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Perseids Meteor Shower To Shimmer In Clear Skies

 

Meteor watchers are in luck for tonight's Perseids shower, with clear skies predicted for much of the UK. Up to 60 shooting stars an hour should be visible between late Monday evening and early Tuesday morning. Sky News weather presenter Sarah Pennock said showers will fade during the night giving many people a chance to see the astronomical spectacle. "This is good news for observing the meteor shower," she said. "Particularly for those in eastern coastal counties who will have the lengthiest clear spells. "You might need a few layers or a blanket while you wait and watch, with much of rural Britain down to single figures overnight." However, people in Northern Ireland will have "little chance" to spot the meteors with cloud forecast to increase through the night.

 

http://news.sky.com/story/1127223/perseids-meteor-shower-to-shimmer-in-clear-skies

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Wrong thread oops

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Darkest day as Harry, king of the weather forecasters dies
 
Harry Kershaw, 86, from Sale, correctly predicted a series of extreme weather events including floods, huge snowfalls and freezing temperatures.
 
Tributes have been paid to an amateur weather forecaster who had an uncanny knack for predicting if it would rain or shine. Harry Kershaw, 86, from Sale, correctly predicted a series of extreme weather events including floods, huge snowfalls and freezing temperatures. The fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society died peacefully in May. He had been having treatment for a heart condition. A spokeswoman for the society said: “Harry joined us in 1976. He was a highly-respected member of the society.â€
 
Harry, who began his hobby as a merchant seaman, used a system developed by the German army during the Second World War known as ‘similarity forecasting’. He matched conditions with those of previous years and then predicted that the future weather would follow a similar pattern – often with great accuracy. Harry also backed up his research by taking daily temperature measurements at his home. Over the years he built up a large database of weather data.
 
In early 2007, his predictions of a miserable summer were at odds with official forecasts – but he was right. He also warned of wet weather in 2009 when the Met Office told the nation to prepare for a ‘barbecue summer’. Harry also correctly predicted the recent harsh winters that have hit Greater Manchester, including last winter – many months before the first snowflake fell.

 

 

 

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/darkest-day-harry-king-weather-5714273

 

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I'll cut and paste what I said in the memoriam thread here.

Sorry to hear Harry Kershaw has passed away but I have to be honest I didn't rate him much as a forecaster as can be said in threads I have posted on this site in the past about Harry Kershaw. It's strange how the media act as a megaphone for these type of weather forecasters and when they get it wrong, they still go back to them but never pan them. Yet the Met Office is panned constantly.

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One last blast of summer for Britain... but the rain will come first

 

BRITAIN is about to roast again as one last heatwave brings the summer to a glorious close.  The entire country will bask in another run of scorching sunshine with temperatures rocketing to 86F (30C) by next week. Forecasters said the heat and blue skies will hold out at least until the August 26 Bank Hol­iday, and possibly until the end of the month. They said a high-pressure system similar to the one which triggered last month’s heatwave is about to settle over Britain. Although the best of the temperatures are expected in the South, everywhere should enjoy prolonged fine weather from Monday just in time for families to make the most of the last days of the school holidays. Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said that summer is about to deliver a two-week “curtain callâ€.

 

He added: “It is looking a bit unsettled into the weekend but summer is about to return with the rest of August looking much warmer. “It is going to be drier and hotter, mainly in the South, although the fine conditions will spread across the country again. “Highs of 86F are likely. Although there will be some blips where it will turn more unsettled, we are looking at a long run of hot weather.† Forecasters said that before the good weather returns the weekend will start with wind and rain on the way for most on Saturday. Met Office spokeswoman Lindsay Mears said: “Things are going to improve on Sunday when it is going to turn warmer. “Temperatures will be slightly above average for the time of year. There will be a bit of a North-South split, but drier in the North.†She added: “Next week it is going to get warmer and stay more settled.â€

 

 

Netweather said while “not promising†a heatwave, Britain is about to warm up with good weather likely to last until the Bank Holiday.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/422173/One-last-blast-of-summer-for-Britain-but-the-rain-will-come-first

 

Climate change will lock the world into frequent and severe heatwaves over the next 30 years, experts warn


Climate change will lock the world into more frequent and severe heatwaves in the next few decades, researchers have claimed. They say there will be a 'several-fold' increase in heatwaves up to 2040, regardless of how much carbon dioxide goes into the atmosphere, but future efforts to slash pollution could stem the rise in extreme heat events later on in the century. The last decade has seen an exceptional number of extreme heatwaves around the world, hitting the U.S. in 2012, Russia in 2010, Australia in 2009, and Europe in 2003 with damaging impacts on health, the economy, agriculture and wildlife.


