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Is the jet stream changing direction? Meandering air flow could lead to longer, harsher winters
  • The jet stream controls weather over Northern Europe and North America
  • Over the past two decades, scientists believe the jet stream has weakened
  • Instead of circling Earth in the north, the jet stream has begun to meander
  • This could cause longer and colder winters over the northern hemisphere

 

The fast-moving river of air that controls weather over Northern Europe and North America is undergoing a dramatic shift that could lead to harsher winters.

Scientists believe the jet stream which girdles Earth is increasingly taken a longer, meandering path causing weather patterns to become ‘stuck’.

This could result in longer and harsher winters over North America and northern Europe, according to researchers in Chicago.

 

The jet stream is a ribbon of high altitude, high-speed wind in northern latitudes that blows from west to east.

It is formed when the cold Arctic air clashes with warmer air from further south. The greater the difference in temperature, the faster the jet stream moves.

 

According to Jennifer Francis, a climate expert at Rutgers University, the Arctic air has warmed in recent years as a result of melting polar ice caps.

‘The jet stream is a very fast moving river of air over our head,’ she said on Saturday at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

‘But over the past two decades the jet stream has weakened. This is something we can measure,’ she said.

As a result, instead of circling the Earth in the far north, the jet stream has begun to meander, like a river heading off course.

This has brought chilly Arctic weather further south than normal and warmer temperatures north. Perhaps most disturbingly, it remains in place for longer periods of time.

The U.S. is currently enduring an especially bitter winter, with the midwestern and southern states experiencing unusually low temperatures.

In contrast, far northern regions like Alaska are going through an unusually warm winter this year.

This suggests ‘that weather patterns are changing,’ Professor Francis said. ‘We can expect more of the same and we can expect it to happen more frequently.’

Temperatures in the Arctic have been rising ‘two to three times faster than the rest of the planet,’ said James Overland, a weather expert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Professor Francis added that it is premature to blame humans for these changes.

‘Our data to look at this effect is very short and so it is hard to get very clear signal,’ she said.

‘But as we have more data I do think we will start to see the influence of climate change.’

The meandering jet steam phenomenon, sometimes called ‘Santa's Revenge’, remains a controversial idea.

‘There is evidence for and against it,’ said Mark Serreze, director of the National Snowland Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado.

But he said rising Arctic temperatures are directly linked to melting ice caps.

‘The sea ice cover acts as a lid which separates the ocean from a colder atmosphere,’ Mr Serreze told the conference.

But if the lid is removed, then warmth contained in the water rises into the atmosphere.

This warming trend and the shifting jet stream will have a dire impact on agriculture, especially in the farm-rich middle-latitudes in the U.S..

‘We are going to see changes in patterns of precipitation, of temperatures that might be linked to what is going on in the far north,’ said Mr Serreze.

The main impact on agriculture and livestock will not come from small temperature changes, but rather from temperature extremes and the weather patterns that hold them in place for longer periods of time.

This means there is now less of a difference in temperatures when it hits air from lower latitudes.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2561218/Is-jet-stream-changing-direction-Meandering-flow-air-lead-longer-harsher-winters.html

 

 

 

This and various other media outlets have printed versions of this story. Is it likely or just part of our normal weather over the centuries and these things just happen. I wonder if any one can comment on here ?

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Tonnes of debris removed from flooded River Severn

 

More than 500 tonnes of debris washed down by the floods has been pulled from the River Severn in Worcestershire, county council officials said. A mechanical digger was brought in to recover the debris, which included 30ft (9m) trees ripped up by the waters. Several roads are still shut in the city, including Hylton Road between Henwick Road and Worcester Bridge. Worcestershire County Council said the clean-up operation was progressing well.

