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- Who heard Piers Corbyn Late June BBC West Midlands talking about heat developments;
- And late May (30th) on BBC West Midlands and May 29th about 12.10pm on BBC Radio Jeremy Vine Show; talking about the amazing thunder lightning, deluges, floods and hail in Britain+Ireland and Europe over the weekend and which are continuing this week. 
Piers said there was an amazingly high number - 405,000 - lightning events in Europe +UK +Eire in the two days May 27-28th (and more events across the world) and these were powered up by our current (Long-Range predicted from months ahead) WeatherAction Red (Red4, R4 level) weather period May28-Jun1+-1d . These arise from an impressive Earth facing coronal hole on the sun. Pic on 30th:

  • A Br+Ir forecast subscriber emailed: "The  June forecast have been very good - my friends are sick of me saying 'I knew this heatwave was coming 3 weeks ago' !"
  • Sudden Break in HF radio reception June 23 caused by changes in magnetic connections between Earth & SolarWind see @Piers_Corbyn
  • June 23 UK IndependenceDay fine weather confirmed WeatherAction.
  • Midsummer's day, 21st, was a great day in Avebury & Stonehenge - confirming WeatherAction dry and sunny forecast.

Major Red (R4) period May 15-19+-1d 
is being dramatically confirmed across the world with specific events in detailed forecasts BI, Eu, Usa and general activity.   In BI coldest (relative to normal at that time of the month) for Br+Ir as a whole (eg night frosts) May 17-19 confirmed;   Eu dramatic hail Germany/Poland/Baltic States confirmed;    Usa notable N-West (cold) and S-East very warm and major tornado + thunder events around boundary - espec TX, CO, NE confirmed. There have also been many intense hail and volcano - earthquake events around the world. All these events are predicted aspects of WeatherAction R4+R5 Red weather periods. 

NEW advances for WeatherAction...
The error(s) in early-mid May eg warmer than expected 'MayDay' holiday weekend for Br+Ir especially 7th May + following days have been examined and appear to be a Lunar effect modification for parts of late Spring + summer as the world gets further into Mini-Ice-Age / Wild-Jet-Stream circulation. 
  • A new transient modification to Piers Corbyn's Solar-Lunar-Action-Technique to Slat15a is now being applied to the coming periods to a new August forecast and some likely changes to June+July (and little or no change to the rest of May). 
  • All-summer-now forecasts under Slat15a will soon be issued for B+I, Europe & Usa.
  • Overlaps of existing subscriptions with All-Summer-Now or any new subscriptions gain pro-rata forecast access extensions
It's a Wild May! - confirming Weather-Action warnings Br+Ir, Eu, Usa detailed forecasts & Australia/S.Hem wild JetStream 

The Mini-Ice-Age circulation patters which are now the norm got standard Meteorology fooled.  The Easter cold snowy blasts both sides of Atlantic came in harder than standard Meteo expected - and we have seen for Britain+Ireland & Eu that short range TV forecasts switched towards WeatherAction long range detail.  The weather got plants fooled with MORE COLD SNOWY BLASTS both sides of Atlantic - Britain+Ireland,  N Europe and a huge swathe of N  USA / S Canada.

As North Hemisphere Spring stutters on-off-on-off confirming WeatherAction LongRange, Piers Corbyn warns there are more Wild Jet Stream cold blasts UK, Eire, Eu, Usa in the rest of Spring months .
Important Spring forecasts UK, Eire, Eu, Usa for all agriculture, gardens,  energy, commodity trading, insurance, travel, holidays.... await you:

Cold blasts 5th Spring event confirmed. Note the phrase "MayDay" here is not just about May1 itself which is near the end of Apr26-May2+-1d but also means a Distress signal in air and shipping emergency parlance which is here about distress caused by the cold blasts.

Cold blasts 5th Spring event confirmed. Note the phrase "MayDay" here is not just about May1 itself which is near the end of Apr26-May2+-1d but also (a pun) means a Distress signal in air and shipping emergency parlance which is here about distress caused by the cold blast.

Piers Corbyn was on Talk Radio 3 days running (Feb 28, Mar 1, Mar 2) in the midst of blizzards and cold blasts with weather news and Climate comment ....
"This historic supercold spell and massive blizzards is due to the wild jet stream which is controlled by changes in Solar activity and completely nothing to do with CO2" 
explained Piers Corbyn in an interview on Talk Radio James Whale show Thurs 1st March - a follow-on from his interview Feb 28th. Piers pointed out that the CO2 warmists - believers in so-called Man-made Global-Warming - were referring to Sudden Stratospheric Warming and mildness in the Arctic as if these were somehow part of Global-Warming and causing the cold events when they are nothing to do with CO2. In fact, he said, the events in the stratosphere are solar driven and their impact transmits DOWNWARDS not upwards from some delusional surface warming. The mildness in the Arctic covers a much smaller area than the cold blast and is not a CAUSE of anything but just one part of the solar driven Wild Jet Stream changes"
In his third appearance (Mar 2) as snow which had been pelting down at Elephant and Castle abated, Piers who was in open air talked about Mini Ice Ages, full ice ages and the reason why CO2 levels follow sea temperatures and are not driving them. Quiz question Why is that?
SnowWatch LondonBridge Borough Start-of-A2 SnowReport 06:00z 28-02-18 PiersCorbyn  Snow 2.25 inches on open church grass+tables. Too cold for easy snowballs (<-3C?). Melt extraordinarily clear pure drink. Snow/ water depth ratio 20:1(high?) .
  • Piers Corbyn's WeatherAction Major Red Weather (R4) period 27 Feb to 3 Mar effects were confirmed by thundersnow & rare snow-tornado events (eg Brixham Devon UK) and events in Europe and notable extra snowfall - beyond standard Meteo expectations - 
  • Piers said "This is important news. It is now clear, as well as events in Europe, decades long snow hit records in UK were broken in our  Long- Range predicted solar effects which began with geomagnetic storms and aurora 27 Feb. 
  • "Of course these events and the whole super-cold blast UK, Eire and Europe is nothing to do with the delusional fraud of so-called man-made Global-Warming / Climate-Change; but beware those who profit from this lie are in Goebbels-style overdrive to brainwash your children."

THE HISTORIC SuperCold + Snow blast - 
in Britain+Ireland, Scandinavia +NW Eu endFeb into March is THE END of  ManMade GlobalWarming Scam. 

Piers Corbyn (1 Mar): "Let's be clear, EVERYTHING the CO2 warmists now tell you is a DELIBERATE LIE AND THEY KNOW IT. 
They are now using a carbon (LOL) copy of Goebbels' method - the bigger and  more absurd the lie the better because no-one will believe (they hope) that such an absurd claim would be made up by those in authority as long as it is repeated often enoughNow we have the crescendo of their death scream.  "Warm is cold" repeated on and on. They say oh look the Arctic is now "warm". Well as fact this milder than normal Arctic and supercold huge swathes of the north hemisphere is the polar (LOL) opposite of their theory. It is part of Wild-Jet-Stream circulation  which IS the Mini-Ice-Age as we in WeatherAction warned years ago. This and ALL extremes since 2007 are the wrong type of extremes for their #FakeScience which REQUIRES a further north less wavy Jet-Stream. They know it but they lie and lie and lie because there is $Billions of theft from you and the developing world riding on it. They must be destroyed but YOU have to take the argument to the people. Talk to every deluded warmista you know and tell them like it is. They are being tricked and used by and for the Wall-Street-Soros-UN-EU world-plundering super-elites. Evidence-based accountability in science & politics is the ONLY way forward". 

Piers Corbyn says: "It's no longer credible for any intelligent person to accept the Global Warming swindle when this historic cold and snow hits so hard after ongoing record-breaking and near record-breaking cold and snow in the NorthernHemisphere this winter. If this cold is global warming you might as well claim the EU (currently guilty of corporate murder in Greece) is good - and interestingly the EU and the CO2 warmist scam are off the same hym sheet.
ALL who care about evidence-based science and accountable politics must tell politicians to stop looking the other way. THERE IS NO WARMING! Prepare for the deepening MiniIceAge which is here now.
This end Feb Scandinavia-BI-NWEurope #SuperCold confirms our WeatherAction forecast of extreme cold (+snow) in Scandinavia and cold+snow Ireland & Britain with the important difference the Extreme cold in Scandinavia has come further south than in our original forecast (issued 4 weeks ahead) and it's flow has grabbed the Atlantic-polar cold Low for Br+Ir to join with it into a major supercold event further south - especially S/E UK. The Scandinavia extreme cold has been consistently further south in Europe this Feb than we expected so we conclude that the Mini-Ice-Age is now developing more rapidly and strongly than we first expected and these even more Wild Jet Stream events will continue in the coming years.

Piers Corbyn's NewYear video Message 
Filmed at WeatherAction Annual Talky-Party Dec22,  Delta House, Borough High Street, London Bridge SE1 1HR:
Itís War 2018 on - #FakeScience #FakeNews & Dodgy Politics declares Piers Corbyn In New Year Message - YouTube. Piers starts his message - Make 2018 The Year of Change - "100 years after the Great War 1918, the war to end wars, we have a new war against the so-called New World Order of failed & false ideologies, #FakeScience, #FakeNews & False politics..." 
Piers covers many things:- He demolishes #CO2-#GlobalWarming and #CosmicRay-Climate theory and strongly promotes Nikolov-Zellar explanation that atmosphere amount controls (average) temperatures (on all planets) and recent ideas of Conor McMenemie (on Nile dam affecting N Africa Climate) & Mike McCulloch on new (quantised inertia) theories of galaxy formation etc.

He talks of setting up a new Independent Institute/Academy of New  Science & Critical Analysis and calls to make 2018 THE year of the fight for evidence-based science & politics and accountability in all things.