The soaring monthly and seasonal temperatures associated with heat waves can now largely be attributed to global warming of around 0.5C over the past 50 years, according to a study published in the Institute of Physics' journal Environmental Letters. Extreme summer heat waves in which monthly temperatures soar well above norms now cover around five per cent of the world's land, mostly in the Tropics, but also over western Europe and the Mediterranean, the researchers said.

 

 

 

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UK weather: Bank Holiday weekend set to be a SCORCHER
 
Glorious sunshine is predicted next week followed by “very warm†temperatures as high as 30C by Saturday
 
The Bank Holiday weekend is set to be a scorcher as the summer heatwave makes a comeback, forecasters say. Glorious sunshine is predicted by the middle of next week followed by “very warm†temperatures as high as 30C (86F) by Saturday. Tourism bosses are looking forward to a surge in bookings. VisitEngland’s Sarah Long said: “A heatwave for the Bank Holiday weekend and the end to school summer holidays is a great boost.
 
“July’s heatwave saw an increase in late bookings and we now epect another spike in last-minute bookings for the Bank Holiday.†The Met Office forecast showers today. The mercury will rise to about 25C by the weekend. It will be wet in the north of England. Forecaster Laura Young said: “An unsettled few days are ahead but more settled weather is expected in the middle of next week with southern and eastern areas showing signs of becoming warmer. "Later in the period, from August 18 to 27, temperatures should become warm and locally very warm.†She added the heat could last to September 11 in some regions.
 
The Weather Outlook said data showed 30C Bank Holiday weekend highs in the South, with a “growing chance†of the 10-day warm spell developing into a heatwave. Brian Gaze, of the online forecaster, said: “High pressure will build strongly and a spell of fine, warm weather is very likely for the last third of August, with a growing chance of a heatwave.â€

 

 
 
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And they forgot to mention that now the Earth is going through a natural cycle of cooling, we can expect many years of bitter cold winters....That will cripple us and many other countriesPosted Image Posted Image Posted Image

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Whatever suits eh? :winky: 

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And they forgot to mention that now the Earth is going through a natural cycle of cooling, we can expect many years of bitter cold winters....That will cripple us and many other countriesPosted Image Posted Image Posted Image

 

Maybe it is but it hasn't stopped us getting our longest heatwave for some 7 years

 

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Retail sales in the UK jumped by 1.1% in July from the previous month, boosted by hot weather and adding to hopes of a sustained economic recovery.
 
The rise, reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), was significantly larger than expected. It means sales are up 3% compared with last year - the fastest annual rise since January 2011. The retail industry is seen as an indicator of the wider economy and the strength of consumer spending. The ONS figures are based on a survey of 5,000 retailers around the UK.
 
Economists said rising sales were a sign of improved sentiment among consumers. "July's retail sales numbers were decent once again," said Philip Shaw, chief economist at Investec. "Part of the reason seems to be the hot weather in July, but nonetheless the trend has been clearly one of an upward climb in sales for quite some time now, so it bodes well for household consumption during the third quarter, and indeed recovery prospects in the economy more generally."

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23708928

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Whatever lies behind our 'pattern shift' that wriggled the jet into europe ( and across the U.S.) this year we can also  see the first signs of one of the major 'cold drivers' giving way as we see ocean temps from the PDO 'cold horseshoe' dwindling and going to the first positive values on the index in years so what will the future hold?

 

We were told to expect a 'slowdown' in the rate of temp increase ( in the early noughties) due to a conflagration of 'cool drivers' followed by a return to temp increases in excess of those we saw in the 80's and 90's from the mid teens.

 

Id this report another confirmation that the 'cool drivers' are now coming to an end? Is the energy that has been going into the deep ocean about to be allowed to manifest as air temps instead as PDO flips positive and Nino's increase again?

 

I have concerns about the methane spikes we see ( never mind man's CO2 concentrastions) as the Arctic melts and also that the 'cleaning up' of indo -chinas coal burning )leading to a drop out of particulates and sulphates  currently actively cooling the earth ) will enhance any return to a climate predominantly driven by warm drivers?

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i wandered how long would it be for the media to shove down the gw bullsuper duper down our throtes. Sorry mods but it's 1 subject gets my goat.

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i wandered how long would it be for the media to shove down the gw bullshit down our throtes. Sorry mods but it's 1 subject gets my goat.

Me too...it's the same darned media that, only a month back, was saying the next ten summers were going to be washouts...But, it is entirely the media's fault. They can't blame anyone else - they twisted what's been said.

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So that's endless washouts to endless heatwaves in just a couple of months. Got to love the media.

I will write my on paper stating the extreme weather is down to mother nature being annoyed with the daily mail and is trying to wipe the newspaper off the face of the Earth, currently without success. 