 

'Tip of the iceberg'

 

Jon Fraser, from the council, said: "We estimate we've got about 500 tonnes' worth of material - most of it trees. "But we've also come across parts of a shed, we've had a wheelie bin and a beer barrel. There's all sorts." Mr Fraser added the piles of debris visible on the water's surface was "just the tip of the iceberg" and was stacked up to 9ft (3m) deep. Across the county, the bridges in Upton-upon-Severn and Bewdley remain closed. Supt Kevin Purcell, of West Mercia Police, said: "Bewdley Bridge will remain closed for the next few days." Dave Throup, of the Environment Agency, said flood levels were slowly falling across Worcestershire and Herefordshire. He added about 50 homes had been flooded in the city, with a similar number in rural Worcestershire and another 30 in neighbouring Herefordshire. However, he said flood defences built since the previous major flood of 2007 had protected about 1,300 homes along the River Severn.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-26237666

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Winter will be like this every two years by 2050! UK faces stormier winters & hot summers

 

BRITAIN faces stormier winters and hotter, drier summers, says TV weatherman Bill Giles. He says winters like this one will happen every two years by 2050. Mr Giles, 74, said: “This winter’s weather has been a nightmare. “The good news is that this week should see the beginning of the end of our misery, with floods subsiding. The bad news is that these winters will be much more common.†A BBC weatherman from 1975 until 2000, Mr Giles told Radio Times: “The climate of our planet is continually changing. Central England Temperature, which is the longest continuous meteorological record, dating back to 1659, didn’t change significantly for 300 years.

 

“Between 1990 and 2000 it went up by one whole degree C and has continued to rise. So there’s no disputing the earth is warming. “The calculations are that by 2050 average global temperature will have risen by 2–3C. This means we’d better get used to milder, stormier winters with more floods and strong winds. “The mathematics is showing us that the mild wet winters we get now once in 30 years will occur once every two years. “The hot dry summers we now get once in 50 years will, by 2050, occur once every three.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/460380/Long-range-weather-Winter-will-be-like-this-every-two-years-by-2050

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Britain set for BEST summer ever as nation says goodbye to winter from HELL

 

AS Britain's worst winter in decades is almost over, scientists are predicting this year's summer could be the BEST ever. After months of heavy flooding and hurricane-force winds, German researchers are predicting 2014 to be the hottest summer on record. So far, the UK has been bombarded with the worst floods in decades as much of the country struggles to cope in the hellish conditions. But the scientists say there is a 75 per cent chance that this summer is going to be an absolute scorcher. A study published by the scientists in the 'PNAS' journal, believes 2014 will have an El Niño pattern, where waters on the Pacific equator are warmer than usual leading to higher temperatures in summer. The forecasters at Armin Bunde of Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany have successfully predicted El Niño events over the past two years and are confident again.

 

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "It could be right, but it could be just over Europe. "It's not entirely clear what area he is looking at." They added: "We do not usually predict the weather over such a long period as there are so many factors to consider. "It is far too early to tell. "Plus we need to get through what we're going through at the moment." With hundreds of homes still without power and much of the south west of the country underwater, the Government may be wishing it had flood warnings six months earlier. El Niño trends can be predicted six months at a time and the scientists feel the technique could be used to help countries prepare earlier for unexpected weather.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/365915/Scientists-predict-best-summer-ever-with-Britain-ready-to-rid-winter-from-hell

 

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Britain set for BEST summer ever as nation says goodbye to winter from HELL

 

AS Britain's worst winter in decades is almost over, scientists are predicting this year's summer could be the BEST ever. After months of heavy flooding and hurricane-force winds, German researchers are predicting 2014 to be the hottest summer on record. So far, the UK has been bombarded with the worst floods in decades as much of the country struggles to cope in the hellish conditions. But the scientists say there is a 75 per cent chance that this summer is going to be an absolute scorcher. A study published by the scientists in the 'PNAS' journal, believes 2014 will have an El Niño pattern, where waters on the Pacific equator are warmer than usual leading to higher temperatures in summer. The forecasters at Armin Bunde of Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany have successfully predicted El Niño events over the past two years and are confident again.

