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The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch Sunday for coastal regions including New York City and surrounding areas of Long Island, Westchester County and Connecticut.
800.jpegNortheast blizzard could dump 18 inches of snow on New York A winter storm watch was in effect for a larger area of the Northeast: New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New England.

In New York City, forecasters said the first snow is expected late Monday or just after midnight Tuesday, with up to 4 inches falling by dawn. Heavy snow the rest of the day could pile 10 to 14 inches more of white stuff, with sustained winds of about 30 mph and wind gusts of up to 50 mph.

“This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City,” said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based on Long Island.

On Long Island, a snowfall of 12 to 18 inches was forecast along with equally strong winds and visibility of a quarter mile or less.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the New York State Emergency Operations Center will be activated Monday evening, with stockpiles of sandbags, generators and pumps at the ready, as well as snow-removal vehicles and salt spreaders.

The New York City Department of Sanitation is taking similar action and also notifying additional workers to supplement staff if needed.

Once the nor’easter hits, motorists in New York state can call 511 or access www.511ny.org to check on road conditions and transit information.

Other areas, including the lower Hudson Valley and northeastern New Jersey, also could get 12 to 18 inches of snow. But those areas were not under a blizzard watch because high winds and low visibility were not expected.

The severe weather would arrive just a week after the region saw temperatures climb into the 60s. Sunny days and T-shirt-wearing temperatures made it seem like winter had made an early exit. But the chilly weather and snow some areas got Friday may prove to be just a teaser.

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#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: This is the News and Views from #Brittius on how to handle floods in Britain #AceWeatherNews – FLOOD WARNINGS: Heavy rain forecast for most of England over next 36 hours, putting areas swamped by Storm Angus at risk of more flooding as some residents woke up to their cars submerged in flood water on Monday – @AceNewsServices
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#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Flood warnings as more heavy rain hits Britain and Editor says it’s pouring here and has been all day …. Heavy rain and gale force winds will continue to hit Britain in the wake of Storm Angus, bringing further risk of flooding. The Environment Agency has warned communities in the South West […] http://bitly.com/2gD8P4B
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#Brittius says Memories: That water level is about what used to happen six times a year, without any major hurricane. It is also why I drive four wheel drive trucks that are lifted and have large tires.

I am astonished that people do not read a topographical map of where they live, to see elevations and depressions in land contour, and, how people fail to move their cars to higher ground, and have sandbags to build and block water.
Sandbags must be slapped, to disburse sand or it lumps and is futile.

I learned as a young lad, in a far away land, to work sandbags. Slap them all day, and my hand got like steel.

When I lived on the water and set sandbags, and Old Granny walked by me in the kitchen, I always gave a little smack with the iron hand for good luck, on her bottom. She always jumped. 😉

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#UKWeatherNews : ” Global Perspective on Storms and Floods According to Met office”

#AceWeatherNews says `Global Perspective on the Recent Storms and Floods in the UK

Strong winds and high tides batter the coastal road close to Newtownards, Northern IrelandFebruary 2014 – This winter the UK has been affected very severely by an exceptional run of winter storms, culminating in serious coastal damage and widespread, persistent flooding. This paper documents the record-breaking weather and flooding, considers the potential drivers and discusses whether climate change contributed to the severity of the weather and its impacts.

This series of winter storms has been exceptional in its duration, and has led to the wettest December to January period in the UK since records began. Heavy rains combined with strong winds and high waves led to widespread flooding and coastal damage, causing significant disruption to individuals, businesses and infrastructure.

The severe weather in the UK coincided with exceptionally cold weather in Canada and the USA. These extreme weather events on both sides of the Atlantic were linked to a persistent pattern of perturbations to the jet stream, over the Pacific Ocean and North America.

The major changes in the Pacific jet stream were driven by a persistent pattern of enhanced rainfall over Indonesia and the tropical West Pacific associated with higher than normal ocean temperatures in that region. The North Atlantic jet stream has also been unusually strong; this can be linked to exceptional wind patterns in the stratosphere with a very intense polar vortex.