Science-Politics FACT OF THE Year - Energy costs are proportional to the % of renewables in the national provision - see blog:-
WeatherBlog Now (20Feb2018 onwards) for your weather Obs, comms & Q's

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On 21 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Wow some rain we've had since Thursday! Maybe time to lift that hosepipe ban lads 😅 Well this has most def. been an R4 period as forecasted although less fine & less warm and more wet and after the balmy bit cooler. On the occasions the sun has peeked through today you can feel the warmth in it. The garden has had a good soaking and the tiny one has loved listening to the rain but we are looking forward to getting back out soon as. Max 14 deg. 8 now at 7.40pm. More rain on Sunday with another spell of weather due according to news.
On 21 Sep 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

C VIEW: I always take GFS with a large dose of sea salt. MWIS is more reliable as is the Norwegian MO, but nobody does the longer range stuff like Piers does. BTW GFS now predicting a seriously sharp Polar Maritime outbreak at the start of the second week of October. PADDY: the Aronia has been day-glo scarlet-crimson this year.
On 21 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Maria - just one guinness tent? I doubt that. BillS - the naming of storms makes them sound more scary and different to all the low pressure systems we have had for centuries before so it must be global warming. Puerile but then that's the MetO these days. Windy night but thankfully from a direction that didn't howl through my hanging tiles and keep me awake. Then the rain came! Like a fire hose so now fully awake at 2.30 I looked at the radar. A narrow band of red from SSW to NNE showing that it would pass soon. Still blustery this morning and cool. A sharp shower came over before lunch but the sun is out now. Office comments - nobody forecast rain. Looking ahead to Sunday, GFS, GEM and ICON all show morning rain but then a MetO classic is 'Sunday is still uncertain'. Forecasting? What's that?
On 21 Sep 2018, mike wrote:

Wessex/mercia border 600'asl A lull in the strong winds in the early hours, but they have returned during the morning. Mostly low cloud/rain with brief periods of sunshine, and a single flash of lightening half an hour ago.Temps around 60F Regards m
On 20 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, feeling chilly in the still strong Wíly wind but we had some good sunshine during the morning, though max temp didnít go beyond 14˚. The wind has gradually eased off and it is now still and quiet. What with all the leaves and branches on the ground it is now autumn, as far as I can see we had no damage of any note. 9˚ by 9pm. == Russ, in our case it is species specific, we just grow one species. Interesting article on Florence, thanks.
On 20 Sep 2018, BillS (N E Wales) wrote:

Grey overcast start gave way to an even greyer wet day from lunchtime on. Some very heavy spells of rain. Total to 9 pm 38mm and still raining. Pressure is dropping quickly now as well , 3 mb in last hour, I see on xc weather winds picking up in NW Wales where the low must be winding up atm. I think these naming of storms is a load of old cobblers it doesnít mean anything especially when the metobeebo only just gave the name on the day of formation Knowing itís Bronagh, or Ally so what , personally think itís dramatising it Ďcos itís trendy
On 20 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

The amount of rain that's been falling - and still is - you may see them ploughing using jet-skis instead of the traditional ploughs. Huge rail disruption across the north and into Scotland. Should be OK'ish by tomorrow but more flooding may be an issue. Was wondering where all the wildlife goes during such weather, then saw a meadow pipit happily flying around in torrential rain. So maybe they just carry on as usual, it's just that you can't see them for the rain and mist.
On 20 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Overcast all day Max.13 deg felt cooler some showers too. 8 now at 8pm feels like 6. A lot of people commenting on the chill in the air out today. Yeah thats 300,000 over the 3 days that they estimate, 97,500 actual day one and estimate between 80-90,000 today so shouldn't be far out by day 3 tomorrow, maybe they have a Guinness tent ;-)
On 20 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

A bit blustery in the SE with some rain but just grey come morning. Brightened up as the day progressed and quite humid showing that the system came up from warm SW. 300,000!! Be lucky if there are 30 of us spectating come Sunday morning but then it is purely ploughing. I guess the Irish Nationals are a bit more than that. I saw that it was delayed by a day. Having first read that a mobile home was blown off the cliffs in Galway killing the occupant, the picture in the paper shows a touring caravan which is lighter and not fixed down at all. I don't understand why she was still in it as it must have been rocking wildly. Amazingly the tent next to it was fine! Actually, with solid ground I would back my tent to see a storm out. Edmonton in Alberta has had a record snowy September - yes, still 10 days to go! Just 3 spotless sun days and 2018 matches 2007. 2008 & 2009 were nearly 75% spotless.
On 20 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote: interesting conundrum. Is this all trees, all young trees or species specific?............ Not sure about this sites credentials yet but I'll post this anyway. It seems legit. >> << It's nothing new for Michael the Mannipulator.
On 19 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Yeah Gerry the National Ploughing championships on this week, extended to Friday as weather put a spanner in proceedings today but yeah always a massive crowd, this year 300,000 I believe expected turnout, have not been to one as yet :-)
On 19 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Well I cleaned and packed away the paddling pools on Sunday just before I mowed the grass and allowed myself to let go of the mindset of summer seeing as we actually had 2/3rds of one this year it has been a little harder to embrace the inevitable slide towards winter and to hang up the flip flops and bring out the hiking boots ( oooh hang on sock shopping, happy thought :)) & like Paddy said Autumn arrived this morning, first time I've worn a coat in months and it did get pretty wet windy and wild for a time after college and school runs, had to retrive a wheelie bin or 2. Strange how it was like to the West of us and above us and a little right of us sat like an Autumnal crown of craziness but we just narrowly missed the Orangeness of it and stayed in the Yellow zone. Lots of leaves stuck to the windows upstairs, not as much rain here although some hefty showers at times and went from balmy and mild to clear and chilly tonight. 10 deg. With a real feel of 6.
On 19 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, clear starry sky when I got up earlier on, calm before the storm which started up around 9.30 and got wilder, still blowing hard up to 5pm but then gradually slowing down to strong wind, SW at first, then turning into the W by increments. Hefty bit of rain between 9 - 10 am, dry and often quite sunny afternoon, max temp 14˚, down to 8˚ by 10pm. Autumn has come in with a bang. == Russ, we grow our trees in special cell trays off the ground in tunnels, normally put them outside by mid July and on the whole they do well but not this year, first time this has happened in this way.
On 19 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paddy.... trees in general have been the most lush and heavy of leaf than any other summer that I can remember. Plenty of late spring moisture then the wall to wall sun for many weeks, with very little wind to damage the leaves. Could your problem be related to swings in temperature from heat in the day to rapid chilling under clear skies at night? An even stronger theory would be the drought's effect on the underground mycelium network. Drought resistant doesn't necessarily mean drought immune. Soil is an extremely complex home to the almost sentient mycelium culture, and trees are co-dependant on this underground network for many nutrients. If drought conditions began affecting the mycelium, then this could have a dramatic effect on young trees, still building up their root systems. >> <<
On 18 Sep 2018, Peterg wrote:

The models have been consistent about this forthcoming scenario - a deep low crossing central England on Sunday and a ridge of high pressure developing in the north Atlantic producing a cold northwesterly airflow across the country as the low zips into the near continent. If the high moves across the south of England early next week i would expect to see the first frost, ground or otherwise, effecting the south.
On 18 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, mild but cloudy with a long burst of rain from 8-9.30, brightening up by midday, max temp 19˚, sunyish afternoon but always with quite a bit of cloud, 13˚ by 9pm. == RON: interesting comment, thanks. This year has been interesting in many ways: few wasps but very many ladybirds in the last few weeks, extraordinary growth of some veg but our trees have done very badly, unsure of the cause, seed quality (lack thereof), long cold spring? Etc.
On 18 Sep 2018, C View wrote:

RON. Never mind the will it it won't it be cold enough for snow on the tops later this month , the MWIS forecast is saying snow on the tops over the course of the next three days with tomorrow's high winds giving a windchill of -12c
On 18 Sep 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

GFS going for a very sharp Polar-maritime outbreak Sunday-Monday with 1200 metre temperatures down to -5C--so snow on the Scottish Munroes for sure--but--this is GFS, so expect a warm southerly flow forecast anytime soon. PADDY: I have noted that native insect species like eating exotic alder species, but the native-only religionists don't like to hear that!
On 17 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, quite windy from the S all day, mostly grey clouds with a few light showers and no sun, pretty cool as well with a max temp of only 15˚ but by 9.30pm it suddenly felt much milder, 14˚ then, warm and wet forecast for tomorrow, yellow wind warning for Wednesday.
On 17 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Lovely day so far. Lots of sunshine. 75F in the City. I noted how it tailed off quite quickly yesterday as the sun disappeared behind the trees. The attendance at the ploughing match was over 2600 apparently. Not surprised - the car park was packed. Dr Tim Ball has a good piece on all the lies about Florence and the basic incompetence of NOAA forecasts. Basic meteorology would have got it right but they failed badly. worth a read on WUWT.
On 16 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Paddy - that's a shame. I had a chat with a guy on a trade stand from East Anglia and he said they were like you say up there. A bit drier and warmer maybe. Now Maria should be able to tell us about ploughing matches with big crowds. The Surrey match next week is just ploughing with no beer but at least there is a food van. Next month is the Hurstpierpoint match which has a bit of show with it, and beer! Yesterday's match was in Partridge Green, home of the Dark Star brewery so there was a great choice of ales.
On 16 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, overnight rain just coming to an end and giving us a sunny morning with a warm SWíly wind and temps rising to 19˚, however, the afternoon was cloudier and markedly cooler at 14˚, down to 11˚ by 8pm, nice though that we can still get a bit of warmth. == Gerry, ploughing matches up here are rather later, Oct/Nov, and therefore often damp & dreich affairs, no beer in sight and only farmers and enthusiasts attending.
On 16 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Wonderful day yesterday. Lots of sun. Warm. ALL the models on Ventusky on Friday said it would be mainly cloudy yesterday and so were wrong. But don't worry, they know what will happen in 50-100 years to a tenth of a degree. If anyone is looking for a great day out then I can recommend the West Grinstead Ploughing Association annual match and show. A huge contingent of ploughers, some I watched last weekend and many I will see again at the Surrey Championship next Sunday. My first experience of seeing steam ploughing. There was some hedgelaying by some regarded as at the top of the skill. A mini show with livestock, funfair, beer, food, local crafts, trade stands, terrier racing, tug-of-war. Costs a mere £6 to get in and is 21 September next year at Coombes. Great thing about ploughing matches is that they move to a different farm each year.
On 15 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

5˚C at 7.30, coldest morning so far this side of summer, overcast with a light Síly breeze but brightening and warming up to a max of 18˚, cooling down somewhat in the strengthening wind in the afternoon but after some rain in the evening it felt quite mild, 12˚ at 10pm. == Ron, discovered something remarkable tonight: in one of our seedling beds where I have 10í tall Alnus rubra, red alder, they have been almost completely stripped of their leaves by very few small caterpillars I couldnít identify, this happened just over the last few days - ever come across that? The trees will be alright, Iím sure, good job it didnít happen earlier in the season.
On 15 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Cheers Paddy for Buddleia advice makes sense, going out to do that today, we have an old type purple lilac too growing at the start of a hedge and on into it, never been cut and fantastic every year except that you wait all year for it and it goes too quick. Weather has been mostly cloudy with showers around 16 deg. by day 8/9 by night. Some nice sun for a time yesterday and the leaves are now showing signs of Autumn, love the seasons. Looking wet n windy Monday into Tues.
On 15 Sep 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

