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  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk
  • Weather Preferences: An Alpine climate - snowy winters and sunny summers!
  • Location: Hadleigh, Suffolk

    Interesting headlining story on Channel 4 News tonight showing the record breaking cold in USA. On Channel 4's website the coverage of the story includes a video.

    http://www.channel4.com/news/us-snow-storm-polar-vortex-weather-deep-freeze-video

     

    The United States is being gripped by record-breaking cold and snow as forecasters warn of life-threatening conditions and wind chill as low as 60 degrees below zero.

    Icy conditions caused havoc across the midwest and thousands of flights were cancelled or delayed, days after the northeast was hammered by the first winter storm of the season.

    Frostbite

    "The coldest temperatures in almost two decades will spread into the northern and central US today behind an Arctic cold front," the National Weather Service said on Sunday. "Combined with gusty winds, these temperatures will result in life-threatening wind chill values as low as 60 degrees below zero."

    In weather that cold, frostbite can set in on uncovered skin in a matter of minutes, experts warned.

    Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton ordered all public schools in the state to be closed on Monday to protect children from dangerously cold weather.

    Chicago public schools followed suit - reversing an earlier decision - saying in a statement on their website that it would be dangerous for children to commute to school amid sub-zero temperatures and high winds.

    Polar vortex

    The NWS said the widespread chill was a result of a relatively infrequent alignment of weather conditions, allowing the Arctic polar vortex to be displaced unusually far south.

    Forecasters warned Chicago and Indianapolis could see overnight lows of minus 12F (-24C), Minneapolis minus 29F (-34C) and Fargo, North Dakota, minus 31F (-31C). The coldest temperature reported in the lower 48 states on Sunday was minus 40F (-40C) in the towns of Babbitt and Embarrass, Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. Between 6 inches and a foot (15-30cm) of snow was predicted from Chicago to Detroit, AccuWeather said, while icy sleet and rain was forecast for much of the northeast, where a brief thaw was forecast before intense cold returned late Monday.

    Officials closed several Illinois roads because of drifting snow, and warned residents to stay inside. Roads in the midwest were particularly dangerous, and officials in Missouri warned it was too cold for rock salt to be very effective.

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    With state of the art technology and the latest info available at the flick of a switch I fail to see why the public should have to put up with out of date forecasts. In this fast moving situation its

    I've only gone and done it. This went to the Press Complaints Commission this morning....         1i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
    Britain's wild weather: the silver linings in dark clouds
     
    Heavy rains, tidal surges and storms aren't just uniformly bad for the nation – they do some good too
     
    Nowhere in Britain has escaped the wild weather of the past three months. October was marked by exceptional rainfall and the St Jude storm, November was dry but windy, then came the tidal surge on 5 December and the floods and storms of Christmas Eve and the New Year. There have been over 500 severe weather and flood warnings since October and there is no end in sight of high winds and heavy rainfall. But while thousands of acres of farmland remains waterlogged and millions of people have had travel plans disrupted, flooding and storms are far from uniformly negative. It just depends on who you are and what you do ...
     
    Wind power
     
    The UK wind industry has had its best-ever period, setting daily, weekly and monthly records. Wind turbines generated 2.8m megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity for the National Grid in December – enough to power more than 5.7m homes – and wind has supplied 10% or more of Britain's total electricity demand for homes since 1 December. In the week before Christmas, wind provided 13% of Britain's total electricity needs and on 21 December, a record 17% of the nation's total electricity demand was met by turbines. Some of the increased wind power was because Britain had ramped up its capacity to generate wind power in 2013, but the exceptionally windy weather also helped, says industry body RenewableUK. Most turbines used to switch off automatically in strong winds but newer models cope much better, it says.
     
    "We expect records to be set more frequently as extreme weather becomes more normal, and as giant new offshore windfarms are built and commissioned. Our target is to generate 15% of all energy from renewables by 2020. To do that we need to generate about 30% of UK electricty from wind. With six years to go, we are on target. This weather shows that wind power is working," said a spokesman.
     
    Water supplies
     
    The heavy rains across Britain have left the water supply industry smiling. "The rainfall in December and early January has ensured that reservoir stocks are above average across almost all of the UK and groundwater levels have generally risen rapidly over the last six weeks. The water resources outlook for 2014 is therefore very healthy," said Terry Marsh, hydrologist at the government's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).
     