As yet, there is no definitive answer on the possible contribution of climate change to the recent storminess, rainfall amounts and the consequent flooding. This is in part due to the highly variable nature of UK weather and climate.

Nevertheless, recent studies have suggested an increase in the intensity of Atlantic storms that take a more southerly track, typical of this winter’s extreme weather. There is also an increasing body of evidence that shows that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense, and that the rate of increase is consistent with what is expected from the fundamental physics of a warming world.

More research is urgently needed to deliver robust detection of changes in storminess and daily/hourly rain rates and this is an area of active research in the Met Office.

The attribution of these changes to anthropogenic global warming requires climate models of sufficient resolution to capture storms and their associated rainfall. Such models are now becoming available and should be deployed as soon as possible to provide a solid evidence base for future investments in flood and coastal defences.

Report on the recent storms and floods in the UK, February 2014 Download a briefing report on the recent storms and floods in the UK (PDF, 3 MB)

Last updated: 7 February 2014 

 

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” Worst Storm Heading Towards `United Kingdom’ Since the `Great Storm’ of 1987″

#AceWeatherNews says `Stormpocalypse: Worst storm ‘in quarter of a century’ heading for UK

Published time: February 08, 2014 19:05
 
People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. (AFP Photo / Geoff Caddick)People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. (AFP Photo / Geoff Caddick)
Britain is readying itself for a historic storm set to batter its coast this weekend, with warnings of strong gales and enormous waves. The centre of approaching ‘Mega Storm Charlie’ is more intense than the Great Storm of 1987, meteorologists say.

“Gales across England and Wales, severe across southwest and southern coasts” are anticipated as early as Saturday night, according to the Met Office. Winds of up to 80mph have been detected, accompanied by up to 1.6 inches (40mm) of rain. The rain is expected to batter the UK for six hours.

A new house is pictured with a barrier around it protecting it from flood waters in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014 (AFP Photo / Justin Talli)A new house is pictured with a barrier around it protecting it from flood waters in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014 (AFP Photo / Justin Talli)

Superstorm Charlie is currently measuring at an even lower pressure than the 1987 storm, which was caused by a deep low of 951 millibars. Charlie is registering 948 millibars – even lower.

The storm is expected to hurl itself onto the UK at roughly 2000 GMT and last through the night until Sunday morning. Coastal regions are preparing for 100mph gales. Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the UK.

Flood warnings are in place for large areas of Britain. Waves of up to 50 feet could batter the already drenched Cornish coast, according to weather forecasters on magicseaweed.com. The intense weather conditions are likely to continue to pile more pressure on the already disrupted travel and power networks.

A deluge of torrential rain and hurricane-force winds will smash into Britain (Image from magicseaweed.com)

A deluge of torrential rain and hurricane-force winds will smash into Britain (Image from magicseaweed.com)

Some 1,500 troops have been put on six hours’ notice by the Ministry of Defence, in case they are needed to come to the rescue of victims of the floods, according to a spokesperson. 

Hundreds of Royal Marines have already been deployed to the southwest of the country, along with army engineers, to help secure an important stretch of rail that has already been destroyed by the storms.

The Environment Agency has warned of a “significant risk” of flooding on the coasts of Devon, Devonshire, Cornwall, and southwest England, with the issued warnings spreading as far north as Hull. Two “severe” flood warnings have been issued, meaning that the weather could be life threatening in affected areas.

January was already the wettest on record that Britain had experienced.

Environment agency workers take a ride on the side of a Land Rover as they travel through flood waters in Moorland, 19 Kms northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)Environment agency workers take a ride on the side of a Land Rover as they travel through flood waters in Moorland, 19 Kms northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger, told the BBC that river levels in his constituency are still “enormously high,” while being heavily critical of the Environment Agency for not dredging the area.

“We have been let down by London,” he said. On the ground they [Environment Agency staff] are working hard. Up in London I do not know what they are doing,” he said.

However, the Environment Agency was resisting the demands of both MPs and farmers to dredge the area.