For those who put Hurricane Florence down to weather, not humans, has a couple of concise articles with data showing that the 1950s was the peak decade for hurricanes in NC/SC and other interesting observations. He is one of the few sane voices in the US climate debate. I would quite appreciate 3 inches of rain from the dregs of Florence if it makes it over to blighty - would swell up my maincrop spuds nicely.
On 15 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Geese in practise mode here Paddy. Small flocks starting to gather and move near dusk.......Saw hundreds of Swallows and House Martins hoovering up insects around Oak trees the other day. Not sure where they've all been hiding through the summer but they are certainly getting ready for the long flap back to Africa. They could be from the north west parts of Scotland where the icy winds from the jet-stream loops keep pushing in. As the insect numbers dwindle they'll be forced to move south to warmer areas.
On 14 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, windy old day from the get-go, a Wíly, cloudy but also some good sunny spells in between which managed to get temps up to 17˚, just, couple of beefy showers in the morning but then dry, followed by a clear starry evening with a large young moon beautifullty low over the horizon just before setting, 7˚ by 9.30pm, == On second thoughts, I might call my pub The Buddleia :-)
On 13 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚Cat 7.30, cool Wíly wind which blew with variable strength throughout the day, not much sunshine today, though when it happened we at least got 16˚ for a short while, down to 11˚ by 9.30pm. Autumn has arrived: we heard our first geese today, didnít manage to catch sight of them as the flew over somewhere nearby. This means that the swallows wonít be long in leaving, maybe another week or so. If I owned a pub up here I would call it the Goose & Swallow, they cross over every spring and autumn. == With Buddleias we see admirals, peacocks, small tortoise shells, painted ladies, lilac makes a more handsome shrub but doesnít attract butterflies, so secateurs are an essential accessory for Buddleia :-)
On 13 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

I'm hoping for strange cloudscapes again Craig. Seen a few already but only in practise mode at the moment.............. Lilac is a very similar looking shrub but I believe you only cut back alternate shoots as they take two years to flower. So if the whole thing is cut back you miss a season's worth of flowers. I prefer Lilac as it's a more dense and leafy shrub; not as straggly as the Buddleia.
On 13 Sep 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

Hurricane Florence looks to be weakening but is going to stick around due to placement of ridges so will dump an awful lot of rain, cue the ambulance chasing vultures who ahead of time are blaming climate change. Personally I blame all their salty tears. On a serious note it looks nasty so stay safe. Ex-hurricaine activity looks like it will affect us also. Joe B did say it would be an uptick and did say last year it could be 2 years in a row - based on what has been before. I wonder if we will get some interesting skies again. // Trimmed an old Buddleja bush from 9ft to 3-it still went mental although flowers delayed. Not seen many butterflies this year but more than the last 2-3. =cold early spring+ dought affected food sources? Bees+wasps seem to be doing better. Flies were everywhere but now easing. Like I said before nature always takes advantage when it can.// A cold dull day with speckles of rain & a high of 15įC that cleared. Down to ~6įC now.
On 12 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C at 7.30, clear as a bell practically all day, some lovely cirrus formations, max temp 19˚ which would have been more had it not been for the blustery Wíly wind, great autumn day, 10˚ at 10pm.
On 12 Sep 2018, Kim in Calais wrote:

Drizzling all day (wed) and very cool evenings. Large numbers of butterflies earlier this week feasting on fallen fruit.Also we have located the hornets nest in our roof space, the first indication was a damp/dark patch on the bathroom ceiling and a buzzing noise behind,then we see them entering under tiles, they gnaw the dry wall plasterboard ,so action to be taken pronto !The pest man explained that they also hunt moths at night ,hence the hanging on the window.
On 12 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Rain overnight giving a dull start but it has brightened up a bit now. A cool or even chilly 59F in the City. Yes, Buddleia should be given an annual trim to promote vigour next spring. The difference is that the globosa one should not. Strangely, mine has grown up a bit straggly and needs cutting back and there are little shoots appearing so a good time to do it. The recently planted roses that got munched by deer within 2 days are fighting back with new blooms. One has needed watering, as have a couple of newish trees in the orchard. As the ploughing showed last weekend it is very dry still.
On 12 Sep 2018, C View wrote:

Media having a great time hyping Hurricane Florence with descriptors such as monster storm or storm of a lifetime. Of course this has been much worse in the past such as Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 with 220 mph winds
On 11 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚ C at 7.30, lots of rain overnight, still going this morning until the sun came out around 9am, whereafter we had a fabulously sunny day with a max temp of 19˚, the strong Wíly wind notwithstanding, packing trees now, so not much time to enjoy the sun, 11˚ at 9pm. == That Buddleia story is a real goer :-) Maria, they should be pruned back hard every autumn/winter so that they can put out new shoots in the spring and produce more flowers every year, if you donít they will grow long and straggly and break apart. You can see the new leaf buds/leaflets already now, each one of these will make a new shoot next year with flowers at the tip of them. Fewer shoots/branches means bigger flowers.
On 11 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

* buddleia sorry my bad !-) Interesting hurricane watching at the moment, I wonder if a busy season this time around.
On 11 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Worst of the showers passed through with a blustery wind over the course of the weekend, grey and drizzly on n off the last 2 days, maybe a couple of moments where the sun grinned through but you'd miss it if you blinked. On the chilly side of 15 deg. with a real feel of 13. Still jumping out to do jobs in between showers as I'm feeling the pressure of getting so far behind tho making happy headway !-) Talking of Buddleja we have a purple and a white one that look really awful since storms last year, can you prune them and if so how much and when? Butterflies have disappeared here too, where do they go!?
On 11 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Buddleia used to be seen all along the railway but the past few years has seen a massive clearance countrywide. They tend to leave them near the stations for aesthetics I guess.........Toward the end of the heatwave the numbers of butterflies and insects went through the roof. As soon as the temperature dropped off again, the butterflies and insects all but disappeared......The rain keeps missing us as usual, so only getting occasional dampness and drizzle.
On 10 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, a mostly cloudy day which produced rain only in the evening, SWíly wind, 16˚ max temp and down to 12˚ by 9.30pm.
On 10 Sep 2018, DaveT wrote:

Yesterday evening Zeebrugge was a nice and warm 25C as we boarded the ferry to Hull. Hull was a lot cooler when we arrived this morning. I actually had to wear a real shirt and she put a fleece on for the ride home.
On 10 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Another fine day so far with lots of sun and 66F in town so far. Lovely weather to work in compared to the summer heat. Paul Homewood has been busy again exposing the MetO's hottest summer evah claim. You just knew it would be rotten to the core. Iceage comments on the lack of US icebreakers, especially compared to Russia. Now which one believes the warmist crap and which doesn't? Only saw white butterflies over the weekend but it was quite breezy.
On 10 Sep 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

GFS now back to predicting a run of polar maritime air with a particularly cool spell towards the end of the month--expect warm south-easterlies in due course!
On 09 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

I have a globosa. I had no idea what it was when these little fragrant yellow balls appeared. They don't last as long. Nice red sky to end the day along with some hooting tawny owls. Breeze dropped as the sun set.
On 09 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C overnight, 12˚ at 7.30, drizzle & fog but brightening by midday to leave us with yet another sunny and really warm afternoon, 22˚ max again, with a fresh WSWíly wind, lovely clear evening with 10˚ at 9pm, cloudier and cooler prospect for tomorrow. == On Buddleias, there is also another variety, globosa, which has honey scented orange ball shaped flowers about an inch in diameter and flowering May/June, never seen many insects on them though.
On 09 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

The default colour for Buddleia is purple and Davidii has the most nectar so it the most attractive to butterflies. I presume the breeding of hybrids has lessened this. Roses have been so cultivated that they have lost most of their nectar so just end up looking pretty. If Davidii is the most common then I would presume it would be the one along the railways. The former 3rd platform at my home station is thick with it. I have self seeded ones in my garden but interestingly in the pation has sprouted one with a white flower among the purple. All my others are purple. They are amazing as they grow out of the bridge parapets and cutting walls. Main source of info - Monty Don. Sunny spells with quite a breeze today.
On 08 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Ah yes, the new concrete sleepers. So are the Davidii the same as those on the railways Gerry?
On 08 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, overcast but brightening up soon enough to leave us with a positively hot day for this time of year, max temp 22˚, wind turning from the N into the SE and quieting down by evening, beautiful starlit sky with barely a cloud, 10˚ by 10.30pm. == Russ, too many questions I canít answer but what I would suggest is the importance of the general environment, i.e. stations & sidings generally are in towns where the atmosphere, plant cover, lack of wide open spaces is less conducive to a large butterfly population than out in the country. Buddleia certainly thrives in dry conditions with little to no soil, might even like iron?
On 08 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Nice day for the ploughing match. A bit of early sun then overcast but bright. The ground was too dry for good ploughing as the soil was crumbly and didn't leave good furrows. See how it is next Saturday at the next match. Buddleia - how strange that Monty Don covers this in today's Mail supplement. Davidii is the one best for butterflies. There are plants all along the railway lines. They like lime hence the attraction to mortar.
On 08 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paddy....interesting. I see plenty on mainline stations but as you say far less between stations. So maybe the high speed of the trains kills many butterflies. Could it be the diesel fumes and burned oil smoke that puts them off? Are you suggesting that the excess iron in the ground alters the fertility of the Buddleia so they produce less pollen maybe? Do the butterflies require different types of pollen, if so, and there are no other flowers nearby, maybe this could put them off? Funny thing is, I don't see hover-flies or bees on the railway Buddleia strange! Could it be that they are all female plants and don't have pollen....or some such oddity?........ I see the Melt Office have changed their wet & windy Sunday to fine & sunny.....nothing new there then!.....Quite a few unexpected cold snaps and snow falls across the world.
On 07 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, somewhat milder than yesterday morning and after the early cloud had dissipated, shaping up into a late summer/early autumn day with a max temp of 19˚ the WNWíly wind notwithstanding, 13˚ at 9.30pm. == Russ, re buddleia, that was me: yes, they are ubiquitous anywhere in Europe on railway sidings - but not heavily used mainlines - which are not the most conducive environment for butterflies, too much fine iron particles that donít allow anything else to grow, whereas in gardens & parks itís a different story.
On 07 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Met forecasting is not so accurate this week, 2 days ago headlines saying say the weather this weekend should be surprisingly good, also on 6th met say massive change on way as temps to plummet to 2deg tonight (we had 6 deg ) then 7th met predicts temp of 18 deg but persistent rain on the way this wkend!-) ah well lucky we have Piers in times of confusion 😂 Yesterday the weather changed to drizzly showers a few heavy, good day to get away from work and recharge same today despite dry morning max 17 deg. 12 now and cloudy at 9.18pm
On 07 Sep 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) wrote:

I see a waterspout has been reported off Llandudno today. Generally cool and light showers around here today, with a fresh west to north west breeze.
On 07 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Ron.... I know this moon phase thingy isn't chiselled in stone but full moon is around the 24th of Sept I think. I will go with calm and frosty from the 22nd through to about the 28th. Today we are almost at new moon and the Met forecast is for wet & windy around Sunday. I'll go with that too. More likely than not I would say. ..... The big dams at Ladybower west of Sheffield are at about 40% of total capacity. But all the major tributaries are flowing nicely. The Howden Dam was being drained in to the Derwent, which is the one used for supply. Are they expecting heavy rain and a quick top up?.....Who was it mentioned Buddleia the other day and butterflies? The railways have a big problem with Buddleia taking over at the track sides. Thousands upon thousands of shrubs yet hardly a butterfly in sight. So why are they called 'the butterfly bush'? Wrong type of Buddleia?....Keep seeing an occasional Swallow but no families.
On 06 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

