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The big freeze is back: Forecasters warn of 8in of snow by tomorrow morning
Tuesday, December 7th 2010, 5:39 PM GMT
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Britain is set for another chilling wallop of weather as forecasters warned that the snow which has plunged Scotland into chaos will move south by tomorrow morning.

A deluge of snow which saw up to 16in fall in a matter of hours north of the border stranded thousands of motorists overnight and left schoolchildren stuck in their classrooms.

The Met office warned today that the freezing weather front would cross the border and hit Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire in the early hours of Wednesday to create carnage in rush hour.

As temperatures plummeted to -16c (3f) they issued fresh weather alerts for the east coast amid fears that a further 8in could settle on drifts left behind by last week’s unprecedented snowfall.

Forecaster Helen Chivers said: 'The snow is making its way south from Scotland and will start to hit the east coast during the early hours and throughout the morning rush hour.

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La Nina Event Strengthens, Australian Forecaster Says
Wednesday, October 13th 2010, 11:01 AM GMT
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A La Nina event, which has brought wet weather to Australia and Indonesia and drought to Brazil, has strengthened, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures had continued to cool and trade winds were stronger than normal, the Melbourne-based bureau said on its website today. The event, characterized by colder-than-usual sea-surface temperatures, will persist into at least early 2011, the bureau said.

Record rain is slowing sugar-cane harvesting in Australia, the third-largest exporter, and raised concerns that it may reduce wheat quality, even after bringing the best seasonal conditions to some areas in more than a decade. Wet weather in Indonesia, associated with the La Nina, has disrupted rubber tapping and curbed tin output, according to producers.

"We have an event which is well established and expected to continue," Robyn Duell senior climatologist at the Bureau of Meteorology said today by phone. "The odds are in favor of a wetter-than-normal coming three months for much of northern and eastern Australia."

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Hot it was not... farewell to coldest August for 17 years by Ryan Kisiel
Wednesday, September 1st 2010, 2:51 PM GMT
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It should have been the height of summer, but was notable only for its low temperatures.

The UK has just endured its coldest August for 17 years, which was marked, say forecasters, by a complete absence of 'hot days'.

The month also saw the lowest single-day August temperature for 23 years, with it falling to 55f (12.8c) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last Thursday.

And several 'notably' cold nights were recorded last week

An exceptionally cloudy period in the South East of England put something of a dampener on the holiday period as heavy rain fell across large swathes of the country

The prolonged poor weather has been blamed on a band of low pressure being pushed across the country by the jet stream - the fast-flowing air currents in the upper atmosphere that move weather systems across the northern hemisphere - which was further north during the extended sunny spells of June and July.

It meant that by the end of August there had not been a single day when the mercury rose above 81f ( 27c), forecasters said.
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India: Met predicts further dip in temperature
Monday, December 27th 2010, 7:24 AM GMT
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JAIPUR: While North India was in the grip of a cold-wave, the weather in Rajasthan remained more or less unchanged. While the maximum temperature in the state capital recorded a drop of one degrees celsius, the minimum temperature rose by a degree. The eastern part of the state, however, did feel the chill and districts like Bharatpur and Dholpur woke up to a dense cover of fog. Most places across the state recorded a dip in the maximum temperature.

On Sunday, the lowest temperature was recorded to be minus 1.2 degrees Celsius in Mt Abu. Churu recorded a drop of more than 4 degrees in minimum temperature. On Saturday, it was 6.6 degrees Celsius while on Sunday it was recorded to be 2.3 degrees. Pilani, where the minimum was 4.2 degrees Celsius, the maximum was 17.9 degrees Celsius. In Jaipur, the maximum temperature was recorded to be a tolerable 21.5 degrees Celsius against 22.7 recorded on Saturday. The minimum temperature recorded is 8.7 degrees Celsius, which is one degree higher than previous day.

The MET office predicts further dip in the temperature during the next 24 hours.

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KGW meteorologist Matt Zaffino answers questions about La Niña by Laurie Robinson
Sunday, November 21st 2010, 2:51 PM GMT
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You know you love her.

She has that exotic equatorial heritage. She comes out of the sea bearing you a series of gifts that she promises to deliver over and over all winter, the kind of gifts you crave. You want to introduce your family to her with open arms at Thanksgiving.

But how well do you skiers and snowboarders really know this mysterious La Niña, the weather pattern born in colder-than-usual waters in the central and eastern Pacific?

She's the sister with the opposite personality of El Niño. He brings us warmer, drier winters. She's the mercurial one that can deliver those monster snowpacks in the Northwest, or Pineapple Express floods in the valleys.

We picked the brain of Matt Zaffino, KGW meteorologist and avid telemark skier, for insights to the La Niña that is supposed to hang with us this winter, toying with the usual jet-stream patterns.

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Weather Channel: D.C. had worst summer in U.S.
Thursday, September 23rd 2010, 11:16 PM GMT
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Of all this country's great cities, Washington, D.C. suffered through the worst weather conditions this summer according to The Weather Channel (TWC). Our Nation's Capital beat out Little Rock, AR (2), Des Moines, IA (3), Brownsville, TX (4), and Los Angeles, CA (5) for this unenviable distinction.