 “Dredging is often not the best long-term or economic solution and increased dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels would not have prevented the recent widespread flooding,” Environment Secretary Owen Paterson stated recently.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron overruled him and ordered the Environment Agency to step away from its opposition to the expensive practice.

British Royal Marines help lay sandbags around a home threatened by floodwaters during flood relief operations in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

British Royal Marines help lay sandbags around a home threatened by floodwaters during flood relief operations in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

Belongings are seen, piled up in a outhouse which has been surrounded by flood water in Moorland, 19 Kms northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

Belongings are seen, piled up in an outhouse which has been surrounded by flood water in Moorland, 19 Kms north-east of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

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#UK : ” Worst `Floods in Twenty Years’ leave `Thousands without Power’ across South West”

#AceWeatherNews `UK Storm’s Worst Flood’s in 20 Year’s Leave Thousands without Power’

Weather Alerts in South EastHeavy rain and winds have battered Britain, leaving thousands of homes without power in Wales and the south-west of England.

Electricity companies said Wednesday some 44,000 homes were experiencing intermittent power with another 5,000 homes being cut off from main power.

Britain’s Environment Agency has so far issued six severe flood warnings along the south coast in Cornwall and Dorset, meaning conditions represented a danger to life.

On the Isles of Scilly, there were reports of winds as strong as 146 kilometres per hour (91 miles per hour).

In the south-western county Devon, a section of the sea wall in the town Dawlish collapsed and left the main railway line suspended in mid-air.

The bad weather also caused disruptions to rail and air travel, with cancellations across much of the south.

This was the latest of the bad weather that has battered Britain since last December.

One of the worst affected areas is Somerset Levels in south-west England where thousands of hectares (acres) have been under water for more than a month.

Several villages in the Somerset Levels have been cut off and are only accessible by boat, as the area is experiencing the worst floods in 20 years.

Experts say the main reason for the wet weather is a predominance of west and south-west winds, bringing in mild air from the Atlantic.

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” Surviving the Polar Vortex and How People Coped in Atlanta”

#AceWeatherNews says a recent article in the CSM describes how the people of Atlanta coped during the recent “Polar Vortex” when temperatures fell to as low as 6 degrees Farenheit   

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vorte...

Satellite Image Shows Entry of the Polar Vortex into the Northern U.S. (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video)

Anthony Gray did what almost all of the 6,000 or so homeless people in Atlanta had to do Monday, as temperatures plunged to a record 6 degrees F.: He made a decision to possibly save his own life, or at least his fingers and toes, from the polar vortex.

  • A person who says he likes his own space, which means often sleeping by himself outdoors, Mr. Gray decided to seek shelter with the multitudes clustering around community hearths amid a dangerous, even deadly, Arcticcold wave that weather experts said had the potential of freezing bare skin with only 15 minutes of exposure.

“All the homeless people ran for their lives, and I did, too!” says Gray, who took sanctuary in county-run Grady Hospital, which cares for the city’s poor. “I’d never seen it so cold in the South.” he said.

Good bye, Polar Vortex!

Good bye, Polar Vortex! (Photo credit: vanhookc)

As temperatures finally floated above freezing on Thursday, those who live in a part of the country unaccustomed to minus wind chills reflected on a dangerous few days that plunged Southern cities with vulnerable homeless people from Austin to Atlanta into a historic cold.

To be sure, the chill took its toll: Two people died in the Atlanta area from exposure, part of a cohort of some 21 people across the US who died for reasons connected in some way to the frigid weather.

Comparatively, however, only a few who perished could be considered chronically homeless, even though those folks are arguably the most cold-vulnerable group of Americans, with as many as 800,000 of them sleeping outside on any given night.

That suggests to some that many Americans showed particular, though perhaps not unexpected, concern for the less fortunate in a cold snap that exposed so many already-vulnerable citizens to weather that was, as Weather Channel meteorologist Kevin Roth told NBC News, “[It is cold enough to take your breath away}”

State emergency officials said they were on high alert as the dense mass of polar cold air approached last weekend. Yet in the end, not a single Georgia municipality requested help from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), which mostly gave warnings and updates on the “weather event” as it proceeded into the midweek.