5˚C at 7.30, seriously cold after the high temps of not long ago, but all in a dayís work, beautiful sunny morning with a brisk NWíly wind which helped the paint to dry while I was watching it (only kidding, I do have a life), max temp a respectable 18˚, showery afternoon but most of them missed us, 8˚ by 9pm.
On 06 Sep 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire wrote:

Huge Earthquake off Fiji this evening. I note Piers posted on Twitter yesterday that we enter a five day R4 this evening.
On 06 Sep 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

Aye, GFS backtracking on polar maritime out break from 18th, but still going for a fairly vigorous outbreak on the 22nd. Expect further vascillation
On 06 Sep 2018, DaveT wrote:

19:05 one hour ago we arrived in Besancon in hammering rain and flooded roads. Happily the big Hardley-Ableson is unfazed by going through 6 inch deep floods even though the riders damn near drowned!
On 05 Sep 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub) wrote:

A chilly 5 deg.this morning warming up to 8 by 8.30 a.m just had a t-shirt on and it was fresh without a jumper, the tiny one had a coat and hat on over her sleepsuit and looked snug as a bug baby in the baby carrier whilst we walked kids to the bus, the breeze again keeping it cooler today but some sunny spells increasing the temp after lunch a bit. Max 18deg cloud and drizzle this eve. temp still 12 deg at 11.30pm a true see saw up n down contrast of temps this week.
On 05 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C at 7.30, feeling chilly under a clear blue sky but the sun soon making temps rise to a max of 19˚ again in the afternoon, all this in a Síly breeze, perfect for painting a wooden building so that it could dry reasonably well before the rain arrived around 9pm by which time we had 12˚.
On 05 Sep 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

GFS going for a sharp polar maritime outbreak 19-22 September, so equinox snow for the Highland tops id true. However we know how 'off' GFS can be--their warm easterly flow for this week went for a Burton.
On 05 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

What a pleasant evening it was in Shoreham - OK helped by a 2-1 win. Some light rain this morning but dry once in town and now much brighter. I had to pinch myself reading about how a sensible and knowledgeable person had written a climate report for the EU. A farmer who is far more in tune with the environment that some snowflake environmentalist living in Islington. note how the local knowledge of the Inuit was ignored by the polar bear alarmists, who live in a warm environment as opposed to hunting in the Arctic. With Australia now having a debate about energy costs and heading towards dumping windmills etc., sadly that leaves us on our own as committing energy suicide, on top of the Brexit economic suicide.
On 05 Sep 2018, eastside wrote: Incredible to look at this video. It proves the absence of debate,the "science is settled" quasi religious fervour of the EU versus a REAL WORLD, farmer who realised the "climate change" hoax made him lose lots of money in his crops. The greens had nothing to answer but HOT AIR, and these EU nutters are actually dictating the same FAILED policies, in favour of reducing exactly the gas (at immense subsidised costs) which makes the plants grow!!!
On 04 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

7˚C at 7.30, feeling really cold after that blissful weekend, cloudy and still with a Níly breeze that gradually turned into the SE, bright afternoon though with a max temp of 19˚, clear starlit evening, 11˚ at 9.30pm. == Butterflies galore here as well, not many admirals but a huge number of peacocks; weíve planted lots of budleyas over the years and they are mobbed, especially when the sun is out.
On 04 Sep 2018, Kim in Calais wrote:

Tues, humid/drizzly here ,we also have lots of butterflies of different varieties ,a tiny sky blue one I've not seen before and at night,quiet a lot of hornets banging on the window, purhaps they had a good summer feasting on other insects and that has boosted their numbers (along with the wasps) Yes Maria, now it's the perfect time and temperature to get out and do some DIY
On 04 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Butterflies? Yes, lots of whites around in the garden at the moment. Just after sunset a chorus of owls started up which I was told last year will be the juveniles getting ready to set off to a territory. Cool again this morning with cloud that persisted all the way into the City. Brightened up now to be 65F at 2pm. Looking forward to a pleasant evening and a cup game at Shoreham.
On 04 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

A fresh 6 deg. start to the new school term due to clear sky the sun was with us from the get go, not as warm as met said would be last week but dry and breezy, great day for doing jobs I couldn't do last year, so good to be up a ladder again even the tiny one was amused watching from her pram while I played with the muck in the gutters and wrestled with overgrown climbers, we also saw a ton of butterfly's today, have not seen as many in around 9 or 10 years. Max on the cooler side of 17 deg Clear night and 6 deg just after Midnight.
On 03 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30 with a Níly breeze and drizzle until early afternoon, big change from yesterday, such is autumn. Drier thereafter and only a slight brightening on the western horizon in the evening, max temp barely 13˚, down to 11˚ again by 9pm.
On 03 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

It might not be a heatwave but the fine end to August and start to September is as Piers forecast. Slight traces of fog this morning as the day began cool but is now 72F in the City. With the MetO trying to claim this summer tops 1976, and the other surprising claim that 2003 and 2006 were mere 100ths of a degree from 1976 set me wondering about what might have changed. Airports are always on the stations list because pilots always need to know about the weather. Being near Gatwick one thing noticeable by its absence is turbo-prop aeroplanes. So much so that I snapped one flying over a show in May. Significant? Yes, as jets must have replaced them and I suspect create more heat. And the number of flights is up from 1976. Meanwhile earliest snow on record in Japan.
On 02 Sep 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Saturday early morning looked like there had been some light showers whilst we were all asleep, a nice enough day for the start of Autumn, a good mix of sunshine and cloud max temp 19 deg. Today some sunshine for a time this morning but soon clouded over and drizzly showers this afternoon, high humidity max 20 deg then showery on n off & breezy tonight 12 deg. @ 10.10pm
On 02 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, overcast & foggy start but brightening up soon enough to leave a warm, almost hot day with a stiff Síly breeze which stopped temps rising to more than 23˚, still pretty brilliant for this time of year, and still 17˚ at 9pm. Change to cooler on the way tomorrow according to Beebomet.
On 02 Sep 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire wrote:

Another very accurate forecast for August, the current heat at the end of the month arrived two or three days late but the calm high pressure weather that heralded it was right on schedule, the rest of the monuhs forecast was pretty well bang on with the mainstream forecasts inaccurate at times even on the day, as I noted one lunchtime, as I studied the weather app on my phone one day in London - telling me that it would be cloudy all day as the sun beat down on me from a sky with only patchy cloud. WELL DONE PIERS! I would be interested to know whether Piers could forecast the probability of a Carrington event at any particular time. Unlike AGW and other sources of fashionable false doom we know that such an event WILL happen again. Does the minimum we are heading in for herald such an event as well as weather that will make fools of the warmists in the coming decades?
On 01 Sep 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, overcast, SWíly wind blowing all day but warm nevertheless with a max temp of 21˚ and a nice slot of sunshine in mid afternoon. Out at a gig tonight, still 18˚ at 8pm, 13˚ at midnight. == Dean Powell, no surprises there, par for the course in your neck of the woods, weíve seen light frost at the end of August as well in certain years, even though weíre close to the N Sea.
On 01 Sep 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

From a chilly start after a clear night a nice warm day. Apparently, we have just had the warmest summer according to the MetO. For those of us around in 1976 this is something of a surprise. But then the MetO is one of those tasked with backing up the IPCC global warming claims along with the Australian BOM and US NASA & NOAA. Ironic that lots of cold records have been set in Australia but they will correct them once nobody is looking.
On 01 Sep 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

And the first snow of summer in Turkey? ...>> <<...
On 31 Aug 2018, Dean Powell wrote:

Well, first frost of autumn this morning here in the N E Cairngorms! Had to scrape frost off windscreen at 7am....sign of things to come ?
On 31 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

You know when Autumn has crept up on you when your walking down the garden in the morning in flip flops and your feet are wet n cold n slide and squelch till you take off the flip flops and walk bare feet as its easier than trying to steer the feet in them. Well water extra cold to brush teeth too! Chilly clear starts, loads of stars last night well pretty. 8 deg. 7.30a.m some sunny spells but cloudy too today max 18/19 the parky sse breeze seems to have dropped off and milder 14 deg tonight. say storm to far out to forecast and other sites downplaying as click bait so who knows.
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On 31 Aug 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) 45 d sub wrote:

August ends as a dry month, drier than July for here 30.4 mm of rain. Unlike July, the rain has been lighter and fallen on more days( compared to July downpours we experienced) Strangelyfor August We saw our second windiest day of the year here , on Sat 15th as Ernesto blew through in the afternoon. Piers , still not got access to the Sept forecast, could you or the blog moderator email me it while access is sorted. Thanks
On 31 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

6˚C at 7.30, autumnally misty and then slowly clearing to leave a beautiful sunny and blustery day with a strong Síly wind and a max temp of 19˚, even warmer out of the wind. Calmer evening with 12˚ at 9pm. Great weather for the grain harvest
On 31 Aug 2018, Kim in Calais wrote:

Warm autumn days very cool nights here so we actually lit a fire.Plenty of rain and the grass is again green and growing furiously. This Autumn seems more bountiful in the veg/fruit gardens and hedgerows ,is this Mother Nature reacting from the tough summer or anticipating another harsh winter? So, thinking ahead I ebayed some snow shoe grippers,a wind up lantern and radio , now I just need some long woollen socks.
On 31 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

There was no heatwave at 7:30am this morning I can tell you. Walking the dog up a steep sided narrow valley and my hands were going numb. I couldn't believe how cold it was. A real icy breeze too. Lots of fog around which was very slow to clear; plenty still lingering around 10am. Nice sunny day though, so I guess in the heat-trap of old London town it could seem quite warm. I wonder if the far north of Scotland will get some seriously early snow flurries by the end of September? The speed at which temperatures have fallen, nothing would surprise me.
On 31 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Foggy this morning and cool but the sun came through and a nice day so far. Should be a nice evening for football. Joe Bastardi has commented that he has seen patterns common with 1962 and some of us know where that went. If we did a frozen winter lasting into April we will be on the brink for power cuts as we lose the gas and electricity interconnectors from 30 March. Interesting timing.
On 30 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C at 7.30 with a chilly Wíly wind but still followed by a beautiful sunny day, mellow fruitfulness & all that, max temp here 20˚, a bit cooler inland near Aboyne - which is often the coolest or warmest of Britain on certain days, was about 1˚ min temp a few weeks back - less windy in afternoon, 9˚ at 9pm.
On 30 Aug 2018, Ray wrote:

Don't know if its been noted on here already, but Big Joe Bastardi has recently gone public with a stormy and increasingly cold & snowy winter 2018/19 forecast for most of the U.S - In fact, given his own South America linking analogues, he fears it may well be a VERY cold U.S. winter.
On 30 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

