End Of April Great Ice Cover Obliterates All Previous Records

Real Science

End of April Great Lakes ice cover has broken the previous record by 300%, and is 10,000% of normal.


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It is 97% certain that NOAA will still try to claim that other years have been colder in the region – in defiance of physical law and common sense.

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May Bank Holiday – Fine and dry for most

Official blog of the Met Office news team

Despite some reports, Met Office forecasters are expecting pleasant weather for many over the Bank Holiday weekend, with a good deal of dry weather, rising daytime temperatures and some spells of strong sunshine at times.

Although air of polar origin moving southwards will cause much colder nights on Thursday and Friday this week, bringing air frost to some northern parts, daytime temperatures are set to recover quickly and most parts of the UK will begin to feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine this weekend.

After a chilly start on both Saturday and Sunday, many places will see dry conditions with clear and sunny periods. The best of the sunshine will be in southern and eastern areas. Some northern and western parts may be cloudier with outbreaks of rain and drizzle. However, where conditions are brighter on Sunday and Monday temperatures should be above average making it feel pleasantly warm.

Although it…

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Holographic Turbulence


Turbulent black holes grow fractal skins as they feed

Left: The boundary vorticity ω at 3 times. Right: the horizon area element γ at the same 3 times. Left: The boundary vorticity ω at 3 times. Right: the horizon area element sqrt(γ) at the same 3 times.

by Lisa Grossman – newscientist

Feeding black holes develop a fractal skin as they grow. That’s the conclusion of simulations that take advantage of a correlation between fluid dynamics and gravity.

“We showed that when you throw stuff into a black hole, the surface of the black hole responds like a fluid – and in particular, it can become turbulent,” says Allan Adams at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “More precisely, the horizon itself becomes a fractal.”

Fractals are mathematical sets that show self-similar patterns: zoom in on one part of a fractal drawing, like the famous Mandelbrot set, and the smaller portion will look nearly the same as the original image. Objects with fractal geometries show up all over nature, from…

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Met Office in last minute warning

I checked the forecast this morning and knew rain was due but not this much!

Seeing how heavy the rain was it was obvious there was a risk of flash flooding.


As can be seen there are several areas of very heavy precipitation scattered around the South East, some in excess of 50mm p/hr.


Key to intensity

There was no Met Office warning either last night (BBC forecast) or earlier this morning. A quick look at their site showed a yellow warning in force although not clear on detail as the text was missing (the mobile site had clearly not updated).


The desktop site did however have the information.


Yep. The warning was issued SEVEN minutes before it came into effect.

Gone with the wind: England’s most important coastline

Watts Up With That?

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley

I shall not cease from mental fight,

Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,

Till we have built Jerusalem

In England’s green and pleasant land.

Thus William Blake, in the coda of the mystical poem that the nation belts out at full if not always tuneful volume on the Last Night of the Proms at the Albert Hall every summer.

England’s g. and p. l. is not what it was when Blake wrote about it. The place is being expensively carpeted with ugly, medieval, lo-tech wind farms.

The governing class still likes windmills. It is making a fortune out of them, at everyone else’s expense. 

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Extreme Weather In Texas – 1920’s Style


By Paul Homewood

More from the Texas Almanac:

April 13, 1921: Tornado. Melissa, Collin County, and Petty, Lamar County. Melissa was practically destroyed; 12 killed, 80 injured; damage $500,000.

April 15, 1921: Tornado. Wood, Cass and Bowie counties; 10 killed, 50 injured; damage $85,000.

Sept. 8–10, 1921: Rainstorm. Probably the greatest rainstorm in Texas history, it entered Mexico as a hurricane from the Gulf. Torrential rains fell as the storm moved northeasterly across Texas. Record floods occurred in Bexar, Travis, Williamson, Bell and Milam counties, killing 215 persons, with property losses over $19 million. Five to nine feet of water stood in downtown San Antonio. A total of 23.98 inches was measured at the U.S. Weather Bureau station at Taylor during a period of 35 hours, with a 24-hour maximum of 23.11 on September 9-10. The greatest rainfall recorded in United States history during 18…

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Watching the U.S. Tornado Outbreak from Space

Watts Up With That?

NASA has just released an animation of visible and infrared satellite data from NOAA’s GOES-East satellite that shows the development and movement of the weather system that spawned tornadoes affecting seven central and southern U.S. states on April 27-28, 2014. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured infrared data on the system that revealed powerful storms, high into the troposphere.

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