    UK Water, which represents all UK water companies, confidently predicted that there would be no water shortages this summer. "The ground water supplies are full, rivers are full and bills are very unlikely to rise because of shortages. All we need now is more reservoirs to catch more water for our growing population," said a spokesman.
     
    Wildlife
     
    Floods and storms are natural phenomena and very important to our natural environment, say ecologists. "Small floods stimulate fish migration and clean river gravels of silt, while larger floods inundate floodplains, naturally enriching the soil with fertile silt, providing habitat for wading birds and spawning sites for fish. Even extreme floods play a crucial role in shaping our landscape and removing debris from our rivers; while they may destroy some habitats, they also create new ones," said a CEH spokesman.
     
    While strong winds and heavy rains can devastate animal habitats, most of Britain's flora and fauna is adapted to wet and windy weather in winter months and some plants actually depend on strong winds to spread their seeds further afield. Burrowing animals like badgers, rabbits, foxes, stoats, weasels, rats, worms and mice are vulnerable to flooding but they breed best when soggy ground makes their holes easy to dig.
     
    Birds
     
    The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Slimbridge has reported near-record numbers of wading birds as a direct result of the rains. "We've got more than double the waders we had at this point last year, because they're loving the mild, wet conditions so they don't need to migrate to mainland Europe. We've got near-record numbers of golden plover – about 4,000 of them – and nearly 6,000 lapwing bursting into flocks that wheel in the wind before settling down again to feed in the wet grassland," said a spokesman.
     
    Climate change
     
    The wild weather has been a good stick for environment groups and scientists to beat government with over its perceived lack of interest in adapting Britain to sea-level rise, increased storm surges and the increased intensity of rainfall and storms expected with climate change.
     
    Former chief scientist Sir David King said recently that priority should be given to flood defences. "The important thing to get across is the simple notion that storms and severe weather conditions that we might have expected to occur once in 100 years, say, in the past may now be happening more frequently," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "The reason is – as predicted by scientists – that the climate is changing and as the climate changes we can anticipate quite a radical change in weather conditions."
     
    Charles Tucker, chair of the National Flood Forum, said on Monday that the government should think ahead further. "With joined-up thinking, you invest in communities to develop resilience and prepare for future flooding. You invest in a national effort, requiring the agencies responsible for flood risk management to work with local people, equipping them to tackle local flooding problems. You give local communities the tools to find solutions themselves."

     

     

     

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/06/britain-wild-weather-rain-storms-floods

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    After the great flood comes the big chill with sub-zero temperatures from the US

     

    The big-freeze storm system crippling America is due to nudge past the UK over the next few days. Forecasters warned that the low pressure system will draw freezing air from the Arctic as it moves around Scotland later in the week, bringing a shivering end to the current mild conditions. The polar vortex has brought the most severe winter weather in decades to two-thirds of the US – with 40,000 homes being left without power, up to 6,000 flights cancelled and people in Indianapolis being banned from driving. The system has so far claimed at least 16 lives.

     

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/452414/After-the-great-flood-comes-the-big-chill-with-sub-zero-temperatures-from-the-US

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    Weather experts fear the worst as UK prepares for 'Polar Vortex'

     

    A "POLAR VORTEX" currently smashing its way through the United States in an icy wave of destruction – is now heading for Britain. As the US prepares for snow blizzards and temperatures dipping below -50c, weather experts fear the Atlantic blast is making its way east. Dr James Overland, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, believes some of Earth's coldest temperatures could cause severe problems in the UK. He said: "When the polar vortex breaks down, this allows cold air to spill south, affecting the eastern United States and other regions. "This can result in a warmer-than-average arctic region and colder temperatures that may include severe winter weather events in the North American and European continents."The polar vortex has been created by trapped wind at the polar ice cap bringing Earth's coldest temperatures to the mainland. The US has been trying to cope with the treacherous conditions after the worst of the weather began to hit on Monday in Authorities have said 16 deaths in recent days have been caused by the fatal weather that has been classes as the country's worst conditions in 20 years.

     

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/359183/Weather-experts-fear-the-worst-as-UK-prepares-for-Polar-Vortex-

     
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  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire
  • Weather Preferences: Cool not cold, warm not hot. No strong Wind.
  • Location: N.Bedfordshire, E.Northamptonshire

    Why has the 'polar vortex' become a media buzzword all of a sudden? Seems they have no idea what it is and using are using the word as license to forecast more speculative doom.

    That sounds like the meeja alright. Headlines and Soundbites that seek to grab attention for gain.