 

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "It could be right, but it could be just over Europe. "It's not entirely clear what area he is looking at." They added: "We do not usually predict the weather over such a long period as there are so many factors to consider. "It is far too early to tell. "Plus we need to get through what we're going through at the moment." With hundreds of homes still without power and much of the south west of the country underwater, the Government may be wishing it had flood warnings six months earlier. El Niño trends can be predicted six months at a time and the scientists feel the technique could be used to help countries prepare earlier for unexpected weather.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/365915/Scientists-predict-best-summer-ever-with-Britain-ready-to-rid-winter-from-hell

 

 

Lol, well that's the coldest summer on record almost guaranteed then now,what makes me laugh is their predictive success rate of the last two  years. All and sundry got that prediction right, as for a El Nino, I expect a weak nino to develop throughout the summer and my track record is as good as anyones  on these matters.Posted Image

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You really couldn't make it up could you?....Posted Image

 

Met an old guy earlier whilst swimming the dog and he said 'Gonna be a dry summer boy, there'll be no rain left in the clouds by then'....frankly I give just as much credance to his theory as I do the Germans!

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It's only a matter of time before we get caught in a long lasting ridge again, might happen this summer or it might not, will just have to wait and see!

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Britain's 100 days of WEATHER HELL: Met Office sent more than 270 alerts over storm period

 

BRITAIN has been bombarded with warnings for violent and frenzied weather EVERY DAY for the past three and a half months. Tuesday has been the FIRST DAY without a single warning in place somewhere in the UK for either wind, rain, snow, ice or fog. Britain’s maniacal winter weather, which has unleashed an onslaught of savage and relentless storms, has prompted the Met Office to issue 277 alerts. There have been almost 100 warnings for wind while government forecasters have put out some 200 alerts for rain since the start of November.

 

This month has seen the Met Office’s weather map peppered with alerts for snow and ice as temperatures around the country began to fall. February also brought the first red severe weather warning for more than a year - the last one was issued last January when heavy snow hit the Welsh valleys. The ultra-rare alerts warn of the immediate need to take action, this month’s along the west coast came ahead of hurricane-force 100mph gales.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/460481/Britain-s-100-DAYS-of-weather-hell-Met-Office-sent-more-than-270-alerts-during-storms

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Britain's flood misery will drag on till MAY as forecasters warn of MORE torrential rain

 

BRITAIN’S flood misery is set to drag on for MONTHS as forecasters warn of more torrential rain on the way. Although fierce storms which triggered months of misery have come to an end relentless downpours will continue until MAY. Experts warned it could be SUMMER before thousands who have endured weeks of flood misery get any respite. Underground water stores are dangerously full while rivers at bursting point threatening to swamp homes and communities living nearby. Aquifers will continue to feed into rivers until mid spring at least with any more rain running off saturated land in torrents. Environment experts warn because of the relentless heavy rain since before Christmas, flooding will continue until at least the middle of spring.

 

Andrew McKenzie, hydrogeologist from the British Geological survey, said the flooding emergency is likely to continue for another two months or even longer. He said: “Groundwater flooding could last until May even if the rain stops, as the levels are so high. The aquifers are at their highest levels since 2001.†Meanwhile the Met office has confirmed the wettest winter on record in central, southern and south-east England. Forecasters said although the risk of storms is much lower than of late, another band of rain is due to sweep in this week. The Met Office said downpours will set in on Wednesday with the south-west once again expected to be worst affected.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/460275/Weather-UK-s-flood-misery-will-last-till-MAY-as-forecasters-warn-of-MORE-torrential-rain

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Six more weeks of flooding, admits Cameron - but at least there won't be a hosepipe ban this summer after record rainfall

  • Prime Minister says people are 'depressed' by how long it will take for flood water to drain away from affected areas
  • Confirmed that the Treasury would cover the cost of council tax rebates for flooding victims in England
  • Record rainfall in Somerset has submerged villages and cost businesses in the county some £1.2m in six weeks
  • Cameron said: 'It's a long haul. That's why I keep coming down here to ask is there anything more we can do?'
  • Comes as water companies promised there would be no hosepipe ban this summer because of record downpours
  • Confidence comes after sixth-wettest December in the UK and the most rainfall in southern England since 1766
  • Anglian Water which supplies historically the driest region of the UK says it can 'absolutely guarantee' no ban

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2562961/Flooded-families-wont-pay-council-tax-year-says-Cameron-admits-areas-underwater-SIX-WEEKS.html

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19 February 2014 - Harsh weather over the North Sea, with average wind and wave conditions the highest in any December since 1981, has led to many operational challenges for a number of oil and gas companies.