It is the mere occurrence of snow that in what the alarmists claim is the warmest period since records began that is the notable thing. A pleasant day so far with blue sky and sunshine but is only 66F so far in the City and that is cool for a summer's day. I suggested before that the cold Atlantic might be pulling temperature down when the systems come in from the west. By contrast during the heatwave Joe Bastardi pointed out that they were crossing the only warm patch in the Atlantic.
On 30 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Ireland could be hit by the effects of a storm as strong or stronger than Ophelia in the coming fortnight is the news today, apparently tropical cyclone in N Atlantic with a central pressure of 943mb equiv. to cat.4 whats your take Piers is it possible to cause disruption in time for your Sept. R4 period and therefore more ramped up than met forecasters predict?
On 30 Aug 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Gerry, a translation from July 2018 monthly report of Swiss Avalanche Service ( 1) Three precipitation events had snow falling above 2900m, 3200m and 3000m. 2) Freezing point rarely below 3500m and often above 4000m (graph supplied in article). 3) April-July 2018 was the fourth driest+warmest since 1864 when records began. 4) Of all the automatic snow measurement stations above 2000m in the SLF network, almost 100% had snow beginning of May, c. 70% had snow beginning of June, 10% had snow beginning of July and all were snow-free around July 15th. So Switzerland has had a similar summer to SE England in statistical terms.
On 30 Aug 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Gerry at nearly 3000m atop the Zugspitze you can get snow any day of the year. Nothing unusual about that event: if you have been climbing in the Alps in summer you know all about that. Snow down to 2000m is not unusual, it is below 1000m that only occurs occasionally. There was a dusting in Salzburgerland that low, but nothing like the 1981 event. Just weather, not median weather, but certainly within the envelope of normality.
On 29 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Ps cheers Kim for info back 😉 Also interesting reading all the comments on berries, have been looking into all the different berries as happened to get back into eating some Blueberries whilst blitzing up a few to put in some natural unsweetened yoghurt for the tiny one, our son has taken a liking to them too, must have a look at the Aronia sounds good. Got back into mixed seeds too lately and tried Chia seeds for the first time, they appear to give a boost of energy and good for workout or running days.
On 29 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

7 deg early this morn. Felt fresh and autumnal nice clear start and some good sunny spells warming it up to max 18 by lunch time. Cloud moved on in as the day moved on. 10 deg with a dew point of 8 at 11pm looks like 6 again overnight and we have just succumb to flicking on the heating for the tiny one overnight so it comes on if needed, cold titchy feet this morning told us the time hath come despite the calendar, also first time the bedroom has registered 16 deg since early May, those carefree days of covers off seeming like a distant memory already :-) We too have weather forecasts of heatwave on the horizon in the news..
On 29 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, overnight rain followed by a nice sunny day with an occasionally blustery Wíly wind, ideal for the big painting job we had to do, max temp 21˚ and still 12˚ by 9pm.
On 29 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Did you say heatwave Gerry? I just let the dog up the garden as of 8pm and couldn't believe how cold it was. Can't see the leaves staying green for long now.....It was warm in the sun earlier but what's new?
On 29 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

No sign of the heatwave on the forecast so far with a cool cloudy morning running into rain on the way into London and finally clearing to give sunny spells. Just up to 64F so far. I am always loathe to criticise as Piers operates on nothing like the budget of others but having the 45 day forecast only just appear instead of the stated 15th does make it of questionable use for planning ahead. it seems that the fluffy white global warming is alive and well in the Alps with a fall of TEN inches on the Zugspitze - Germany's highest mountain. I had 4ins of snow there in a summer in the late 90s. And yet this is the warmest period evah so they claim. It also seems snow is coming to some of the US states as well. And in Kerala, the floods seem to have a human element in that 80+ rivers have dams and the opening of the gates has made it all worse. Bad management often crops up where rivers are controlled.
On 29 Aug 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub) wrote:

Glad we made the most of the heatwave when it was here :) Since last post we had a few sunny days lots of rain on n off to green everything back up some windyish spells and a cooler few autumn type nights recently, back to rain tonight & 12 deg. Just after midnight.
On 28 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, bright morning but cloudy afternoon, 18˚ max which was not bad, SWíly breeze, 12˚ at 10pm.
On 28 Aug 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) wrote:

Hi Piers I renewed my 45d subscription on Saturday but messed up the log in. I sent you an email on Sunday asking if you could arrange for it to reset the user name. Can you sort this please, I'm planning some out door work later in month but could do with the forecast to assist planning thanks bill
On 27 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Sloes can be used in beer to make something similar to kriek. Spot on forecast for the weekend with rain passing over yesterday and then clearing today. Not much sun though but at least our local show got a good turnout today judging by the queues leaving the car parks.
On 27 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, feeling cold but the bright morning soon put paid to that, in spite of a light NWíly breeze it got up to 22˚ max, cloud cover in the afternoon but still 13˚ at 10pm. == Mark, youíre right but it has to be well into autumn before sloe lose their sour/bitter taste, I do remember some years ago eating a few towards the end of October. == RON, yes, I know about chokeberry, I first heard about this bush from my cousin in the French-speaking part of Switzerland where it is referred to as Aronia.
On 27 Aug 2018, Mark Hall wrote:

Piers, You should perhaps pull your Europe 45 day service. It has only properly hit the streets ( in the middle of the preceding month) a couple of times since I subscribed. Just call it what it is .... a 30 day projection published at the end of the month. Paddy, Russ, Ron, Eating raw sloes in the autumn whilst on a ramble is not such an ordeal. Quite nice really. And they make excellent jam filling for Bakewell Tart like puddings. Just squeeze the flesh through a colendar after cooking and stir in some sugar.
On 27 Aug 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

PADDY: note your comments on Sloes and I remind you that the common name for Aronia is 'Chokeberry'., but OK if you tun them into jams, muffins, chutneys or into a liqueur!
On 26 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, overcast and cool, rain setting in shortly after and continuing through most of the morning, drier interlude after midday with a max temp of 16˚, rain again from 5pm into the evening, 10˚ at 10.30pm, very autumnal. == Russ, sloe are so astringent theyíll close every orifice in your body and possibly all the doors in your house :-), frost on them is definitely good advice.
On 26 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Thanks for the link Paddy......... There's a place 10 miles from us set in a deep and narrow valley where there are about 15 million tons of Sloe berries (slight exaggeration). They are fat and dark and they look ripe but it is said you must leave them until the first frosts. Some say that picking when the right colour then freezing them will mimic frost and reduce any bitterness. Any advice on Sloes?....... We missed out on the Hazelnuts again - bumper crop too - due to some locals stripping the whole place, which they do every year. A case of critical timing. If I were to use the car to check them several times a week, it would cost more in fuel than it would to buy the nuts. Lots of lovely rain today for several hours.
On 25 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C at 7.30, not surprising in view of the Níly wind but turning into a sunny if blustery day with a shower every now and then. With a max temp of 18˚ it actually was a very pleasant autumn day with a clear and cool evening, 9˚ at 9pm. == Well connected, Russ, I thought of that similarity as well after I had posted, both of the same cloth.
On 25 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Beebomet made me think of Baphomet. Many similarities between the two organisations especially when considering the bee prefix! Birds of a feather 'swarm' together, in a manner of speaking.
On 24 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

7˚C overnight, 9˚ at 7.30, lovely sunny start but we didnít have long to wait for the first shower, they came and went all day, carried along on a NWíly breeze but were not too heavy, so it was possible to get on with outside work, max temp 18˚ and warmer in sheltered parts, lovely almost full moon tonight, 9˚ at 10pm. == RON, thanks, thought so, many shrubs & trees need frost to germinate. Russ: go here for juice
On 24 Aug 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

PADDY: Aye, I usually plant them late September. You can expect germination April-July!! They're infamous for erratic germination. Still an autumn feel here. Like the term 'Beebomet'--a good successor species to Mobeeb. Still sounds Star Trek/Dr Who bad guys.
On 24 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Thanks for the health tip of eating aronia berries. Being officially old now, I guess it's something I ought to be ingesting. Being a veggiesaurus I already eat loads of fruit but mostly berries as these are high in essential nutrients......... I concur that the Met kept predicting widespread rain, heavy too, and after about 5 or 6 wrong forecasts we eventually saw some steady drizzle. I'm not sure about those bonuses they keep getting for accuracy but if I were paid bonuses for getting my job right, I'd be a millionaire by now but isn't that what you are paid for in the first place? If I got paid for getting things wrong all the time like the Met do, why, life would be awesome every day without even trying!! Damn! Should have been a meteorologist....... Not sure what happened to the heatwave lasting until October either...that was a very bold prediction for the UK... d:^)
On 23 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, brrr (well, relatively), SWíly wind all day, according to the Beebomet we had a 95% chance of heavy rain all morning but we had not a drop, whereas the afternoon which was supposed to be sunny had quite a downpour for a while, though it brightened up nicely after 3pm, followed by a glorious evening - we can see stars again - and 14˚ at 10pm. == RON, thanks for the info - would autumn be the best time to sow them so they can get the frost to germinate? I ordered some just now.
On 23 Aug 2018, DaveT wrote:

Still no sign of the September 45 day Europe forecast. We're on the boat to Bilboa Sunday evening and it would be nice to know what the weather will be like for riding the Harley back up through France...
On 23 Aug 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

PADDY: I grow them from seed. You can get 1000 seeds for a tenner and 5,000 for 20 quid from It'll be at least 2 seasons before you get fruit. You can also get potted plants from various online source at various prices.
On 23 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Huge offshore earthquake recorded in Oregon. R period at work?
On 23 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

I am already laughing and have not even yet read any of the government's 'no deal' papers as news from Paul Homewood of another failed attempt to sail the North West Passage comes to an early end due to...I think you can guess...too much ice! LOL Allegedly they learnt lessons but as we have seen with Brexit some people are willfully ignorant. As with many things, the ozone hole monitoring has barely scratched the surface of time so we have no idea what 'normal' or 'average' means which allowed the scam to unfold. Cloudy this morning with rain just coming after I got to the office. But now that has cleared and it is bright with some sun but just 64F. Looking ahead on Ventusky using GFS, GEM and ICON I found it odd that where one model has rain all over the SE for Sunday another can have none at all. Am I wrong to think that they should be closer? Or is the SE too small an area for them to be close?
On 22 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

16˚C at 7.30, it was even 18˚ in town earlier on when I had to take my wife to the airport, light rain off and on all morning with practically no wind, so it didnít move along much. SWíly breeze set in later in the morning and by mid afternoon the sun finally came out, max temp 18˚, clouding over again by 8pm, 13˚ at 9pm, definite autumnal feel. == RON, thanks for the info, Iíve been looking up aroniaís health benefits, I think they are tailor made for us oldies :-) - where did you get your plants from? == Mark Hall, thanks for the info re CFCs, didnít know that, yet another instance where weíve been had, Iím sure you didnít find that out through the mainstream media.
On 22 Aug 2018, Mark Hall wrote:

The original Ozone Hole scam was easily debunked by Sally Baliunas and can be seen as the precursor to the modern CO2 fraud. It was convenient for Dow Chemicals and the Dupont Corporation to push the lie as patents on CFCs were about to expire. So it was that two of their scientists alerted the world to this "catastrophe". But in reality Ozone is created in the plasma bursts provided by lightning in the atmosphere. And destroyed by Stratospheric cooling. Nothing to do with CFCs and anyway these compounds are supremely soluble in water and are washed out of the atmosphere in no time. Despite these facts the Montreal Protocal was adopted in 1987 and Dow/Dupont were able to "save the world" with their new HFC patents! Hooray for progress!
On 22 Aug 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

PADDY: Yes they do and I was picking some yesterday that is going into my neighbour's gin liqueur ( very health giving, you know). They're very tough indeed and can grow in quite poor soils. They are easy to grow from seed, but the germination process is weird and all over the place. They are also easy to transplant. The autumn colours are gorgeous too.
On 21 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, still, overcast and getting foggier as the morning wore on, SEíly wind starting up and we had 3 Ds day: damp, drizzly & dreich, this went on until about 7pm when it started clearing and warming up, max temp 17˚ during the day and then still 16˚ at 9pm & feeling really mild. ==RON: does your aronia produce harvestable berries? I have a Swiss cousin who swears by their antioxidant & other powers. If they fruit well in Highland Perthshire they would do even better here.
On 21 Aug 2018, Paul Bedfordshire wrote:

App forecasting cloudy for today even at Lunchtime. Bit odd as it was broken cloud with sun shining through. Now at home with virtually cloudless sky when forecast overcast all day and much hotter than mainstream forecasts. Except one of course that was spot on from a month out
On 21 Aug 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

PADDY: Aye Euonymus, Sorbus commixta Asian maples and Aronia all colouring up extra early this year ( in part from long dry spell?) Even Metbeeb mentioning first taste of frost at the end of the week. Might even be snow for Ben Nevis too. Not likely to last long, but summer is over.
On 21 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Was warm on the way home and even with the windows open in the bedroom it was still 75F on retiring to do a bit of reading. So fan on to lose a bit of heat down to 70F and easier to sleep. Some cloud around to start but a lot more sun now and coming up to 2pm it is 74F in the City. Looking for a pleasant evening to watch football and a good result would be nice. Put a fleece in the car as it will be chilly by half-time.
On 20 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, Níly breeze & cloudy skies, a definite whiff of autumn, sunny for a couple of hours early afternoon with a max temp of 21˚, but then clouds returned on the back of a strong and cold SWly wind which only abated towards evening, 13˚ at 11pm.
On 20 Aug 2018, Paul Bedfordshire wrote: "Last blast of summer! Britain is set for rollercoaster week with rainy 60F lows but mid-week high of 82F... and Bank Holiday weekend could be a scorcher"
On 20 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

The cloud cleared yesterday afternoon to make it a sunny evening and clear night. Cloud by morning making it warmer and in the City at 2pm it is 74F and a bit humid.
On 20 Aug 2018, stevenwright wright wrote:

sorry to ask but has the 45 day September forecast come out yet
On 19 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, steady rain all morning, cool Níly breeze, dry after midday, max temp 17˚, down to 13˚ again by 9pm. The dog days of August - not.
On 19 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Breezy and overcast yesterday with the sun only breaking through for a while in the early evening. Cool. Overcast again this morning and more windy than breezy. At 10am it is 65F. The plus side is it is fine weather for outside work and I would rather have the sun next weekend. Without the sun beating down I was able to use the lumber saw to cut up firewood for the coming Winter and then split some wood ready for sawing up. The Mail Weekend had C4's Saving Planet Earth:Fixing A Hole as a pick of the day for yesterday with the comment 'Not so long ago, the hole in the ozone layer was regarded as the biggest threat to Earth's environment there had ever been...' well, until they invented Global Warming. I thought it not a good use of my time to watch it as I suspect it comes from the Warmist camp.
On 18 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, alternately cloudy & sunny with a fresh SWíly wind but a reasonably warm day with a max temp of 20˚, down to 14˚ by 9.30pm.
On 17 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, a mostly cloudy day with very few sunny intervals and a fresh and cool SWíly wind, got to 20˚ nevertheless, afternoon and evening being somewhat milder with 14˚ at 10pm.
On 16 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, sunny and windy day from the SW, quite warm with a top temp of 23˚, would have been more but for the wind, shower clouds bubbling up mid afternoon but only a few drops with us, looked darker to the N of us, 11˚ at 10pm.
On 16 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Not much change in the temperature today from alarm time to 2pm. The weather front with the rain is now clearing London to the east and it might even be sunny come home time. Just 63F and the heatwave is just a memory. Still, doesn't stop The Mail giving a full page to the knobhead Micheal Howard - not known as having any skills in meteorology, climatology, or anything really - to spout on about how a bit of warm weather and some fires in dry places where failure to clear the undergrowth has provided an ample fuel source proves global warming is true. Also he tries to claim Baroness Thatcher supported the scam which ignores the fact that in her book she admits she got it wrong and changed her view once she became better informed.
On 16 Aug 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Finally, finally getting a good rainfall event in NW London after 4 months of drought. What good it will do for this years vegetables is unclear. Hopefully celeriac, leeks, potatoes, parsnips and squash will swell happily, but it may have come too late for some.
On 15 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

I find bottles of vodka are a very useful place to store elderberries. Yes, I have had some mouse incursions since moving to my house. You can't beat peanut butter for tempting them into traps and the electrocution tunnel works very well, even leaving burns on the fur of one of them. I think they are either all dead or I have blocked their route in as there were none even during the 'beast from the east' this year.
On 15 Aug 2018, Kim in Calais wrote:

Thanks for all the wasp comments folks,after looking on YT I'm glad we havn't got aisian Hornets😨I'll let them gorge on the greengages As they have worked so hard keeping down the veg pests.So now the first mouse has just got into the house (he has been ejected)but this is usually the first sign of autumn in these parts,purhaps he knows something,so we shall name him Piers
On 15 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, fresh SWíly wind but feeling quite mild out of it and getting to a max of 20˚ n spite of it, cloudy for most of the day bar some late sunshine after 8pm, 15˚ at 9pm.
On 15 Aug 2018, Kim in Calais wrote:

Dear Maria do not take the Elderberry syrup untill fully weaned,and the juice must be boiled,(with or without sugar)Ref =The Healing Power Of Celtic Plants. Angela Paine. ISBN 978-1-905047-62-8 This is a very interesting book and covers the scientific research on the plants. I shall be making the syrup to boost our immune system for the winter, Bon courage!💕
On 15 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Cool start with cloud at home but bright with sunny spells in the City. Alarm time temp 58F and now at 2pm 71F. The Mail claims that it could hit 81F in town this afternoon - well it has a long way to go in the next couple of hours so looks unlikely. Global warming attack dog Bob Ward has had his IPSO complaint against Booker rejected. The subject was the recent cold US winter which was one of the couple of recent ones that were 'disappeared' by NOAA as part of their fiddling. The funny thing was Booker's piece referred to other warmists far from claiming the cold winter never happened but that is was proof of global warming!
On 14 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Drizzly at times a glimpse or 2 of sun but mostly cloudy and v. humid max 22 deg 15 deg now at 11.40pm this seems to be the theme last couple days, heres hoping for a return to full sun :)
On 14 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, bright, sunny but coolish morning, brief period of light rain around 2pm and getting markedly muggy & warm with a max of 23˚, SWíly breeze all day, still 16˚ at 10pm, feels like summer has returned for a little bit.
On 14 Aug 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire (subscriber) wrote:

Hmmm. We will see....
On 14 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Cooler weather continuing. 58F this morning rising to 72F at 2pm in the City. Lawn now looking like it is worth dusting off the mower to give it a cut. If you have fruit then then the wasps are probably less welcome than if you are growing brassicas.
On 13 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚ C at 7.30, rain & fog from the start, had to go to Dundee this morning, rain all the way there and halfway back, brightening up somewhat in the afternoon with a max temp of 21˚ and a constant ESEíly wind, 14˚ at 10pm and still, feeling mild. ==Russ, I donít know what to say as this is not my speciality, however, waterlogged fields is also not good, that could be the reason for the initial stunted growth, plants off to a bad start and could not be righted by however much sunshine. Straw will be in short supply this winter, thatís for sure. Waterlogging can also cause the roots of plants to shut down so that now water circulates internally and then they look as if they were suffering under drought conditions, Iíve seen this when we used to grow acres of lettuce.
On 13 Aug 2018, Andy B 45D wrote:

Weather forecast about on track for August heavy rain a bit further south than forecast we have had 40mm here in last 24 hrs, I think it was the R5 effect
On 13 Aug 2018, @Piers_Corbyn (twitter) London, Chief forecaster wrote:

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On 13 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paddy.... some detail. Many crops like wheat and barley were late growing due to waterlogged ground and cold winds. Many fields had stunted growth, noticeably shorter than previous years. But as soon as the heatwave hit everything started to ripen, or at least it looked that way as the crops turned golden brown very quickly. At least one field of barley had green stems but golden tops for several weeks. But after what seemed like an eternity, the crops were still there, and this has left me thinking that the unusual weather has spoiled the crops, so if they are to be used for animal feed say, it perhaps won't matter much when it's harvested. When the rain did come, the farmers seemed reluctant to rush out and harvest. Do you go with the spoiled crop hypothesis?
On 12 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub ) wrote:

Sorry Kim re read thought you said not many wasps but yeah makes a change here as we usually get a fair amount!
On 12 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Ps seen very few wasps here too kim, also quick question can you use the elderberry syrup when your feeding a baby or is it best to avoid until fully weaned and onto alternative milk after a year old?
On 12 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, overcast and a SEíly wind, which was the theme of the day, bits & pieces of rain from 10.30 onwards, max temp 16˚, quite a change from what we have become used to - concur with you there, Ron, first frost can often come late August - , 13˚ at 9pm. == Russ, re cereal crops, according to a farmer I spoke to some weeks ago, if there is not enough moisture while the grain is setting during the green growing phase, no amount of rain will make any difference once it begins to ripen, so not sure why the farmers down your way waited for the rain, that usually means additional drying costs. == Kim in Calais, we had very few wasps this year, whereas last year I had to destroy 8 bikes round the farm; I donít mind one or two but that was too many. Also very few crane flies (Daddy Longlegs) so far.
On 12 Aug 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire (subscriber) wrote:

Don't knock the wasps Kim. One year on my allotment I was pulling my hair out over caterpillars and sundry other brassica eating insects. Luckily there was a wasp nest nearby and they did a better job than any chemical could have in days!
On 12 Aug 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub) wrote:

I believe 0 deg. In Co Down last night, brrr a reminder of summer being short but sweet. Been busy getting ready for family arriving from Cornwall so they all arrived safely I think during an R5 and said the ferry was a much smoother sailing than they had anticipated. Some heavy downpours here though. Humid and light showers by day glimpses of sun and blue sky and cloud and 21/22 cooler by night a few nights ago and 6deg reached one early morning. Meat and salad to save calories to re live my childhood with some clotted cream, best cream ever invented :-)
On 12 Aug 2018, Kim in Calais wrote:

Lovely weather now, warm,sunny but not screaming hot,and a few showers,best harvest ever on our veg garden, beets,cabbages,leeks,courgetts,carrots and both French and runner bean (just to be on the safe side)and it looks like a bumper crop of raspberries, We think this has been helped by a good covering of wood chips put on when WA predicted the long dry spell,the plants gave a visible sigh of relief,we have yet to discover the spuds,lots of butterflies, bees and unfortunately wasps,we don't spray here,does anyone know why so many wasps this year?If anyone's interested Elderberries make a powerful antioxidant syrup for the winter,
On 12 Aug 2018, Steve,Dorset, UK sub wrote:

Piers summer forecasting has been quite brilliant it has enabled me to keep up with the garden nicely, the hosepipes have had a rest this last few days which is good, dull overcast day with drizzle and the odd burst of heaver rain all doing wonders for the grass which is getting greener as i write, i was cutting the butterfly field when the weather changed it turned from very dusty to now wet have to wait for the return of the warm dry piers has mentioned, enjoy.
On 12 Aug 2018, Andy B 45D wrote:

Weather forecast about on track for August heavy rain a bit further south than forecast we have had 40mm here in last 24 hrs, I think it was the R5 effect
On 12 Aug 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

Yes, quite autumnal here, but it's less than 3 weeks from autumn in any case. As my old uncle once said to a friend in Cheshire 'aye, but in Scotland you know when it's August'.
On 12 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paul.....thanks for clearing that up. Rusty as a graveyard gate I am.......Paddy.... no apogeloguise nesesery. I was only taking the pee out of my own inability to come up with something more coherent d;^) ....... Ooh it's gone very wet, with steady but very light rain, on and off for many hours. Looks like more but heavier stuff on the way for later on Sunday afternoon....... Very strange watching the cereal crops from week to week. Many of them seeming to ripen early but in the drought conditions. Farmers apparently waited until some rain fell before harvesting. I can only assume the plants needed moisture to complete the ripening cycle....true or false?
On 11 Aug 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire (subscriber) wrote:

A most pleasant day here and on the edge of the west midlands with warm sunshine all morning giving way to increasing cloud but still well and truly warm enough in shirtsleeves in an open section of a non league football ground. Rain at the end of the day but not excessively heavy. The latin is literally 'weather lies must be destroyed' and was inspired by Piers 'the global warming hoax must be destroyed' which I suspect was itself inspired by Cato the elder who ended all his speeches with Carthago Delenda Est (Carthage Must Be Destroyed).
On 11 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, a fairly cloudy day but with nice bits of sunshine in between and a max temp of 20˚, NW- SEíly breeze, dry in spite of occasional really dark clouds, 13˚ at 8.30pm. == Russ, I was referring to northern Britain rather than oop north, I do apogeloguise fro mah errant; being thick all the same though :-)
On 11 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Autumnal. 10.30am and just 62F. After nudging 90 in the City earlier it only managed mid 60s yesterday with the rain. Thurs evening a storm passed right over my house. Short and sharp with thunder and lightning. With the supposed increase in extreme weather Lords lost a whole day of play in a test match for 17 yrs. After seeing the pic of the lake yesterday all credit to the ground staff for mopping it up and having good drainage - and to Anderson for not needing many overs either. When Joe Bastardi was pointing out the warm area in the Atlantic that was providing our hot weather he also showed that the majority was below the anomaly point. Does this have something to do with the fresh weather that has come in from the west? The flash floods in France have come in a dry arid region where there is quite a rocky landscape with little vegetation leading to fast run-off into the rivers. No doubt the reason will be global warming again.
On 11 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paddy..... Errrm| Someone got the landfall of a storm wrong maybe? I haven't done Latin for, let me see, 44 years....who are you? What medication? Where am I.......?...... That chilly breeze while out at 9am is a real blessing. Sat waiting on the platform for an hour for a train yesterday at 7am, I had goosebumps and wished I'd worn more than a short sleeved shirt. Had torrential rain and thunder on the A14 around 3:30pm yesterday. My colleague went home by a different route and suffered a big diversion due to floods. I drove through one of the Met Offices heavy showers yesterday for about an hour. That's some shower! It even pushes the boundaries of the term 'a prolonged shower'...
On 11 Aug 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire (subscriber) wrote:

After ignoring the mainstream weather forecast and going out without a coat for the day, this was fully justified as I sat on the station platform basking in the "unexpectedly" hot sun
On 10 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C overnight, 10˚ at 7.30, sunny morning with a SWíly breeze, temps nicely getting to 22˚†by midday but then cloud started moving in from the west and we had a short bit of rain around 4pm, not as much as further south, sunny end to the day though, 10˚ at 10pm. == Paul, translate please, for northern thickos :-)
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On 09 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

7˚C overnight, 9˚ at 7.30, so rather cooler than of late but still a max temp of 23˚, quite a sunny day but also with cloud cover from time to time, SW - NWíly breeze, 13˚ at 9.30pm. Typical August kind of day with a hint of autumn in the air.
On 09 Aug 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire wrote:

I think Piers summary on the 'latest' part of the website is better expressed in Latin "Tempestate perjuris delenda est."
On 09 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Don't throw that old air-bed away just yet.... >> <<
On 09 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Piers....looks like your giant hail is already here matey. Not in the UK just yet but some places are already experiencing some seriously scary destruction events. This from the Ice Age Now site >> << No scaremongering required...this is reality central!!
On 09 Aug 2018, M Lewis wrote:

Re: Latest climate change lies and cover-up. West Antarctica is underlain by a chain of active Volcanoes. It is very much like Iceland with massive amount of geothermal activity. This leads to heating and melting of the ice deep below the surface and formation of gigantic ice tunnels and caverns that are navigable from the ocean by submarine. The geothermal melting also explains the ice sheet calving and icebergs.
On 08 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, reasonably sunny morning with temps going up to 23˚ max, dark clouds moving in from the NW by early afternoon, giving prolonged showers for a while, then a sunny & clear evening but feeling markedly cooler with 10˚ at 10pm. == This past Sat/Sun we had an absolute invasion of hover flies - has anyone else experienced that? Russ, all things being equal we are also going to have an amazing blackberry crop this year, havenít seen the berries well formed so early for a long time.
On 08 Aug 2018, Ronnie wrote:

Couldn't agree with you more, Russ; windmills are the Devil's Vent-Axia !!
On 08 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

"Still, on the bright side it should take care of solar panels." ...... Now there's a thought! Oh now you got me thinking Gerry. Wind farm scenario. Hail the size of baseballs? Rotating fan blade tips in a hail storm....maybe 200mph? >> << Then wouldn't the blades act like huge baseball bats and fire off hail balls like mini cannon balls in all directions....and at what speed? Maybe followed by >> << A hail storm like the one in the BBC video clip could wipe out an entire solar farm. They should install catch nets over the panels. You read it here first!
On 08 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Much fresher today and in the City it is just 71F after reaching 89F yesterday. Our football team will appreciate the change for tonight's game. Ice age hail - I recall the anecdotal evidence of hailstones the size of milk bottles which you feel has got to hurt. Then look around at all the new glass buildings and wonder how they will be if hit. Still, on the bright side it should take care of solar panels. Elderberries are coming on strong now in addition to the blackberries. The raspberries suffered without water though.
On 08 Aug 2018, Digitalis (the Netherlands) wrote:

Finally the heat broke here, and we had some thunder and rainshowers during the night. Tomorrow a lot of rain is expected, and on Friday possibly a storm. Many things have died in my garden and the forest where I live, and wildlife has suffered badly. Let's hope enough rain will fall for some of the crops to be saved, as well as to allow regrowth for wildlife before winter sets in.
On 08 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

The scariest memory I have from reading about the little ice age was about the 9 inch pieces of ice, killing cattle stone dead in the fields, and hail so large it was ripping off all the small branches and foliage from the trees. If this isn't a sign that we are heading for a repeat scenario then...... >> << ........ Fantastic blackberry crop from our garden again. Two years running.
On 07 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, cooler day with a mostly SWíly breeze but it still got to 24˚, quite sunny at times, 13˚ by 10pm. == Rhys, I think I pointed out earlier that even though we also had a drought (broken now) we did have a lot of moisture reserve in the soil so it probably wasnít as bad as down your way. While weíve had temp peaks which resembled the Mediterranean, being so far north we also had cool nights and being close to the sea fog & haar. The last few days have occasionally had a twinge of autumn in them, which is quite normal. From experience I concur that one canít rely on what might have worked years ago, on top of that there is always the one or other crop that fails for whatever reason. Celeriac is out for us, would have to be started in Feb and grown in a cold frame, sweet corn & outdoor tomatoes ditto. Parsnips are brilliant this year, carrots fell victim to the fly, though not the ones in our veg tunnel which is only a couple of 100 yards away.
On 07 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

It would seem that the MetO were wrong again as far as where I have been today. Watching the radar the rain fizzled out on the approach to London and only a few drops fell. Walking from the station and arriving home there was some rain and even a clap of thunder but nothing worthy of a weather warning. Just after 10pm and there is steady rain. At least it has cooled off with the heat not being trapped by the cloud.
On 07 Aug 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Severe Weather Warning issued for SE England by the Met Office from 4pm onwards but storms are already smashing into Hampshire and W Sussex (as at 1pm) and are hurtling towards Greater London and the Home Counties. An interesting afternoon / evening awaits. Oh look, we're in a R3 period, that explains it. :-)
On 07 Aug 2018, AndyB 45d sub wrote:

Wheat price futures are already around £200 per ton what price will it be this time next year 3/400/ton
On 07 Aug 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

The MetO have predicted the hot spell will continue until October but even Met …ireann aren't buying it === === although it is not impossible by any means, especially with Northern blocking+low solar, I trust what Piers has to say rather than late BBQ summer model fodder. In some ways this current spell is reminiscent of 2010 and the West Russian heatwave that broke when Piers predicted in the August.
On 07 Aug 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