Polar Vortex

Polar Vortex (Photo credit: kingston99)

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‘Polar Vortex’ Plunges Midwest, Northeast into Record Deep Freeze

#AceWeatherNews says “Polar Vortex Plunges Mid-West, Northeast into Record Deep Freeze” at -70 degrees below ZERO #climatechange

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“White Christmas in UK a Maybe According to Met Office”

#AceWeatherNews says as at 20 December 2013 – Met Office forecasters are expecting the current unsettled weather to continue in the run up to Christmas, with spells of heavy rain and strong winds affecting the UK at times.

Weather UnsettledMuch of this weekend will be cool and showery before an area of low pressure develops over the Atlantic on Sunday, deepening rapidly to pass just to the north-west of the UK on Monday and into Tuesday. This is bringing very strong winds and heavy rain to much of the UK from Monday morning through to late Tuesday morning and Met Office National Severe Weather Warningshave been issued for wind and rain across the southwest and northern areas of the UK over the next few days.

The public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption to travel due to the very strong winds and also the risk of some flooding issues due to the heavy rain.

Weather High WindsDuring this period of unsettled weather, people are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weatherso they can plan ahead for the weather in store and make the most of the festive season.

Chief Forecaster Eddy Carroll said: “We can expect stormy weather in many areas to start the Christmas week, but looking forward to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we are expecting it to turn colder, with a mix of wintry showers and sunny spells but for wind speeds to drop. So there is a chance that some places may see a White Christmas“.

Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office forecasters and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “People who are set to be away from home for the festive period are urged to check the flood situation and take precautionary steps to prepare, for example by moving valuable items to safety, before travelling. People are also urged to check the flood risk situation for their journey and at their destination.

“People are also being urged not to drive through dangerous flood water. The Environment Agency has teams on the ground checking flood defences and monitoring river levels and will have teams ready to respond throughout the Christmas period.”

John McTaggart Head of On-Road Services at the Highways Agency said: “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast for next week.

“Road users are urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on motorways and major trunk roads.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signposted diversion routes.”

Don’t forget you can “Tell a Forecaster” the impacts the weather is having in your area, uploading photos and information via your mobile phone.

In this video Met Office Chief Forecaster, Eddy Carroll, explains how we expect the weather to develop over the next  few days, the potential for a stormy day on Monday and whether we’ll see a White Christmas.

Last updated: 20 December 2013

 

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GLOBAL WARMING DUMPS SNOW IN SAUDI ARABIA

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” Slices of Ice the Size of Footballs are Falling of the Side of the BOFA Tower”

#AceWeatherNews says just into news-desk:

Slices of ice the size of footballs are again falling off the side of the Bank of America tower in Manhattan, and the building has put out barriers and warning signs on the sidewalk to help pedestrians avoid being hit.

It’s not a trivial matter: BofA Tower is, at 55 floors, 1,200-feet tall.

New York is currently in the midst of a cold snap following a brief snowstorm — and it has left everything covered in hard, brittle ice.

A source who works inside the BofA building told Business Insider that it’s slightly terrifying. The ice isn’t falling in the form of traditional, Christmassy icicles, but rather in "slices" or sheets. They’re big enough to cause injury, we’re told.

This happens every winter. The New York Times wrote in 2011:

Ice sheets the size of dinner plates slid off the Bank of America building at 42nd Street and Avenue of the Americas, a sleek glass tower whose top disappeared in fog. Chunks crashed against nearby buildings.

The site was clear of ice when we visited one recent evening, however: #EndofDays

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Scientists’ vs. Public Understanding of Human-Caused Global Warming A New Report by Cook et al. (2013)

A new report by Cook et al. (2013) examined nearly 12,000 peer-reviewed papers in the climate science literature; the analysis found that 97% of the papers that stated a position on the reality of human-caused global warming said that global warming is happening and human-caused, at least in part. By contrast, only 41% of Americans say global warming is happening and human-caused. Assuming the scientific literature reflects climate scientists’ conclusions about global warming, Americans’ belief in human-caused global warming is about 56 percentage points lower than that of the climate science community.

