Weather Review

World Weather review: December 2017

On the 1st December, 121 mm of rainfall in 24 hours lead to flooding in Albania, leaving at least one person dead, homes destroyed and numerous roads blocked.

Heavy snow blanketed northern Europe on the 11th causing many flight cancellations and delays, particularly at Schiphol, Frankfurt and Brussels airports. In Germany, the heavy snow has caused car accidents and transportation problems. In France, 32 regions were put on alert, as snowstorms battered coastal areas and cut power to thousands of homes. Snowstorms also spread southwards into Italy.

World Weather review: October 2017

Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, suffered its largest one-day downpour in half a century on 2nd Oct, with more than 340 mm of rain falling causing flash flooding.

Storm Xavier swept across northern Germany killing at least 7 on 5th October.

Storm Nate killed at least 25 people in Coast Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras on 5th-6th Oct, causing heavy rain, landslides and flooding. It weakened to a tropical depression after bringing heavy rain to south-eastern US on the 7th and 8th, making landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and Mississippi.

UK Weather review: Oct 2017

October was rather mild on the whole and unusually warm at times, with a mean temperature of 11.3°C, 1.8°C above the 1981-2010 average. It was also cloudier yet drier than average in many places, especially the south-east, with <25% of the average rainfall in some areas. Some parts of north and western Scotland, north-western England and Northern Ireland were, however, above average due to ex-hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian, the second storm of the season.

UK Weather review: September 2017

September began with a weak ridge of high pressure which brought dry sunny weather to many parts, but also some mist and fog to the south, and some heavy, thundery showers to the east.  The remainder of the month was unsettled, with an above average number of rain days, particularly across England.  North-westerly winds brought rain bands interspersed with bright showery weather until the 19th.