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Magical Murray, a royal baby and a heatwave give Britain's economy a long-awaited boost

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/422423/Magical-Murray-a-royal-baby-and-a-heatwave-give-Britain-s-economy-a-long-awaited-boost

 

Forget Spain! Mega heatwaves will become the norm for UK over the next decade, say experts

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/422239/Forget-Spain-Mega-heatwaves-will-become-the-norm-for-UK-over-the-next-decade-say-experts

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Comic media... where did real journalism go?

 

Couple weeks back, Daily Express ran with the headline that another heatwave was incoming

 

Even the Met Office felt obliged to run their own article to say "no heatwave"

 

I don't know where the media get their info from, but it's not cricket to mislead people

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BBC Weather for the week ahead with Philip Avery

 

Quiet start

 

Some rain midweek

 

Warming up - Temperatures close to 30c in Jersey by Friday high 20's in parts of southern England

 

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Farmers hopeful for harvest as weather smiles on region
 
Arable farmers are forging ahead with this year's main grain harvest despite delays caused by extreme weather conditions and late sowing.
 
They are hoping for fine weather for the coming fortnight as farmers across the South West set about the 2013 harvest.
 
Growers are keeping their fingers crossed that combine harvesters will not have to dodge heavy squalls of rain over the next two weeks. After last year's disastrous weather, which brought the harvest near to collapse, they are pleased with results so far – a conventional, if tardy, showing, which will not end up with a record, or even a "bumper" crop. But yields and crop weights have been good, and there is plenty of quality straw available following the dry, hot conditions. Even an average harvest will mean far greater availability of livestock feeds, with the knock-on effect of lower prices for producers.
 
The torrential rain that heralded the end of the heat wave took a toll, though, with more exposed hillside crops taking a bashing. Depending on location, the harvest is now between 10 days and a fortnight later than usual. Duncan Lyon, the grain-store manager at the Devon Grain depot at Cullompton, in mid-Devon, described the situation so far as: "Not a bad harvest at all." The atrocious winter saw some very late plantings, but two-thirds of the barley crop expected at Cullompton has already come in, good yields for winter-sown, and "not bad" for spring-sown – and all a "huge improvement on last year". Bushel-weight (the capacity measure) was very good at 67 hectolitres, and moisture levels averaged 16%, needing only minimal use of the drier, which pushes up costs.
 
The oilseed rape harvest is halfway through, "surprisingly dry", but wheat was at least 10 days late and had only just started coming in, said Mr Lyon. Wheat bushel-weight was 74.4 hectolitres, which was 10.5 better than last year, and moisture at 17%. "That indicates farmers are harvesting early, which in the light of what happened last year, is sensible," he explained. "Drying crops just a couple of points on moisture, rather than seeing huge deterioration in quality because the weather has turned, makes a lot of sense."
 
Oats, too, are very late, though yields have been up to the five-year average. "Slow, wet and late" was the way farmer Michael Pearson described the 2013 harvest of 500 acres at Kingston in the South Hams. "But we're expecting a big harvest in the next fortnight, so we hope the weather will hold," he said. "The crops are generally looking pretty fair – so we shall just have to wait and see."

 

 

 

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Weather online's monthly forecast

 

Valid from 18/08 to 17/09 2013
Mixed weather

Issued: Sunday 18th August 2013
Duty forecaster: Simon Keeling & Captain Bob

Mixed conditions, some warm spells, but unsettled a times too

Pressure will be high through the end of August although it may turn a little more unsettled for several days towards the end of this week. Fine again right at the end of the month and early September. Things will become more unsettled for a time into the second week of the month, but then pressure builds again bringing dry, warm and sunny weather before unsettled weather returns at the end of the forecast period.


*......24/8/13*

High pressure is likely to be dominating the weather through this week. This will be bringing lots of dry weather with good spells of sunshine. There could be a fair amount of cloud around through Scotland and Ireland in the middle of the week, together with a few showers here and there. Temperatures are likely to be rising too, becoming warm or very warm in more southern areas.

*25/8/13 to 1/9/13*

High pressure is expected to stay dominant through this period. It is expected to be north of the UK and this is going to allow winds to come in from the east or southeast. Conditions will be largely dry with the best of the sunshine in more western areas especially western Scotland and northwest England. Low cloud affecting eastern coasts from time to time. The risk of some showers across southern Ireland, southwest England southern Wales, this perhaps thundery at times. Temperatures warm for all.