Public Perceptions of the Degree of Scientific Agreement

Despite nearly unanimous agreement among climate scientists that the Earth’s climate is warming due to fossil fuel burning and other human causes, only 42% of Americans believe that most scientists think global warming is happening. One third (33%) of Americans believe that “There is a lot of disagreement among scientists about whether global warming is happening” (Leiserowitz et al. 2013).

Further, in May 2011, we found that only 15% of Americans correctly understand that over 80% of climate scientists think global warming is human caused (Leiserowitz et al. 2011).

English: Graphic illustrating the percentages ...

English: Graphic illustrating the percentages of public opinions on the likelihood of some scientists falsifying global warming research. Based on Rasmussen polling of 1,000 American adults conducted July 29-30, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Tropical Storm Keith 1988 Came in Like a Lion and Left Like a Lamb with No Fatalities Reported – Travel Forward to Now and it is a Different Story

Tropical Storm Keith at Mexican landfall

Tropical Storm Keith at Mexican landfall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWeatherNews says in 1988 according to the records a tropical storm named Keith arrived like a lion with winds reaching 70 miles per hour, then dissipated and left like a lamb. The resultant casualties were a few trees and power lines and damage to was fairly minor ,it cost overall for all subsequent repairs $7.3 million. The best thing was “No Fatalities Were Reported” and l thank God !

In the years preceding this until the last one only a month ago ,winds have reached upward of 200 miles per hour ,casualties are numbered in hundreds and sometimes even in thousands and the damage is measured not as slight, severe or even catastrophic ,but devastating! The fact is our weather is getting worst, we would like to say “Global Warming” is or is not to blame, or even “Climate Change” is not really causing it, or we are told this occurred years ago by certain scientists.

Though al we know is that by the time we have finished clearing up after “Super Typhoon Haiyan” , it will not matter what caused it, but how many families will have lost their loved ones ,leaving them homeless, starving and in desperate need. These are the things that really matter, not what we call the storm or its ferocity ,but how many people suffer.

All l can say is God willing one day we can return to the days of ” Tropical Storms” like Keith and eventually to a slight blow over the Atlantic, or Pacific.

English: Keith rainfall across Mexico. David R...

English: Keith rainfall across Mexico. David Roth, Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, Camp Springs, MD. http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/tropical/rain/keith2000filledrainblk.gif (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Extract Courtesy of Wikipedia:   

Tropical Storm Keith, the eleventh tropical storm of the 1988 season, was the latest North Atlantic tropical cyclone in the calendar year to strike the Continental United States since the 1925 season. Keith developed out of a tropical wave in the Caribbean Sea on November 17 and reached a peak intensity of 70 mph (110 km/h) shortly before striking the northeastern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula. It turned northeastward in the Gulf of Mexico, and made landfall near Sarasota, Florida, on November 23. Keith became extratropical near Bermuda on November 24. The extra tropical remnant persisted for two more days.
Keith produced moderate to heavy rainfall in Honduras, Jamaica, and Cuba. Minimal damage was reported in Mexico. The last of four named North Atlantic hurricanes to hit the United States during the season, Keith produced moderate rainfall, rough storm surge, and gusty winds across central Florida. Overall damage was fairly minor but widespread, totaling $7.3 million. Near the coast of Florida, damage occurred mainly from storm surge and beach erosion. Further inland there were floods, downed trees and power lines.

No fatalities were reported.

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Met Office: UK Getting Ready for Winter with Video

Winter

Winter (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Following the success of last year’s campaign and with the recent severe weather fresh in the memory, the Government launch a timely reminder of the simple steps that can be taken to keep warm, healthy and safe this winter.

The Met Office will once again host the ‘Get Ready for Winter’ web pages on behalf of a range of Government Departments and voluntary organisations, offering advice and links to a range of organisations to help individuals, families and communities prepare for winter. The campaign will build on last year’s very successful initiative which saw thousands of people get the information they need to prepare for all-weather conditions through the winter months.

