat looms
Dozens of blazes under watch as Sydney temperatures sail past 33C
Hurricane Irma: Quarter of Florida Keys homes 'destroyed' whilst across the Caribbean the impacts of Hurricane Irma: Damage mapped
Here in the UK we just experienced Storm Aileen: Winds bring travel disruption - rather early for a "winter" storm* and, of course, most of the country just had a breezy night.  But there was still horror as recycling bin is blown over by Storm Aileen in Birmingham .....  And I had a small plant pot blown over outside my shop!
* surprised the Daily Express hasn't exclaimed it was the earliest named storm on record .....
Video shows methane leaking from beneath an Arctic river after spectacular eruption
How openings in Antarctic sea ice affect worldwide climate
A possible explanation for Dansgaard-Oeschger events as ancient tree reveals…

12th September - Today's News: Irma Winds Down

11th September - Today's News: Florida Under Water as Irma Strikes

9th September - Today's News: Millions Evacuate Florida Ahead of Hurricane Irma

As Cuba hit with strong winds and heavy rain, Americans begin the largest evacuation in US history as 5.6 million people are ordered to leave Florida as Irma strengthens to Category Five again.  
And the entire island of Barbuda is evacuated as Hurricane Jose bears down in the devastated island.
Meanwhile UK response found wanting, MPs say - as I said yesterday, the effects were anticipated a week ago.  It's too late to prepare aid after the event ....
And people complain because our summer was a bit damp and cloudy at times ...... 
No should we forget the South Asia floods: Estimated 40 million across India, Bangladesh, Nepal affected
Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises as rescue effort begins
New Zealand hit by 2200 lightning strikes in 24 hours whilst an avalanche traps family of 17 in lodge overnight
Meanwhile, Evesham had it's biggest thunderstorm of the year yesterday with half an hour of torrential rain and frequent thunder
And Scotland's sky lit up by aurora after &…

8th September - Today's News: Irma Pummels More Islands as Massive Earthquake Hits Mexico

Hurricane Irma pummels Turks and Caicos islands as the death toll from Hurricane Irma rises as Floridians on coast are urged to leave and in the British Virgin Islands, UK territory declares state of emergency.  This is also criticism of the UK's aid response.  Justifiably in my opinion - the likely impact of Irma was known a week ago and aid plans should have been put in place then.  HMS Ocean should already be on it's way ....
Trio of hurricanes in Atlantic Ocean baffles weather scientists - it's unprecended to have three storms likely to make landfall around the same time
And if that wasn't enough, on the Pacific coast there's been a Mexico earthquake: Tsunami confirmed as capital hit by magnitude-8.1 quake, killing five
In California, the death toll from Bay Area heat wave hits 6
British Columbia's 'unprecedented' wildfire season may continue well into fall whilst this U.S. wildfire season is among the worst: Here's why
Fresh spring dump of snow c…

7th September - Today's News: Cat 5 Hurricane Irma Devastates Caribbean Islands

6th September - Today's News: Irma: Mass Evacuations in Caribbean and Florida

5th September - Today's News: Cat 4 Hurricane Irma Approaches Caribbean

4th September - Today's News: 15 Injured by Lightning at French Music Festival

2nd September - Today's News: San Francisco's Hottest Ever Day

1st September - Today's News: Australian Winter Hottest on Record

31st August - Heavy Rain, Floods Spread as ex-Harvey Tracks North

30th August - Today's News: Harvey Makes Second Landfall as Rains Overwhelm Houston Dams

29th August - Today's News: Harvey Brings Record Rain, Major Flooding to Houston

26th August - Today's News: Cat 4 Harvey Hits Texas

25th |August - Today's News: Hurricane Harvey Nears Texas Coast

24th August - Today's News: 12 Dead as Typhoon Hato Hits Southern China

Typhoon Hato: Twelve killed as storm sweeps south China
Heavy rain in Northern England sparks flash flood chaos (it was, of course, perfectly dry in Evesham!).  Meanwhile, after the Northern Ireland floods: Clean up and questions
In Switzerland, village evacuated and climber dead in two separate Graubünden rockfalls
Huge boom as lightning strikes five metres away from man, blowing a smouldering hole in his garden and sending turf and debris flying in the air in Norway
Cleanup underway after devastating storm hits Montreal
Harvey likely to be 1st hurricane to strike Texas since 2008
Bad news for the planet as money talks and Brazil opens vast Amazon reserve to mining - and here's a thought: why don't governments use all the money they raise through "green" taxes aimed at curbing CO2 emissions to buy areas of tropical forest to protect them  from deforestation - and to encourgae reaforestation?  Something which would actually help combat climate change .....  Instead of sp…

23rd August - Today's News: Flash Flooding in Ireland and Hebrides