Ex-Hurricane Ophelia caused three deaths in the Irish Republic and thousands of homes were without power. It's the worst storm in 60 years which makes the Red Warnings by Met Eireann beforehand warranted. Hurricane Ophelia: Schools closed and thousands without power The evolution of the storm can be seen here on this NOAA NWS Air … Continue reading Red Sky at Noon, Hurricane Ophelia and the Memory Hole
Whilst I agree the north south wind patterns of meridional flow will increase going forward as our sun quiets, Saharan dust is not that uncommon and is often brought towards our isles by a low near Spain. What was unusual yesterday were the skies which were a combination of the dust and the smoke from … Continue reading Watch “Sandstorm Blocks Sun in UK, 50% Orange Crop Losses & Rice Flooded (471)” on YouTube
By Paul Homewood
h/t Dave Ward
From the NY Times
KASUKABE, Japan — The cavernous underground cisterns here north of Tokyo could hold the Statue of Liberty, a scale that underscores the site’s immense task: protecting the world’s most populous metropolis from flooding.
Linked by tunnels that divert water away from the region’s most vulnerable floodplains, the $2 billion underground anti-flood system, completed in 2006, is an extraordinary example of the defenses that global cities are readying as they face an era of extreme weather brought on by climate change.
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Of all the seas bordering the Arctic Ocean, the Laptev Sea is the most extreme, when it comes to the yearly ecological whiplash the arctic subjects its species and geology to. The water goes from nearly fresh to salty and the water temperatures swing from freezing to 60° F (16° C) near the shore. The tundra bordering it goes from sunbaked heat in the summer to one of the coldest places in the northern hemisphere in the winter.
Arctic rivers vary greatly in their flow, at a trickle in the frozen depths of winter and in a roaring flood during the height of the summer melt, and the Lena River is the tenth largest river in the world, though perhaps it is difficult to measure a river’s size when it freezes to the bottom in places, in February. The river rises sixty feet during its flood stage. Maximum discharge has exceeded…
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