 

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/archive/2014/north-sea-storms?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

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Britain set for 10-day weather nightmare as ANOTHER vicious Atlantic storm heads our way

 

LATEST weather forecasts warn ANOTHER violent Atlantic storm is threatening to smash into the UK next week. Britain’s 10 day weather outlook is a horror story of rain and gales thanks to a stream of low pressure systems lined up over the Atlantic. Long-range forecasters say the first taste of bad weather is gathering pace to hit TOMORROW (Thursday) with torrential downpours set to hit the south. However a deeper low is predicted to smash into the UK at the beginning of next week with forecasters warning it is “one to watchâ€. Gales of up to 60 mph threaten to lash parts of the UK over the next few days with communities devastated by floods facing another barrage of misery. The Thames Barrier in London is due to close this afternoon (Wednesday) to hold back the incoming tide and help lower river levels to the west of London.

 

Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow said  heavy rain will sweep into Wales and western England first thing Thursday morning. Plunging temperatures will bring an added twist of wintery showers and ice with the north most likely to see snow, she added. She said: “A line of heavy rain is moving into Wales and western England first thing [on Thursday]. “For England and Wales there will be further pulses of showery rain moving in from the west during [the day] but they fade as they drift eastwards. “Gradually the mild air is replaced by colder conditions, a noticeable difference by the end of the day. Through Thursday evening the south-westerly winds will bring more showers, some wintry. “Temperatures will fall to near freezing, but the breeze (fresh in the north) could keep frost away. There could be ice about in sheltered spots.†The threat of further rain threatens misery to parts of the UK which have started to recover from recent floods.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/460645/Forecast-UK-in-for-10-day-weather-hell-as-ANOTHER-vicious-Atlantic-storm-heads-our-way

 

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Well that's got to be the biggest misquote from netweather ever that forecast. How do they get away with such rubbish I don't know.

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Winter wettest ever, says Met Office

 

The UK has had wettest winter on record - 486.8mm of rain - beating previous 1995 record, Met Office says
 
With a week still to go in the winter, the UK's rainfall record for the season has already been broken.
 
The incessant storms and rainfall over the past two months have made this the wettest winter since records began in 1910.
 
According to provisional figures from the Met Office, the UK received 486.8mm of rain between 1 December 2013 and 19 February 2014.
 
This beat the previous record of 485.1mm of rain set in 1995.
 
The amount of rainfall recorded in Wales was also a new record for the winter.
 
There have also been new record winter totals in east Scotland, southwest England and south Wales.
 
The southeast and central southern England region broke the winter record on 11 February with a total of 439.2mm, smashing the previous one that had lasted since 1914-1915.
 
Most of the UK is also on target for a warmer than average winter, the Met Office said.
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Winter wettest ever, says Met Office

 

The UK has had wettest winter on record - 486.8mm of rain - beating previous 1995 record, Met Office says
 
More to follow.
 

 

 

Won't come as a shock to those in the south and south west

 

Full story

 

With a week still to go in the Winter, the UK's rainfall record for the season has already been broken.

 

The incessant storms and rainfall over the past two months have made this the wettest Winter since records began in 1910.

 

According to provisional figures from the Met Office, the UK received 486.8mm of rain between 1 December 2013 and 19 February 2014.

 

This beat the previous record of 485.1mm of rain set in 1995.