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  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield
  • Weather Preferences: Any Extreme
  • Location: Sheffield South Yorkshire 160M Powering the Sheffield Shield

     

    Weather experts fear the worst as UK prepares for 'Polar Vortex'

     

    A "POLAR VORTEX" currently smashing its way through the United States in an icy wave of destruction – is now heading for Britain. As the US prepares for snow blizzards and temperatures dipping below -50c, weather experts fear the Atlantic blast is making its way east. Dr James Overland, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, believes some of Earth's coldest temperatures could cause severe problems in the UK. He said: "When the polar vortex breaks down, this allows cold air to spill south, affecting the eastern United States and other regions. "This can result in a warmer-than-average arctic region and colder temperatures that may include severe winter weather events in the North American and European continents."The polar vortex has been created by trapped wind at the polar ice cap bringing Earth's coldest temperatures to the mainland. The US has been trying to cope with the treacherous conditions after the worst of the weather began to hit on Monday in Authorities have said 16 deaths in recent days have been caused by the fatal weather that has been classes as the country's worst conditions in 20 years.

     

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/359183/Weather-experts-fear-the-worst-as-UK-prepares-for-Polar-Vortex-

     

     

    Well with a weak polar vortex the cold air does move south. However the polar vortex hasn't broken up yet and even it does it doesn't guarantee that we will end up being cold.

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    Just TWO more days of rain to go. Then SNOW will grip Britain, warn forecasters

     

    BRITAIN faces more flooding misery before a bitter cold winter blast arrives after the weekend.Temperatures are set to plunge as the current mild Atlantic weather system makes way for colder air from the Arctic. Drier and calmer conditions will be welcomed by thousands devastated by floods though the change will bring a new threat of snow and ice. However forecasters warned of  more heavy downpours tomorrow and Thursday with the flood-ravaged South again most at risk.

     

    The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for rain across the South and South-west over the next two days. It said up to two inches could fall in regions already battling floods triggered by relentless rain over the past two weeks. Chief forecaster Frank Saunders said: “A depression will pass northeastwards across the UK on Wednesday and early on Thursday. “10 to 20 mm of rainfall will fall quite widely in parts of Wales and south west England, with perhaps 30 to 40 mm [1.5ins]  in the wettest spots. “Given current sensitive hydrological conditions, there is a risk of further surface water flooding.â€

     

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/452559/Weather-Forecast-Polar-Plunge-to-replace-endless-rain-with-heavy-snow-set-to-sweep-UK

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    Polar Vortex Fallout To Sweep Into UK

     

    More heavy rain and wind is on on the way at the end of the week as the fallout from the the blast of freezing polar air battering the US hits the UK. A weather system forming part of the record-breaking polar vortex that has affected half of America is heading across the Atlantic, warming as it comes. The Met Office had already extended its severe weather alert until Thursday morning, warning of more floods as saturated ground and swollen rivers in the south of England and Wales may not cope with more rain. But further heavy falls will be swept in when the US weather system reaches the UK on Friday.

     

    Sky's US Correspondent Dominic Waghorn said the worst of the big freeze in America should now be over, with temperatures set to rise. "That's good news for Americans but not necessarily for the rest of us," he said. "Meteorologists warn that when a polar vortex breaks up it scatters its forces literally to the four winds, meaning that the extreme weather experienced here this week could be flung as far afield as Europe." The Met Office has its lowest warning in place, forecasting "periods of heavy rain" in the south west of England and Wales on Wednesday into Thursday.

     

    http://news.sky.com/story/1191801/polar-vortex-fallout-to-sweep-into-uk

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    It's all down to the PM:

     

    David Cameron 'very much suspects' climate change causing abnormal weather such as floods
     
    Prime Minister clearly links flooding to climate change, saying he believes the phenomenon is causing a rise in abnormal weather events

     

     

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/10559114/David-Cameron-very-much-suspects-climate-change-causing-abnormal-weather-such-as-floods.html

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)

    Last weather warning to expire - but flood risk remains

     

    A rain warning for much of Wales and south-west England ends at 09:00 GMT, and no more warnings have been issued. However, more than 100 flood warnings are still in place in England, as well as seven in Scotland and one in Wales. It comes as forecasters predict possible snow in northern and eastern parts of the UK next week.

     
    BBC Weather's Emma Boorman said cooler temperatures would set in from Thursday, becoming colder over the weekend. "There is a snow risk for the north and east [of the UK], but not immediately," she said. Meanwhile, the Environment Agency said water was still draining into rivers, meaning some would continue to rise.
     
