On This Day: Burns Day Storm 1990

Image: Highest gusts of over 60 knots (69 mph) recorded on 25 January 1990 (Source: Met Office)

On 25th January 1990 - otherwise known as Burns Day to the Scots, the day marking the birthday of their national poet, Robert Burns - an intense depression tracked across southern Scotland bringing severe gales and storm force winds to many parts of England and Wales.

Storm Georgina

Storm Georgina, the seventh named storm of the year, brought strong winds to the UK and Ireland on 24th January 2018.

Gusts up to 85mph were recorded in Scotland. Further south a narrow band of heavy rain and squally winds resulted in gusts in the 50 to 60 mph range, downing some trees and flooding some roads. A landslide was also reported on the A76 between Kirkconnel and Kelloholm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Frost protection in your garden theWeather Club Sun, 21/01/2018 - 14:24

Peter Gibbs recently visited RHS Wisley to explore frost protection measures with Guy Barter, the RHS Chief Horticultural Adviser:


2017: the warmest year on record without an El Niño

Data from the Met Office Hadley Centre and the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit for global average near-surface temperatures confirm that 2017 was the warmest year on record without the influence of warming from El Niño.

Last year was the second or third warmest year for annual global temperatures since 1850, after 2015 and 2016 both of which were dominated by a significant El Niño.

Successive storms: Fionn and David theWeather Club Thu, 18/01/2018 - 13:09

Storm Fionn was named by Met Éireann and affected the Republic of Ireland on 16th January. Strong winds were recorded, especially across western counties, with the highest gust of 75 mph recorded at Mace Head, Galway. The winds across the UK were not strong enough to bring any significant impacts to the UK.

At least seventeen dead in California mudslides

At least 17 people have died and 163 people injured in deep mudslides in Southern California, which were triggered by heavy rains. A number of people are still unaccounted for.

Mud and boulders the size of small cars shut rolled done hillsides blocking more than 30 miles of main roads in parts of Santa Barbara. In Montecito some homes were knocked off their foundations, with 100 destroyed and 300 damaged, whilst in Burbank mud swept away vehicles.