 

The amount of rainfall recorded in Wales was also a new record for the Winter.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26280219

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It's OFFICIAL! Britain endured the WETTEST winter EVER and yet more storm misery is coming

 

BRITAIN is about to be plunged back into storm misery as it is confirmed the nation has endured the WETTEST winter EVER. The Met Office has in the past hour verified the ENTIRE UK  has been lashed by the most rainfall since records began in 1910. With another week of winter to go it is set to get EVEN WETTER with yet more rain and strong winds on the way according to 10-day weather forecasts. Forecasters said the jet stream, responsible for months of relentless storms, is once again getting stronger and heading straight for Britain.

 

It threatens to drag another stream of low pressure systems off the Atlantic triggering violent gales and more devastating floods. Swathes of the country have been pummelled by savage storms  for weeks which have unleashed violent gales and relentless torrential rain. An average of 486.8mm (19.16 inches) has fallen across the UK since November beating the previous record of 485.1mm (19.01 inches) set in 1995. Worst hit has been the south-west and South Wales which has been lashed by 632.5mm (25 inches) of rain beating the 1990 record of 610.7mm (24 inches).

 

Southeast and central southern England has seen 492mm (19.3 inches) beating the previous record of 437.1mm (17.2 inches) set in 1915. Wales has seen 691.8mm (27.2 inches) of rain beating the previous record of 684.1mm (27 inches) set in 1995, according to Met Office figures. A spokesman said: “The latest rainfall update from the Met Office National Climate Information Centre shows that this has been the UK’s wettest winter on record in the national series going back to 1910.†It comes forecasters warn Britain faces yet more wind and rain with the next bout due on Saturday. The Met Office said another band of rain is due to sweep across the country overnight into Sunday with heavy downpours likely. Spokeswoman Laura Young said: “There is more rain on the way on Saturday night, starting in the north-east and sweeping across to the south-west into Sunday.

 

“The heaviest rain will be in the north and central parts of the country and there could be some strong gusts coming through on Monday. “Then it is sunshine and showers through the next week.†Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said: “There is another bout of wind and rain on the way and it will continue into next week. “Gusts could hit 60mph in exposed regions and we are looking at more heavy bursts of rain, which in the south is going to be bad news as flooding is still an issue.

 

“The bad news is there is no sign of this wet and windy picture coming to an end and we could see further downpours into April.†Forecaster and former BBC broadcaster Michael Fish said the jet stream, responsible for the relentless storms over the past three months, is once again gathering strength. He said: “The jet stream will once again strengthen and feed low pressure systems towards us, at the moment they don’t look as intense as we’ve been battered with this year so far, but there’s plenty more rain and wind on the way.â€

 

The threat of more rain spells misery to parts of the country devastated by heavy and persistent rain which set in before Christmas. Worst hit has been the south with emergency teams still out in force in Somerset battling to contain the crisis. Although some river levels have started to fall parts of the region are still on high alert for further flooding. The Environment Agency has issued two severe flood warnings, 71 flood warnings and 121 flood alerts for the next few days. A spokesman said: “We are urging people to remain vigilant as river levels are still very high across southern England and groundwater flooding remains a concern in Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Kent and parts of London.

 

In Somerset, severe river flooding on the Somerset Levels will continue for at least the next three days where there is a high overall flood risk. “River levels are now gradually falling on the River Thames, however, there are still significant flooding impacts along large stretches of the Thames. “In Kent, minor impacts are continuing on the River Stour for at least the next three days.â€

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/460902/It-s-OFFICIAL-Britain-endured-the-WETTEST-winter-EVER-and-yet-more-storm-misery-is-coming

 

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Hmm, a little exaggerated in parts. The ENTIRE UK has not been lashed by excessive amounts of rainfall. Much of the northern half of the country hasn't even had above-average amounts.

 

And as for their forecasts, words fail me.

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Could Met Office have been more wrong? Just before floods, secret report told councils: Winter will be 'drier than normal' - especially in West Country!