    An Environment Agency spokesperson said on Wednesday that the impact of the rainfall would continue for "several days" despite the forecast of drier weather. "It will not just have an immediate impact over the next few days - it's going to take a long time to drain away," she said.
     
    The Met Office yellow warning - the lowest of three levels - which expires at 09:00 GMT covers southern and central Wales, the South West of England and some western parts of the Midlands. The warning says "further wet conditions" are expected on Thursday morning, and though the impact is not expected to be "as significant as seen recently" there could be some further flooding.
     
    Many of the flood warnings now in force, which are mostly in the south of England, are for the River Thames. A band of heavy rain swept across south-west England and into Wales and other parts of western England on Wednesday, falling on already saturated ground. In Oxfordshire, a cyclist, believed to be 73 years old, died after falling into floodwater - the eighth person confirmed dead in flooding and weather-related incidents since severe weather began before Christmas.

     

     

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25651116

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    The Daily Express have picked up on the snow now, if it fails to arrive you know who to blame

     

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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    Britain’s getting a battering as storms wipes out our fish and chips

     

    KILLER storms will send the cost of fish and chips soaring as trawlers are grounded by violent seas and markets close. The lack of fresh fish has already raised prices as boats stay tied up during the worst winter gales in 40 years. Last night showed no let-up as already-flooded areas of the country were lashed by 24 hours of non-stop rain which will continue into today. And conditions are set to worsen next week as a Siberian storm sweeps in, with forecasters warning of the first “real spell†of winter. Fish and chip shop and super-market prices are already rising as the supply of fresh fish has been disrupted. Plymouth fish market was shut on Monday, with floor manager Tony Chown saying there was barely any fish to sell. “It’s down to the weather. People can’t move,†he said. Fisherman David Stevens, from Newlyn, Cornwall, has had his boat tied down since December 16.

     

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/359595/Britain-s-getting-a-battering-as-storms-wipes-out-our-fish-and-chips

     
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  • Location: Redhill, Surrey
  • Weather Preferences: Southerly tracking LPs, heavy snow. Also 25c and calm
  • Location: Redhill, Surrey

     

    Britain’s getting a battering as storms wipes out our fish and chips

     

    KILLER storms will send the cost of fish and chips soaring as trawlers are grounded by violent seas and markets close. The lack of fresh fish has already raised prices as boats stay tied up during the worst winter gales in 40 years. Last night showed no let-up as already-flooded areas of the country were lashed by 24 hours of non-stop rain which will continue into today. And conditions are set to worsen next week as a Siberian storm sweeps in, with forecasters warning of the first “real spell†of winter. Fish and chip shop and super-market prices are already rising as the supply of fresh fish has been disrupted. Plymouth fish market was shut on Monday, with floor manager Tony Chown saying there was barely any fish to sell. “It’s down to the weather. People can’t move,†he said. Fisherman David Stevens, from Newlyn, Cornwall, has had his boat tied down since December 16.

     

    http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/359595/Britain-s-getting-a-battering-as-storms-wipes-out-our-fish-and-chips

     

     

    Give the fish stocks a breather....

    No doubt a path clearer to raise taxes....

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  • Location: Camborne
  • Location: Camborne

    Addressing the Daily Mail and James Delingpole’s ‘crazy climate change obsession’ article

     

    An article by James Delingpole appears in the Daily Mail today under the headline ‘The crazy climate change obsession that’s made the Met Office a menace’.

     

    This article contains a series of factual inaccuracies about the Met Office and its science, as outlined below.

     

    http://metofficenews...ession-article/

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    Addressing the Daily Mail and James Delingpole’s ‘crazy climate change obsession’ article

     

    An article by James Delingpole appears in the Daily Mail today under the headline ‘The crazy climate change obsession that’s made the Met Office a menace’.

     

    This article contains a series of factual inaccuracies about the Met Office and its science, as outlined below.

     

    http://metofficenews...ession-article/

     

    Whatever you think about their position on climate change, not even going into that warzone, the attacks on their weather forecasting abilities are very unjustified by the evidence, as their response explains. A spiteful attack on the skilled and dedicated people who I think do a very good job overall in one of the most difficult places to forecast the weather in the world. You realise how good they are when compared to the amateurs out there (like us) and organisations like ExactaWeather and so on.

    I'm on their side in this!