*2/9/13......8/9/13*

Pressure probably stays fairly high for the start of the week with dry weather in control in the north and east. Rain could affect southern Ireland, Wales and southern England. The rain and more unsettled conditions probably extending northwards through the early part of the week. Temperatures then falling as the flow turns westerly. Fronts are likely to be passing east taking some outbreaks of rain with them, most of it light, although some moderate bursts in the west at times. Pressure may build again later with drier weather returning.

*9/9/13......15/9/13*

Indications are that pressure builds again through this week. This brings fine conditions with good spells of sunshine. It is likely to become warm or very warm for many with dry conditions for most. Little change is expected as the week progresses.

*16/9/13......22/9/13*

Hints of pressure staying high during the first part of the week. This brings more dry and fairly warm conditions. However, low pressure probably takes control for the second half of the week bringing cloudier, windier and wetter weather. Temperatures falling too.

Simon & Capn Bob

 

http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-app/reports?LANG=en&MENU=205&FILE=tma&DAY=20130818

 

 

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Which will, no doubt, somehow mean higher prices for the likes of you and me? I not cynical, honest!

 

Any way you look at it, grain, fresh fruit and veg prices aren't coming down!

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Here we go, the Daily Express's favourite forecasters are on the case for the BH weekend:

 

 

Temperatures are expected to hit 88F (31C) with fine and settled conditions set to last into the Bank Holiday weekend.
 
Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said the hot weather could even continue into September. Although the highest temperatures will be in the South, most of the country will enjoy another burst of glorious summer sunshine as a high-pressure system, similar to the one that triggered July’s heatwave, settles over the UK. “Next week will see the hot weather start to build again, hitting 88F at times,†said Mr ­Powell. “The best of the weather will be in the South but at times all of the country will enjoy the hot, dry conditions as high pressure dominates. “This is likely to last at least into the Bank Holiday next weekend but there are signs it could extend right up until the start of September.â€
 
James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather, said next week would see a “return to summerâ€, though some parts of the UK would be very humid. “The summer-like conditions are likely to become more widespread, especially towards the latter part of next week, when it will feel very warm with above-average temperatures for most parts of the country. “We are also likely to see a continuation of warmer than average conditions as we head into the start of September.†Next week’s glorious weather will follow an unsettled weekend, however, with wind and rain forecast for many areas.
 
Britain, heatwave, temperatures, 88F, 31CPeople are being reminded that high temperatures can be dangerous
 
The Met Office said today will see the worst of the weather, especially in the North-west, before things perk up tomorrow. Spokesman Lindsay Mears said: “Saturday is not going to be nice for many and it is going to be quite wet and windy. But it is going to turn more settled next week, though feeling more warm and humid than the dry heat we saw a few weeks ago.†It will be the second time this year that we have enjoyed an extended run of exceptionally hot weather.
 
Last month saw the country bake in the longest heatwave since 1976 with temperatures hitting 82F or above for 19 days. More than 30 people died trying to cool off in rivers, reservoirs and lakes. The extreme weather is also thought to have led to hundreds of heat-related deaths among the elderly and vulnerable. Michelle Mitchell, of Age UK, said last night: “If uncomfortably hot weather arrives, we advise older people to take sensible precautions, particularly if they have breathing problems or a heart condition.†Dr Angie Bone, of Public Health England, warned: “High temperatures can be dangerous.â€

 

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/422687/88F-heatwave-to-blast-back-and-last-until-September

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Hold on a minute, here's a different view:

 

 

Britain is poised for a summery week as large parts of the country bask in sunshine.
 
After several days of rain and falling temperatures, forecasters said large parts of the country could expect highs of up to 27C (80.6F) and dry weather. Those in London, the south-east, East Anglia and the Midlands are most likely to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine. But prospects for the bank holiday weekend are looking bleaker, with temperatures dropping and showers possibly threatening street celebrations such as the Notting Hill carnival.
 
Chris Burton, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "It is definitely going to be warm and sunny, with temperatures pushing into the mid-20s throughout much of this week. Wednesday and Thursday are looking like the warmest days as the weather gets warmer, sunnier and drier than it has been. "There will be rain across Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North West and Wales tomorrow and Wednesday, but after that we are expecting temperatures in those areas to reach highs of 21-22C.
 
"Next weekend things are looking uncertain and a bit unsettled for the bank holiday, with a higher risk of rain across most areas, and it will be a bit cooler." Temperatures as high as 33.7C (92.6F) were recorded at Heathrow airport, west London, on 1 August, surpassing a previous seven-year high of 33.5C (92.3F) on 22 July.
 
Bookies have offered odds of 8-1 that August's hottest temperature would surpass our hottest ever August, in 2003, when temperatures reached 38.5C (101.3F), but so far that record remains intact.

 

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/19/uk-weather-bank-holiday-notting-hill

 

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