  • Worst weather prediction since Michael Fish reassured the nation in October 1987 there was no hurricane on the way
  • Forecasters said the Somerset Levels and the rest of the West Country would be especially dry
  • Last night, it was confirmed the UK had instead suffered the wettest winter since records began

The Met Office’s ‘pitiful’ forecasts were under fire last night after it was revealed it told councils in November to expect ‘drier than usual’ conditions this winter. In the worst weather prediction since Michael Fish reassured the nation in October 1987 that there was no hurricane on the way, forecasters said the Somerset Levels – still under water after more than two months of flooding – and the rest of the West Country would be especially dry. Last night, it was confirmed the UK had instead suffered the wettest winter since records began.

 

The three-month forecast, which a Met Office spokesman conceded was ‘experimental to some extent’, was given to councils, the Environment Agency and other contingency planners to tell them what they could expect from December to the end of this month. The forecasters – using ‘cutting-edge science’ – assured councils there would be a ‘significant reduction in precipitation compared to average’ for most of the country, adding that there was only a 15 per cent chance the winter would fall into the ‘wettest category’. 

 

It will have been of little assistance to the many local authorities facing some of the most severe flooding Britain has seen in decades.  Swathes of the country are still underwater, the Army is still helping to pump out deluged homes and thousands of people have nowhere to live.  Last night it was confirmed that the past 90 days have seen the heaviest rainfall in more than a century.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564358/Could-Met-Office-wrong-Just-floods-secret-report-told-councils-Winter-drier-normal-especially-West-Country.html

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Hmm, a little exaggerated in parts. The ENTIRE UK has not been lashed by excessive amounts of rainfall. Much of the northern half of the country hasn't even had above-average amounts.

 

And as for their forecasts, words fail me.

Actually look at the map again you'll see your statement is inaccurate. Most is 130% or more and remember the winter period isn't over so the 90-100% will continue to shrink.

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Sinking feeling: Rains to bring on a second wave of sinkholes

 

A SECOND wave of sinkholes is set to devastate Britain as the ground dries out after the storms. The gaping chasms could appear almost anywhere following the wettest winter on record, experts warn. Six sinkholes have already opened up this month, with a house collapsing in Ripon, North Yorks, while a 20ft deep pit appeared in a back garden in Hemel Hempstead, Herts. Dr Anthony Cooper, of the British Geological Survey, said: “How long the second wave lasts depends on the local geology and how the water is stored.†His colleague Dr Vanessa Banks added: “There has been a significant increase in sinkholes over the past few weeks, and it is reasonable to suggest this is related to the increase in rainfall.†A woman was yesterday critically ill in hospital after the ground collapsed from under her car in Swansea. Last night police said the cave-in was not being treated as a sinkhole.

 

Southern England, from Norfolk to the south coast, and parts of Yorkshire are vulnerable to sinkholes because the land is chalky. Other incidents include a 30ft deep hole in a driveway in High Wycombe, Bucks, which sucked in a family car.

And last night health experts warned of a rat invasion along the Thames. Dr Anne Kiltie, 49, of Oxford, said a foot-long rodent crawled out of the toilet bowl and built a nest in her sofa. Meanwhile in storm-ravaged Somerset, it was revealed the county council’s £160,000-a-year boss Sheila Wheeler has resigned from her post after being on sick leave for the duration of the floods.

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/366430/Rains-to-bring-on-a-second-wave-of-sinkholes

 

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Flooding And Erosion Damage Across The UK

 

Coastal beauty spots have suffered years worth of erosion in just a few weeks due to the winter storms that have repeatedly battered the UK. Cliffs have been left crumbling, beaches and sand dunes eroded, defences breached, and shorelines and harbours damaged by up to 80mph gales and tidal surges. The National Trust has warned with more extreme weather predicted, the rate of change on the coasts will speed up. Sky News presenter Jeremy Thompson is flying around some of the worst affected areas in Dorset and Hampshire, as well as the flood-hit parts of Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire and the Thames Valley that have been left saturated by more than six weeks of heavy rainfall.