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  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.
  • Location: Derbyshire Peak District South Pennines Middleton & Smerrill Tops 305m (1001ft) asl.

    That's fantastic Knocker ! He looks keen.

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  • Location: East Lothian
  • Weather Preferences: Not too hot, excitement of snow, a hoolie
  • Location: East Lothian

    The DM article  "made the MO a menace"

    Climate change is just one part of weather forecasting, it is the longer term arm, weighed down by politics and so budgetary issues

     

    the main part of the MO work is producing daily forecasts, the shipping forecast, warnings, working together with other govt agencies such as the Env agency to help warn about the flooding. Great that all the quotes about how the MO have got the rainfall total wrong, are against photos of the recent flooding, does even the picture editor not believe the article

     

    and what are  "recent forecast-defying floods"

    Is the MO supposed to be erecting flood defences around the whole of the UK to stop the flooding, which may just increase from the DM non happening Climate change

    I'd imagine there will be ripe DM headline not too far back screeching the horrors of 'global warming and carnage'

     

    Forecasters who have just finished a 12 hour night shift will just sag to see this on their journey home, or overhear whitterings in the corner shop, ooooh the Met Office got it wrong again....

     

    Do remember James Delingpole: I’m a Marmite man – being loathed is a badge of honour

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2227368/I-m-Marmite-man--loathed-badge-honour.html#ixzz2pzEwvFDM 
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  • Location: Darlington
  • Weather Preferences: Warm dry summers
  • Location: Darlington

    New winter misery as blanket of snow follows devastating floods

     

    SNOW left parts of Britain under a carpet of white yesterday with the country braced for a Big Freeze. Just as the devastating floods of recent weeks start to recede Arctic winds threaten to sweep in next week bringing ice, harsh frosts and wintry showers. The mercury is expected to plunge below freezing across the UK with regions left sodden after the relentless rain now facing new misery. Bitterly cold winds threaten to send temperatures plunging to -10C (14F) in the North while the South will shiver in lows of -4C (25F).

     

    Forecasters warned that up to four inches of snow could fall over high ground in Derbyshire and Yorkshire. High pressure responsible for the cold snap could remain for weeks with the chill lasting until spring. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “People haven’t felt the cold so far as it has been mild so they should prepare for a shock to the system. “It is going to get gradually colder from the weekend before taking a real plunge by the middle of next week. There is a significant threat of snow across the UK.

     

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/453019/New-winter-misery-as-blanket-of-snow-follows-devastating-floods

     

    We'll be lucky if it lasts a week never mind till spring!

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  • Location: Ribble Valley
  • Location: Ribble Valley

    New winter misery as blanket of snow follows devastating floods SNOW left parts of Britain under a carpet of white yesterday with the country braced for a Big Freeze. Just as the devastating floods of recent weeks start to recede Arctic winds threaten to sweep in next week bringing ice, harsh frosts and wintry showers. The mercury is expected to plunge below freezing across the UK with regions left sodden after the relentless rain now facing new misery. Bitterly cold winds threaten to send temperatures plunging to -10C (14F) in the North while the South will shiver in lows of -4C (25F). Forecasters warned that up to four inches of snow could fall over high ground in Derbyshire and Yorkshire. High pressure responsible for the cold snap could remain for weeks with the chill lasting until spring. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “People haven’t felt the cold so far as it has been mild so they should prepare for a shock to the system. “It is going to get gradually colder from the weekend before taking a real plunge by the middle of next week. There is a significant threat of snow across the UK. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/453019/New-winter-misery-as-blanket-of-snow-follows-devastating-floods We'll be lucky if it lasts a week never mind till spring!

    We'll be lucky if we get a frost let alone a big freeze.
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  • Location: Near Romford Essex.
  • Location: Near Romford Essex.

    Give the fish stocks a breather....

    No doubt a path clearer to raise taxes....

     

    A long long time ago we had the window tax; are we gonna have a wind and rain tax or a flood tax? Good idea: I don't remember any stormy weather that lead to flooding before 1998....................

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  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
  • Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex (work in Mid Sussex)
    Too early to link UK extreme weather to climate change, says Met Office
     
    Agency at odds with David Cameron's linking of recent heavy rainfall and storms with climate change
     
    It is too early to say whether climate change is behind the recent storms that have wreaked havoc on Britain, the Met Office said on Thursday. Meteorologists said that no scientific research had been carried out into the cause of the heavy rain and floods that has blighted much of the country over Christmas and the New Year.  Winds of more than 60mph and huge waves battered the coastline from Cornwall to Scotland, with flooding affecting many parts of the UK, and motorists were tonight being warned that freezing temperatures would cause widespread ice in the morning.  The Met Office comments appeared to be at odds with that of David Cameron, who yesterday said at Prime Minister's Questions that climate change could well be linked to the recent storms. 
     
