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Negative AO/NAO developing? Models see cold Halloween/early November on both sides of Atlantic

Written by on October 19, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Negative AO/NAO developing? Models see cold Halloween/early November on both sides of Atlantic

After a pretty active first 20 days of October with flooding rains and named storms, the models are hinting at a colder pattern developing on both sides of the Atlantic to end October/begin November. A strong 1040mb Azores high is currently centred WSW of Ireland. This will feed most of the active weather over top […]

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October’s wacky extremes: Texas sees snow before Alaska, Record cold Northern Plains, Record warm East

Written by on October 19, 2018 in United States of America with 0 Comments
October’s wacky extremes: Texas sees snow before Alaska, Record cold Northern Plains, Record warm East

Winter is creeping ever closer and nature has been really weird this October in it’s distribution of cold and arrival of it’s first snows. While many parts of Alaska patiently await their first snow, parts of Texas have already seen the white stuff. Alaska sweats while Texas shivers! After the warmest September on record for […]

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Weird and wonderful Leslie remained a hurricane within 100 miles of Portugal, Strongest hit since 1880s

Written by on October 17, 2018 in Rest of Europe, Tropical with 0 Comments
Weird and wonderful Leslie remained a hurricane within 100 miles of Portugal, Strongest hit since 1880s

It was one of those oddities of the 2018 season, you get them now and again where they go one way, the other way, up and down and just keep on going. The eventual demise of Leslie was colder waters off Portugal but like Vince in 2005 and Ophelia in 2017, Leslie defied the laws […]

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Remnant moisture from Sergio meets southbound arctic air to bring snow from Montana to Texas!

Written by on October 14, 2018 in United States of America with 0 Comments
Remnant moisture from Sergio meets southbound arctic air to bring snow from Montana to Texas!

Early season arctic air continues to push south after shivering a large swathe of Canada during September. The next couple of days shall see quite the punch of early season cold and wipe out of the Texas heat. Indeed cold slamming into warm means the usual potpuri of weather with flooding rain, severe weather, big […]

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Atlanta sees most 70F+ and consecutive 60F+ nights, first October 90F+ days since 1954

Written by on October 14, 2018 in United States of America with 0 Comments
Atlanta sees most 70F+ and consecutive 60F+ nights, first October 90F+ days since 1954

Like all the other southern US cities, Atlanta is well used to heat and humidity during the summer months but this year has been exceptional. After a wet spring, nights have held unusually warm with a record streak of consecutive nights at or above 60F which started early (May) and continued late (September) and in […]

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Storm Callum Recap: Record low pressure, Worst flooding in Wales for 30 years, Warmest Oct Night & for so late!

Written by on October 13, 2018 in Rest of Europe, Tropical with 0 Comments
Storm Callum Recap: Record low pressure, Worst flooding in Wales for 30 years, Warmest Oct Night & for so late!

According to the Met Office, the central pressure within Storm Callum dropped from 986 to 938mb within 24 hours. That astonishing 48mb drop 24 hours made Callum an ‘atomic bomb’ cyclone, doubling the 24mb within 24 hours drop to constitute a ‘weather bomb’. It also broke the 1979 record of 939mb for early October UK […]

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Within 5 days UK endures TWO ‘Atmospheric Rivers’, Warmest October day since 2011 and 3rd named storm of season

Written by on October 12, 2018 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Within 5 days UK endures TWO ‘Atmospheric Rivers’, Warmest October day since 2011 and 3rd named storm of season

The week started soggy and will end soggy but in between, well it was more like summer again. When you get a stalled conveyor of subtropical moisture piling into windward upslopes of the West Highlands, you know flooding will be the result. For us here in the UK, these upper level rivers typically stall, running […]

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Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida with 155-mph winds!

Written by on October 10, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Hurricane Michael makes landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida with 155-mph winds!

At 12.30pm CT, Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, FL as a top end Cat 4 hurricane packing sustained winds of 155 mph. Just 1 mph higher would have been this the first Category 5 landfall since Andrew in 1992. Michael was the Panhandle’s strongest ever landfall and 3rd strongest for the US in […]

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Michael becomes Dangerous Category 3 hurricane less than 24 hours prior to Florida landfall

Written by on October 10, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Michael becomes Dangerous Category 3 hurricane less than 24 hours prior to Florida landfall

Despite encountering shear, some dry air and even the crossing of a cool ocean eddy, Michael has continued to strengthen. Just yesterday morning Michael was a tropical storm but as of this writing, he has become a 120 mph Category 3, poised to be one of, if not thee strongest hurricane to ever make landfall […]

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Michael quickly becomes storm, now hurricane and likely to target Florida’s Big Bend as a major

Written by on October 8, 2018 in Tropical, United States of America with 0 Comments
Michael quickly becomes storm, now hurricane and likely to target Florida’s Big Bend as a major

Back on Friday I posted on the CAG (Central American Gyre) and the potential for development. Yesterday we had Tropical Storm Michael, today’s it’s hurricane Michael and appears to be on it’s way to becoming a major tomorrow over the open Gulf of Mexico. This system has organised and intensified quickly to the east of […]

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