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “Building on the success of last year’s ‘Get Ready for Winter’ initiative, government departments and our partners in the voluntary sector will again be providing comprehensive advice that will help individuals, families and communities prepare and stay safe this winter.

“From tips on preparing your property and vehicle, to the latest weather forecasts and warnings, the initiative will provide a one-stop shop for all winter weather related information”

The Met Office works closely with government departments, contingency planners and partner organisations including the voluntary sector, throughout the year to make sure they have the best advice available to help them prepare for and deal with the impacts that our weather can bring.

Severe weather

Severe weather (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Simon Lewis, head of emergency response at the British Red Cross and Chair of the Voluntary Sector Civil Protection Forum, said: “Severe weather will undoubtedly affect thousands of people across the UK this winter and we believe it is vital they have the necessary information to help them prepare. All the charities involved are delighted to offer simple hints and tips as well as free apps and resources to help people better prepare for the winter to come.”

The Scottish Government‘s ‘Ready Scotland’ campaign also aims to raise awareness of the risks that winter can bring and how people can be more prepared during severe weather.

So how can you be more prepared for severe weather?

  • Prepare your property and vehicle ahead of winter, and take responsibility for your own safety.
  • Be aware of the latest weather forecasts and warnings from the Met Office.
  • Be prepared to alter your plans in times of severe weather.
  • Look after the elderly and more vulnerable in your community.

Winter preparedness

  • Today sees the Get Ready for Winter campaign go live. Working with partners in the Cabinet Office, across Government and in the voluntary sector, these pages will offer a range of advice to help you prepare for winter and take action when severe weather is forecast.
  • This weekend the forecast is for severe weather, particularly in the South on Sunday night into Monday morning. Damaging winds are possible and the public are advised to keep up to date with the latest Met Office warnings and forecasts either via our website or our media partners.

Events

  • Bonfire night

    All those heading to fireworks displays on 5 November will be hoping for clear skies.

  • Tar barrels

    5 November – Check the Ottery St. Mary weather forecast if you are heading to tar barrels this bonfire night.

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    Help communities

    There are practical steps you can take to support your community in preparing for winter weather.

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    There are certain practical steps that you can take to protect your home from winter weather.

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Campaign partners

Get Ready for Winter is a partnership initiative joining up messages from Government, the voluntary sector, local authorities and others to encourage individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can take to help them stay warm, healthy and safe. It aims to contribute to partners’ existing work through better co-ordination, sign posting and ease of access. This partnership approach through a single website not only makes messages more accessible for the public, but increases the reach for contributing organisations.

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St Jude Storm Update Video Across UK in Next 24 Hours

Major Atlantic storm to impact UK

27 October 2013 – A major Atlantic storm is set to move across the UK over the next 24 hours, bringing some heavy rain and very strong winds to parts of England and Wales.

Coastline battered by storm

The storm is set to deepen rapidly just to the south west of the UK late today, before moving into western areas in the very early hours of Monday morning.

It’s then expected to track rapidly across the country, moving off into the North Sea by late morning – by which time the strongest winds will have passed.

Gusts of 60-70mph are expected in southern parts of England and Wales, with gusts of 80mph or more in places – particularly around southern and south western coasts.

Heavy rain will accompany the storm, with a chance of some localised surface water flooding.

The Met Office has issued Severe Weather Warnings for potential disruption from both the strong winds and the rainfall.

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Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “While this is a major storm for the UK, we don’t currently expect winds to be as strong as those seen in the ‘Great Storm‘ of 1987 or the ‘Burns Day storm‘ of 1990.

“This weather system is typical of what we expect to see in winter but as it’s coming in during autumn – when trees are in leaf – and while the ground is fairly saturated, it does pose some risks. We could see some uprooted trees or other damage from the winds and there’s a chance of some surface water flooding from the rainfall – all of which could lead to some disruption.”

