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Storm Eleanor causes disruption at the start of 2018

On 2nd and 3rd January, a low-pressure system moving across from the Atlantic brought very wet and windy weather to the UK.  Storm Eleanor, the fifth named storm of the season, brought gusts of up to 100 mph, leaving thousands of homes without power, blowing over trees and disrupting travel across parts of Wales, England, southern Scotland and most of Northern Ireland.

Dreaming of a white Christmas? theWeather Club Mon, 18/12/2017 - 10:56

As we head closer to December, one of the questions we are often asked as meteorologists is “Will it be a white Christmas?” The first thing to clarify, is what exactly is being asked – do you want to know if anywhere in the UK will see a single snow flake or are you envisaging streets and roofs with a dusting of the white stuff when you wake up on 25 December. 

Snow!

Swathes of the country were blanketed in snow on 10th and 11th December 2017, particularly Wales and large parts of England, as the Met Office issued yellow and amber warnings to many parts. The heavy snow led to power cuts, disrupted air, rail and road travel and resulted in hundreds of schools in England and Wales staying closed on the 11th.

Record-breaking rainbow in Taiwan

A rainbow, reportedly lasting nearly 9 hours, has been witnessed over the Chinese Culture University in the mountains of Taipei.

Prof Chou, Prof Liu Ching-huang and students documented the rainbow. Their observations, pictures and video recordings showed the rainbow lasted from 06:57 until 15:55 – totalling eight hours and 58 minutes.

If confirmed by Guinness World Records, it would obliterate the previous record for the longest-lasting rainbow, set in Yorkshire, England, on 14 March 1994, which lasted from 09:00 to 15:00. Rainbows typically last much less than an hour.

Mount Agung and its potential global impacts

Since mid-November, Mount Agung on the Indonesian Island of Bali has been emitting steam and ash, lava is visible in the crater and rivers of mud have been flowing down its sides.  However, Agung is capable of a much more explosive eruption, which would have a much greater impact both locally and globally. The more explosive the eruption, the higher the volcanic ash, sulphur gases and other debris is pushed into the atmosphere. Agung last erupted in 1963, having been dormant for over a century.

Flash floods hit Greece

Heavy overnight rain on 15th November caused flash flooding in parts of Greece, particularly Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of Athens.

At least 15 people have been killed and it has caused widespread destruction in central Greece as people were unprepared for the fast-flowing torrents of red mud that flooded the roads and thousands of homes. The sheer force of the water moved vehicles, damaged walls and roofing.