    Dan Williams, a Met Office spokesman, said: "No attribution study has been done, so you can't make a definitive statement about how more or less likely the recent flooding has become because of climate change."  Williams said the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - the world leader on research into climate change - had produced a report last year linking some types of "extreme weather" with man-made climate change.  "So if you are talking about extreme weather globally there has been some observed increase in some types of extreme weather and there is some evidence, depending on which types of extreme weather you are talking about, of a link between man-made climate change and some types of extreme weather," he said. Williams said that this research was supported by attribution studies which looked at specific weather-related events, such as Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Caribbean and North America, or a drought in East Africa. "They can see how that event is more or less likely because of human influence," he said.  "What those attribution studies have shown is that some events have become more likely and there are some events where there is no evidence of any human influence at all - it's a mixed bag really.  
     
    "You can't say definitively that an event is caused by climate change and climate change only because we have always had extreme weather. "But the chances of extreme weather occurring may have altered because of climate change. "So it would be consistent with the picture we have seen of increasing rainfall in the UK over the past few decades. "There has also been an observed increase in intense rainfall events but again to link those to climate change is a research project which hasn't been done." 
     
    Cameron's view will put him at odds with many Tory backbenchers as well as members of his own Cabinet, including Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, who is widely viewed as a climate-change sceptic. His comments yesterday followed a question from Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron, who asked about the "extreme weather conditions affecting our communities", which he said "are a destructive and inevitable consequence at least in part of climate change". Cameron replied: "I agree with you that we are seeing more abnormal weather events. "Colleagues across the House can argue about whether that is linked to climate change or not. I very much suspect that it is."  Earlier today, the Environment Secretary brought a roar of laughter from the opposition benches in the Commons as he appeared unable to bring himself to endorse his party leader's view. 
     
    The latest Met Office yellow warning replaced the threat of rain with ice for Wales and all of England - excluding the north east - tomorrow, particularly places with large areas of standing water. Around 100 flood warnings in England, along with four in Scotland and one in Wales remain in place with forecasters predicting freezing temperatures and possibly snow in the north next week. River levels have been rising in counties including Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and the Midlands, the Environment Agency (EA) said. Rivers including the Hampshire Avon through Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, the Stour in Dorset, the Parrett in Somerset and the Severn through the Midlands showed no signs of receding. 
     
    Communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire were also warned that they were at risk of flooding in the coming days. Howard Davidson, the EA's director for the south east, said: "River levels are high and will continue to rise for the next few days. It is likely that we will see further flooding to properties over the coming days." Flooding continued on parts of the Somerset Levels, and there remained a risk of flooding from groundwater in Dorset, south Wiltshire and West Sussex, the EA said. Eight people have died and more than 1,700 homes and businesses have been flooded in England since the beginning of the Christmas period, with around 550 properties flooded since the new year. Some 140 properties have been flooded in Wales. 
     
    Flood defences protected 220,000 properties over the Christmas period and another 800,000 were protected during the coastal flooding in early December. High winds over Christmas also left 250,000 homes without power, with some families waiting days for electricity to be restored. In Cornwall work was continuing to repair the damage caused by the storms - estimated costing around £2 million - with people advised not to visit places badly affected. Meanwhile, a woman was taken to hospital after being rescued from water in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire overnight. People living on Ham Island on the River Thames in Old Windsor, Berkshire have been helping neighbours after their homes flooded, while supplies have continued to be brought by boat to Muchelney in the Somerset Levels, which has been cut off since last week. Dorset Police was warning motorists in large vehicles not to drive through standing water at speed creating a wash that floods nearby homes.

     

     

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/09/uk-extreme-weather-climate-change-met-office

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  • Location: Carryduff, County Down 420ft ASL

    Well.....that's scuppered any potential cold spell.

     

    James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said: “January is likely to become progressively colder. It will be a very cold and exceptionally snowy month overall, especially in the second half.â€

     

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/451924/Snow-and-arctic-winds-to-plunge-Britain-into-deep-freeze-after-storm-destruction

     

    Well, at least this charlatan will once again be shown up for the publicity seeking sorry excuse for a forecaster that he is.

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