People are advised to take precautions ahead of the storm and that travel conditions may be difficult during tomorrow morning. Delaying journeys to avoid the worst of the winds should be considered.

The Met Office will continue to work with partners across the UK to help minimise disruption.

A spokesman for the  Environment Agency said: “Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.”

“Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans.”

Contact information

Met Office Press Office: +44 (0)1392 886655

E-mail: Press Office

Met Office Customer Centre: 0870 900 0100

If you’re outside the UK: +44 1392 885680

 

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Severe Storm Heading for the UK Worst Since 1987 According to Met Office

Severe storm heading for the UK – Video

26 October 2013 – The Met Office is a warning of the risk of a significant storm bringing exceptionally strong winds to parts of England and Wales on Sunday night into Monday morning.

Lighthouse and stormy seas

Currently forecasts suggest a low pressure system will rapidly deepen just to the south-west of the UK on later on Sunday, before moving across the country to be out over the North Sea by the afternoon on Monday.

This is expected to bring gusts of 60 – 80 mph widely across the southern half of the UK, with gusts of more than 80 mph possible in places – especially on exposed coasts.

Any major storm which occurs in early autumn has the potential to cause widespread severe disruption through falling trees, structural damage, transport disruption or power cuts and possibly flooding.

Frank Saunders, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: “We are confident that a severe storm will affect Britain on Sunday night and Monday. We are now looking at refining the details about which areas will see the strongest winds and the heaviest rain.

“This is a developing situation and we’d advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary. We’ll continue to work closely with authorities and emergency services to ensure they are aware of the expected conditions.”

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The storm is also expected to feature heavy rain for some parts of the country, which also has the potential to cause some localised impacts.

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Environment Agency teams are out working to minimise river flood risk, clearing debris from streams and unblocking culverts. We will continue to closely monitor the situation ready to issue flood warnings if needed. We are supporting local authorities who will respond to any reports of surface water flooding.”

“Seafronts, quaysides, jetties should be avoided due to the risk of over-topping by waves and wind-blown shingle. People are advised to sign up to receive free flood warnings from the Environment Agency website, check weather reports on the Met Office website and be prepared to change travel plans.”

Martin Hobbs the head of Asset Resilience at the Highways Agency: “We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions ahead of the weather being forecast over the weekend.  Drivers, especially those considering a trip with a caravan this weekend, are encouraged to think carefully before setting off as driving conditions are expected to be difficult on Sunday evening and Monday. If you do have to make a journey by road, be prepared, plan your jour­ney in advance and check the lat­est weather conditions along your route.

“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow sign-posted diversion routes.”

You can stay up to date with all the latest information in our forecasts and warnings online, on our apps for iPhone, Android, Windows, Kindle, as well as our partners on TV and Radio.

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Torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India

Alert India Flooding  Torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India, which this month saw the worst cyclone to hit the country in over a decade, the Press Trust of India reported Saturday.

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The downpour has seen rivers spill their banks in India’s eastern coastal states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, forcing thousands to flee their homes and seek refuge in shelters, two weeks after India’s most severe cyclone in 14 years lashed the coastline.

The Press Trust of India national news agency said that the rains had killed up to 45 people in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, with hundreds of villages submerged in nearly 30 districts and road and rail links disrupted.

Another three people were killed in heavy rains in the eastern state of West Bengal, the news agency said.

Some 30 rescue teams, already involved in massive relief operations to fix homes and restore services knocked out by Cyclone Phailin, have been deployed in the flood zone to give help, Tripti Parule, spokeswoman for the National Disaster Management Agency, told AFP earlier Saturday.

“The administration was already geared up for this situation after cyclone Phailin. The provision of dry food, water packets, medicines… all of it is being taken care of by the states,” said Parule, adding that the flooding is expected to subside in 48 hours.

The cyclone that struck India’s eastern coast earlier this month killed at least 22 people and left a trail of destruction.

It pounded the eastern states, packing winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour (125 miles per hour), uprooting trees, overturning trucks, snapping power lines and flooding large tracts of farmland.

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