Strom Jonas causes standstill

Posted on: January 26, 2016

Millions have been affected by a historic storm that saw near-record-breaking snowfall across the eastern US. Storm Jonas, dubbed ‘Snowzilla’, hit a number of states over 36 hours on Friday and Saturday, affecting some 85 million people.

New York City saw its second-highest snowfall since records began, with an astonishing 26.8 inches falling in Central Park. Filmmaker Casey Neistat took advantage of the rare weather by snowboarding through the streets while towed by a Jeep – even after city officials announced a total ban on driving would come into effect on Saturday at 2.30pm.

Meanwhile, at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC, giant panda Tian Tian enjoyed playing in the 22.4 inches of snow that brought the capital to a standstill.


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Snow hits London

Posted on: January 20, 2016

Temperatures plummeted this weekend – and forecasters are warning that more cold weather is still to come.

After an unseasonably warm and wet December, the Met Office warned a ‘big chill’ was on its way after snowfall hit northern England and Scotland last weekend. After a cold week, snow fell across a hundred-mile corridor of the UK on Sunday, ranging from heavy snowfall across the Pennines to a light dusting in Manchester. The snow even reached as far south as London, giving the capital its first dusting of the winter.

The severity of this weather has become all too apparent, as the extreme conditions claimed the lives of three people over the weekend: two men fell to their deaths while climbing in Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands, and Caitlin Ruddy, 15, was swept out to sea while playing with friends on a pier near Newcastle.

The RNLI have warned the public of the dangers of the sea in these

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Big chill on the way

Posted on: January 13, 2016

Heavy snowfall in the north of England and Scotland over the weekend signalled the end of the mild December weather, the Met Office has warned.

Nearly two centimetres of snow fell in southern Scotland on Saturday night. The snow also reached parts of Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cumbria as temperatures begin to return to the average for January.

Britain is preparing for a cold snap over the coming week, with snow expected in northern England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and ‘the odd flurry’ in London and the South East. Daytime temperatures aren’t likely to rise above 5°C. The Met Office has warned motorists of the risk of ice on roads.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mel Harrowsmith, head of civil contingencies at the Met Office, said: 

“For many, the weather during the coming week is likely to be the first experience of winter, with either frost, wintry showers or even snow affecting many areas of the UK.”

The cold snap is a ch

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Warm, wet winters for future years?

Posted on: January 5, 2016

For many Brits, this Christmas hasn’t been white – it’s been wet. On Christmas Day the army was deployed across Cumbria, which had already been hit hard by Storm Desmond earlier in December, to build up flood defences. The Environment Agency issued over 110 flood alerts and warnings ahead of Storm Eva, which reached northern England and Wales on Christmas night, and Scotland by Boxing Day.

It’s been the wettest December since records began for Scotland and Wales – the second wettest for the UK overall. Rainfall records were broken. Furthermore, the UK’s average temperature in December hit a record-breaking 8°C, double the long-term average. 

So, why has it been so warm and wet? Climate change and El Niño are the prime suspects, but scientists are reluctant to blame them entirely. A study submitted to a peer-review journal suggested climate change in

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