 

Over the coast of Hampshire between Boscombe and Bournemouth, he saw evidence of a landslide. He said: "It's very fresh, 20m of the cliff-face has literally fallen away and there's a lot of activity round the base of it at the moment." Studland Bay has lost up to 10m of its beach this winter. Trees have been left strewn across the beach, footpaths have vanished and beach huts left teetering on the brink. Speaking to Sky News on the beach, Elli MacDonald from the National Trust said: "We've seen up to 10m of erosion just in the last two weeks. "We've had big chunks of chalk come off onto the beach, we've had a fairly significant landslide to the south of the bay, which we've had to cordon off, and some concrete steps are kind of floating in mid-air because of the erosion."

 

Nearby Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, recently voted Britain's favourite nature reserve, has also lost several metres of coast. Head ranger Reuben Hawkwood said: "Our shoreline has been ravaged by the high tides and record breaking winds. "We've lost several metres of coast in some areas, our cliffs are crumbling at an incredible rate and it has broken through some of our remaining sea wall below the castle which has required a very quick fix to prevent it threatening buildings. "The weather has destroyed some of our beach access, washing out steps and eroding cliffs which are frighteningly close to paths." The speed of erosion at Birling Gap on the East Sussex coast - which marks the start of the white chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters - has been "breathtaking", according to Jane Cecil, National Trust general manager for the South Downs.

 

We've had about seven years of erosion in just two months. As a result of this loss of coastline, we are having to act now and take down the sun lounge and ice cream parlour, safeguarding the integrity of the rest of the building. We have to think long-term," she said. In Longford, Gloucestershire, which has suffered from weeks of flooding, residents are concerned by plans for 570 new homes to be built on land that has been underwater for weeks. Phil Awford from Gloucestershire County Council told Sky News: "The misery we saw this morning at Sandhurst in particular, where people are sacrificing their homes saying they don't want to go back there, that's a terrible situation to be in - and it's very difficult to say to people, 'we're going to build these houses above you', when they know there are no offers potentially going to go in for their homes."

 

Other sites affected by the winter storms include Mullion Harbour in Cornwall, Rhossili on the Gower Peninsula,  important wildlife sites at Blakeney, Norfolk, and Orford Ness, Suffolk, Murlough national nature reserve in Northern Ireland and Formby, on the Sefton coast in Merseyside. The National Trust, which owns more than 740 miles of coastline around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, has called for more long-term planning to minimise the impact of the changing climate. "We're expecting more extremes, less predictability, more stormy events, combined with an underlying issue of rising sea levels," he said.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1215005/flooding-and-erosion-damage-across-the-uk

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FINALLY, some signs of spring! Flowers blossom and lambs are born as forecasters predict a bright start to the weekend

  •   Tomorrow: South could expect a similar sunny morning, but North and West will be cloudy with wind and rain
  •   Met Office: 'It is set to stay unsettled next week, with some rain. But it will not be as stormy as it has been.'
  •   Risk across central and rest of south England receding as river levels fall, including along the Thames and Severn
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Spring has sprung as much of the country enjoyed a warm and sunny day today after weeks of stormy weather. For those living in the south of England the sun was a welcome relief after severe flooding which saw hundreds of people forced to leave their homes over the last couple of months. Experts at the Met Office said the South could expect a similar sunny morning tomorrow, but the North and West would become increasingly cloudy with wind and rain. The rain is expected to push down into the south on Sunday afternoon and the unchangeable weather is due to continue into next week. 'Today has been a far better start to a day than the south has seen for a long while,' said Andy Yeatman, of the Met Office.

 

'The weather will be changeable over the weekend, but the worst of the wind and the rain will be in the North, which makes a change from the South. 'It is set to stay unsettled next week, with some rain. But it will not be as stormy as it has been when it rains and there will be longer sunnier spells in between. 'The weather is getting closer to what you would expect for this time of year, rather than what we have come to expect over the last few weeks.'

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2564871/FINALLY-signs-spring-Flowers-blossom-lambs-born-forecasters-predict-bright-start-weekend.html

Edited by Summer Sun

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Well that's got to be the biggest misquote from netweather ever that forecast. How do they get away with such rubbish I don't know.[/quote) though it's a misquote by the papers from netweather y i wander didn't respond with their own reply? It's about time some1 put those rags in their place.

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