"It was really a combination of several factors that pushed DC to the #1 ranking," wrote Dr. Greg Forbes, TWC's severe weather expert and meteorologist Jon Erdman, in an email to the Capital Weather Gang (CWG). TWC highlighted our region's record heat, three rounds of severe thunderstorms, and developing drought as rationale for D.C.'s top ranking.

D.C.'s combination of extreme weather bested (or more appropriately "worsted") 110 90+ days in Little Rock, 30" of rain and flooding in Des Moines, a tropical depression, tropical storm and hurricane in Brownsville, and persistently gray conditions in normally sunny Los Angeles. TWC's Forbes and Erdman attributed our region's heat to "persistent high pressure aloft from the mid-Atlantic States to the South" and noted "the intense heat and humidity increased the severity of the thunderstorms."

Will D.C.'s extreme weather continue into winter? TWC's Forbes and Erdman don't think so. They told us: "Unlike last winter's El Nino, this winter will feature La Nina, which, overall, tends to result in a warmer-than-average winter with near-average precipitation. La Nina winter snowfall in the mid-Atlantic states can be reduced by up to 50% vs. the 'typical' El Nino or 'neutral' conditions (not El Nino or La Nina)."

Of course, we'll issue our own winter outlook in late October or early November. So stay tuned for that.

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From the lab to the field: How does climate science play out in reality?
Tuesday, September 14th 2010, 8:06 PM GMT
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Tonight we are in Lima, Peru's coastal capital city. It's freezing, with a bitter wind coming off the Pacific, but it's going to get worse. Tomorrow we go to Cusco at 3,400m to acclimatise and from there we're heading up into the really high Andean communities of Cuatro Lagunas and the remote valleys of Espinar at over 4,000m.


Peru is going through its coldest winter in 50 years and hundreds of people and thousands of animals have already died of hypothermia as temperatures have fallen to record -23C lows in the mountain villages. But while this year's cold has been put down to a periodic La Niña phenomenom, scientists here are convinced the bigger picture in the Andes is of progressive climate change.

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Heavy snow across the world by PlanetSKI
Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 7:26 PM GMT
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New Zealand, Canada and The Alps have seen some decent snowfalls this week. It has been a pretty amazing time for some resorts around the world. See the latest conditions in the PlanetSKI weekly overview.

New Zealand has been hit by extreme weather and though it has led to big problems for many people the ski resorts have had more snow. bHowever many have had to remain closed due to high winds. One of our readers/reporters in New Zealand, Amanda Pirie, sent us this short message which sort of sums it up; “It is extreme weather here, no photos to send because it is all just fog!”

The weather has badly affected farmers and tens of thousands of people have been without electricity as power lines have been brought down. “The spring storm of 2010 is frankly the worst in a generation. The last big dump of snow we had was 14 years ago in the winter of 1996, while the last time we had anything this severe was 38 years ago,” said one farmer in New Zealand. Animals have died, the transport system has been hit and many people are suffering.Source
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Global Cooling and the New World Order by James Delingpole
Sunday, September 26th 2010, 5:52 PM GMT
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Bilderberg. Whether you believe it’s part of a sinister conspiracy which will lead inexorably to one world government or whether you think it’s just an innocent high-level talking shop, there’s one thing that can’t be denied: it knows which way the wind is blowing. (Hat tips: Will/NoIdea/Ozboy)

At its June meeting in Sitges, Spain (unreported and held in camera, as is Bilderberg’s way), some of the world’s most powerful CEOs rubbed shoulders with notable academics and leading politicians. They included: the chairman of Fiat, the Irish Attorney General Paul Gallagher, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Dick Perle, the Queen of the Netherlands, the editor of the Economist…. Definitely not Z-list, in other words.

Which is what makes one particular item on the group’s discussion agenda so tremendously significant. See if you can spot the one I mean

The 58th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Sitges, Spain 3 – 6 June 2010. The Conference will deal mainly with Financial Reform, Security, Cyber Technology, Energy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Food Problem, Global Cooling, Social Networking, Medical Science, EU-US relations.
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Skiers, rejoice by Katherine Wutz
Wednesday, September 22nd 2010, 10:59 AM GMT
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La Niña could mean above-average snowfall this season.

Though La Niña pushed Wood River Valley residents to the verge of Vitamin D deficiency during a cold, wet spring, this same weather system could be a boon to skiers this upcoming winter.

"There's a better-than-average chance that snowfall will be greater than last year," said Chris Hattings, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service station in Pocatello.

La Niña—Spanish for "the girl"—is a weather system that brings varied but fairly predictable effects across the county. It is associated with cooler Pacific Ocean temperatures and stronger easterly trade winds.

Hattings said the system began in June or July of this year. The above-average precipitation will likely continue as La Niña strengthens and develops, he said.

"We do expect La Niña to last though the winter," Hattings said.

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