Met Office: UHI and Hottest day at Heathrow [2013]

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The dear Met Office have been pushing over the past few days about HOTTEST EVER THIS YEAR. Face it Met Office, enjoying life does not involve screaming or fear unless you are a kid.

Current 2013 UK maximum temperature confirmed

The current 2013 UK maximum temperature was recorded on Saturday 13 July, with 31.4 C at Heathrow. Wales also saw its highest 2013 temperature with 30.2 C at Llysdinam. The previous maximum of 29.9 C from Monday 8 July, at Edenfel, remains the current highest for Northern Ireland. Scotland saw its highest 2013 temperature on Tuesday 9 July, with 28.7 C at Strathallen Airfield. Issued at 2319 on Sat 13 Jul 2013.

Heathrow like most temperature breakers is a defective site. How about fixing it?

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A short anthology of changing climate

Watts Up With That?

Guest post by Tony Brown

Context is everything, and nowhere more so than in climate history, where a graphic such as this seems to illustrate an alarming uptick in temperatures that has been blamed on modern man and his profligate burning of CO2;

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Table 1 http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/graphs/

But take one step back;

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Table 2 http://www.berkeleyearth.org/analysis.php

And the recent analysis from BEST seems to illustrate a tantalizing suggestion that the warming observed by GISS to 1880 was merely part of a longer term trend.

Take several even longer steps backwards, through the medium of Central England temperature (CET) the oldest and most examined instrumental data set in the world- maintained by the UK’s Met office- and this puts GISS into further historic context, in that the temperature rise extends-with numerous advances and reverses- all the way to 1659.

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Deserts ‘greening’ from rising CO2

Watts Up With That?

From CSIRO and “increased CO2 has benefits” department:

 Increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have helped boost green foliage across the world’s arid regions over the past 30 years through a process called CO2 fertilisation, according to CSIRO research.

In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue.

“In Australia, our native vegetation is superbly adapted to surviving in arid environments and it consequently uses water very efficiently,” Dr Donohue said. “Australian vegetation seems quite sensitive to CO2 fertilisation. 

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Can Slingo Get Anything Right?

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

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http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/did-i-misquote-julia/

 

Only three months ago, Julia Slingo was trying to blame Britain’s cold weather on global warming. Evidently she thought that a few missing ice cubes in the Arctic had caused the jet stream to move south. (Even though she herself had just written a report stating that meteorological conditions were almost identical to 1962, when it was equally cold, but also when Arctic ice was growing).

 

She even talked about convening an emergency meeting of top scientists to try to prove a connection with the Arctic.

 

It appears that the jet stream has now gone back up north and as a result Britain is enjoying a nice little heatwave.

Perhaps this is also because of melting Arctic ice?

 

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In other news, the Met Office accounts for 2012/13 confirm that a £30K bonus was paid to a J Slingo.  [Surely…

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Satellite Images: A Closer Look at Flood Damage in India

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A Closer Look at Flood Damage in India

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A Closer Look at Flood Damage in India
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Exceptional, early monsoon rains in northern India and Nepal combined with melting snow to bring horrific flooding and landslides to the region in mid-June 2013. According to national and international relief agencies, more than 1,050 people died, thousands more went missing, and hundreds of thousands had their lives disrupted (mostly through the damage or loss of their homes). Indian government officials reported that 744 villages and hamlets had lost some or all of their connectivity—roads, water, or electric power—to the rest of the country.

Three weeks after the disaster, people were trying to pick up the pieces of their lives, and scientists and government officials were trying to piece together what happened. Instruments such as cameras on the International Space Station (ISS) and an imager on the Landsat…

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Met Office Forecast Cold July!

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

 

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While we’re all getting the barbies out, reader Charles Duncan reminds me that just a week ago the Met were predicting below average temperatures for July.

 

 

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http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/media/pdf/8/d/A3-plots-temp-JAS.pdf

 

I don’t want to put the mockers on things, but the latest forecasts suggest that the heatwave will continue for a week or two yet.

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South Flood Threat to Continue Beyond Fourth of July

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By Anthony Sagliani

A plume of moisture surging northward from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea will bring widespread tropical downpours to a large part of the Southeast through the holiday weekend.

Some cities that have the highest potential for flooding on multiple days through the weekend include Tampa, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Greenville, S.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; London, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va. and Pensacola, Fla.

RELATED:AccuWeather.com Severe Weather CenterMid-Atlantic: Much Less Rainy for July Fourth WeekendFlooding Concerns Mount Florida to Appalachians

AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned for dangerous flash flooding along the western Florida Panhandle and across parts of central Tennessee and central Kentucky.

While widespread river flooding is not likely from this event, there is considerable concern for rapid, dangerous flash flooding of low-lying areas, urban areas, areas with poor drainage and along smalls streams.

Numerous blinding downpours…

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South Flood Threat to Continue Beyond Fourth of July

TheSurvivalPlaceBlog

By Anthony Sagliani

A plume of moisture surging northward from the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea will bring widespread tropical downpours to a large part of the Southeast through the holiday weekend.

Some cities that have the highest potential for flooding on multiple days through the weekend include Tampa, Pensacola and Tallahassee, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Birmingham, Ala.; Greenville, S.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; London, Ky.; Charleston, W.Va. and Pensacola, Fla.

RELATED:AccuWeather.com Severe Weather CenterMid-Atlantic: Much Less Rainy for July Fourth WeekendFlooding Concerns Mount Florida to Appalachians

AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned for dangerous flash flooding along the western Florida Panhandle and across parts of central Tennessee and central Kentucky.

While widespread river flooding is not likely from this event, there is considerable concern for rapid, dangerous flash flooding of low-lying areas, urban areas, areas with poor drainage and along smalls streams.

Numerous blinding downpours…

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