The warmists are in full propaganda mode following the northern hemisphere heat (in parts) this summer. It doesn't matter that Piers predicted it=== nor that as Joe B explained the record cooling of the north Atlantic (=tripole)=== the ridge=heat in Europe. Case in point this crap has been the BBC website lead/top story since yesterday=== Climate change: 'Hothouse Earth' risks even if CO2 emissions slashed===, I think in the US strings are being slowly severed so there is hope but also danger. Think about it besides the obvious likes of Gore benefitting who has audited the billions - was it used for "climate" or did it end up funding other things on or off the books? Who is asking questions about where all the money went? I get the feeling lots will be revealed in the months to come and cornered rats on a drinking ship are very dangerous.
On 07 Aug 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Paddy Your growth experiences in NE Scotland should be compared with mine in NW London. Here we have had three months of drought with very few rain events. Temperatures have been Mediterranean. Growth has been very varied. Most beans have failed, peas were average, early potatoes were scabby with poor yields, onions were average but early. In contrast, radish was stunning, spring lettuce fabulous, early beetroot excellent. Now sweetcorn is incredible, ditto winter squash and soil grown bush tomatoes. Parsnip and maincrop carrots and betroots should be fine, maincrop potatoes may struggle without heavy rain this week, celery and celeriac should harvest with later rains. It just shows adaptation is more resilient than dogmatic sticking to what worked years ago.
On 07 Aug 2018, Eastside wrote:

"man madeĒ CO2 contribution to global co2"> Problem is the subsidy system. Academics are paid to use junk data to produce junk simulations. No amount of obvious common sense or comparison will get them out of their love affair with subsidy money, their number crunchers, & their media hacks like Harrabin & Mcgrath. It's a self perpetuating cycle. Piers is wasting his time. You can tell them about "the medieval warm period", the 1st century AD (about 2C warmer than now), the fact we're still emerging from a little ice age with Maunder+Spohrer to worry about, the change in the height of Scotland+the dip in the south coast of England thanks to the loss of weight of ice sheets (not sea level rise),the dearth of big volcanic activity, low hurricane activity..the largely unaffected polar ice sheet thickness, & Vikings in a warm America+a fact the NW passage was often open to shipping before All you will ever get, is the warmists inc the BBC going into denial, claiming all kinds o
On 06 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, partly cloudy and feeling mild and then gearing up to yet another scorcher with a max temp of 27˚ with nicely cooling winds from a variable SW-NWíly direction, 16˚ at 10pm. == Walking through the garden in the twilight tonight and looking at the stunning growth of flowers and veg is a fab experience; been digging first & second early tatties (potatoes) today, very pleasant job in the sunshine, late main crop usually happens in October when it is cooler and wetter. Itís really been an amazing season for food growing, and itís not finished yet.
On 06 Aug 2018, BillS ( N E Wales) wrote:

Sorry to go on , but hereís my questionsto these anti co2 campaigners:-what is so special about the small , the very small ď man madeĒ CO2 contribution to global co2 .Does it behave so differently to themuch much larger fraction of the existing non man made co2 contribution ? How exactly do these few additional co2 molecules in the environment differ to the vast majority of natural co2 molecules to make the scientists think the temperature is set to rise at an exponential rate? Any one know?
On 06 Aug 2018, Bill S (NE Wales) wrote:

Of course you can choose any power source you want to produce electricity. Everything comes with a price. A balanced portfolio including nuclear renewables and fossil used to be the Uks stance.renewables admittedly is more recent The variability catered 4 national security and allowed for experimentation in new energy. The main point I think worth making is regarding the fossil energy generated electricity. CO2 seen as the demon gas ,where a few ppm thatís parts per million( the same quantity as a few seconds in 11.5days), yes a few ppm is seen as the cause of the changes in climate. What next will we be be blocking volcano eruptions to prevent co2 . no you canít tax that , no you canít make any money from them. No You can t make a political career from that. For what itís worth I think new energy from plastic is the way forward , perhaps we would already have this if the likes of Thatcher ( and Blair) hadnít done their bit in culling the bright ingenuity of the nationalised industrie
On 06 Aug 2018, Bill S (N E Wales ) wrote:

Youíve contradicted yourself Eastside, it is to do with heat . I used to work on nuclear plant , shutting down isnít taken lightly due to various reasons All plants run on cooling water discharge permits , some allowing differential temperatures between inlet and outlet cooling water with a maximum discharge temperature. Many plants run on a 95 th percentile dischargetemp so some extended periods of heat can be allowed. It probably got to the point where condenser vacuum couldnít be sustained or it would exceed its discharge permit Search and you will see some uk power plants also have been in same scenario. A bit like the 2003 heatwave. Nothing to do with ecolunies just the power of the sun
On 06 Aug 2018, eastside wrote:

"Reuters reporting EDF shutting down some reactors at its plants in France due to the heat." Nothing to do with the heat. The problem repeatedly is temperature gradients. Eg. Fessenheim is linked to small tributaries of the Rhine. If you had been there recently you will see temps of 40C in the Alsace plain. Being as electricity demand in August is pretty low it avoids jacking up the local stream water temps an extra 10C. The people running NPP are in fact quite eco-friendly - cos they can. You wouldn't dream of taking 4 NPPs offline in January when it's -10C would you? Of course the eco-loonies who have been desperate to shut a perfect working (but quite old) NPP such as Fessenheim, won't try to force the issue when power demand is through the roof in a winter anticylone, when there's no wind & very little solar....of course not! I hear today on France-Info some dangerous lunatics claiming they can go to 100% renewables WITHOUT NPP in the next 10-15yrs. Dunno how t
On 06 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

If a volcano is going to pop then solar minimum is the time to do it. I wonder how many are in the 'overdue' part of their cycle. Reuters reporting EDF shutting down some reactors at its plants in France due to the heat. chance for us to sell them some power via the interconnector before it shuts down in March. The nighttime cooling is making the warm days bearable although in my office today there appears to be a lack of cooling and it is unpleasant. Cool start to the day but blue sky and sun all the way 84F in the City at 2pm.
On 06 Aug 2018, eastside wrote:

The current heatwave generating temps of 36-40C+ in the Rhone valley (France) is coming to an end wednesday. This is a relief. The temperatures have been in the mid - high 30C for an extended period of more than 10 days. As an aside,- is there a big eruption due in Lombok? Samalas volcano is next to Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island in Indonesia, and has just had a 2 very large earthquake swarm, (akin to the events that preceded the AD79 catastrophic eruption of Vesuvius). Both of these very dangerous volcanoes have caused strong global cooling events in the last 1000 years,- enough for harvests to fail throughout the world and cause famine...
On 05 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Its actually quite clear and cool outside here tonight, would be a nice night to camp out :)
On 05 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

The last few days have been a mix of sunny and cloudy. Temp around 21 - 23 deg Muggyish and mild overnight half in half out of bed kind of weather, so tired from putting extra effort into exercise and diet and tiny one teething i'm not in bed long enough to notice 😅
On 05 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, partly cloudy and turning into a fairly sunny day with a max temp of 24˚, starting calm and followed by a breeze from a generally Síly direction, 15˚ at 10pm, slight rain.
On 05 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Well I was hot just watching the football. Water breaks were taken midway through each half. Phone said it 82F so I don't know what it was out in the sun - 90s? Armed with a cup of tea, I found some shade for the second half thanks to a high beech hedge around the ground. At least their main stand provided shade. Goalless draw but absorbing to watch. I bet they will enjoy playing more on Wednesday evening. Nice and cool overnight and so far clear blue skies with a breeze from the east as Gatwick has changed pattern. Patio reading 74F just after 11am.
On 04 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, dull & grey start, staying cloudy all day with a NWíly breeze - just as well, as we had to host an event in one of our tunnels, it gets up to 35˚ in there when itís sunny! - and a still respectable max temp of 23˚, short shower of rain but otherwise dry, 16˚ at 9.30pm. == Steve, that quote is priceless, Iíve integrated it into my armoury of useful phrases :-)
On 04 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

The sun is shining, it is 81F so let's start the football season! First match of the season for the boys in the new division and at our new local rivals so off to the match shortly with sun hat and sunglasses. The City reached 89F yesterday afternoon and it was warm into the evening so it was sleep with a big fan running to draw in cooler air until around dawn. More high cloud today but only a slight breeze so I don't envy the players this afternoon. Good start needed and again at our home match this week because believe it or not, the FA Cup starts next Saturday. I guess nobody told International Falls in Minnesota about the 'global' heatwave as overnight temp there was 33F - yep, tad above freezing. Unusual? Guess so since it broke the record of 41F set in 1918. Notice that the difference is not a tenth or a couple of degrees but 8!
On 04 Aug 2018, Steve Dorset.UK sub wrote:

Tom Nelson @tan123 Climate change is the religion of people who think they're too smart for religion Spot on.
On 04 Aug 2018, C View wrote:

Shock news . After banging on about the current heat the BBC website has a feature on a major heatwave in the 1800ís which in London was called the great stink. This period saw severe heatwaves in Australia and the USA as well.
On 04 Aug 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Well there's this >> << and this >> << . I give the direct links so I save Robert some bandwidth plus some people don't trust his site as it's a bit doomsayer'ish! Global Warming, we are told, is 100% true whereas all the blackwashed Global Cooling theories are, we are told, wrong. Welcome to the noughties propaganda war...! .....Quote: "Before you open your mouth to start whining about the "cold" air this morning, I remind you we just experienced the 4th warmest May to July on record... dating back to 1872." ...... Ah! So that would be before mankind could possibly have had an effect via CO2 would it not? Must have been all those hog-roasts and prairie fires...It was also just after the last Little Ice Age ended, so the whole planet was warming.
On 03 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

17˚C at 7.30, another scorcher with a max temp of 29˚, wind SW - W - NW by evening, but still 17˚ at 10pm, forecast somewhat cooler & cloudier for tomorrow.
On 03 Aug 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire wrote:

Having just read this article from a farmer on the huge weather related problems farmers are facing I can't help thinking that Piers would be wise to make his June and July 2018 forecasts free on the website to circulate. The farming community would Im sure be most interested and it might well lead to more subs?
On 03 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Record daily lows are being set in Russia. What? Not mentioned on the BBC. How strange. I presume Russia is getting the jetstream coming from north to south. Joe Bastardi has an interesting post looking at the cold Atlantic and how there is one above average warm area that might just have something to do with making our weather warm. The days when weather forecasts were the result of a meteorologist looking at charts and data and using experience to draft the forecast seem to be long gone as the computer generated highest temp evah from Portugal indicate. Just push a button to load a file and run the model and give out whatever comes out.
On 02 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, mostly sunny with a Síly breeze, heating up quickly to a max of 28˚, still 19˚ at 9.30pm and still great summer weather for just nowÖ
On 02 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

😊 Humidity rose an hour or so after last post and with it temp. increased making a muggy night. Mostly overcast today with a few sunny breaks also a drizzly afternoon shower max 23 and still 20 at 8.22 pm higher dew point too than recent days. I was also wondering if a very wet Autumn is on the cards..
On 02 Aug 2018, Russ NE Derbyshire wrote:

Gerry..... I saw the Siberia cold too. These extremes are not being reported in a balanced way. That reminds me, I must check on the plume of Arctic air that has been pushing south across Canada and Central US. If it persists, it could produce some prodigious tornado's......Wife and I have been pondering the huge amount of 'die-back' of purple heather on the moors. Thing is, it's only the young stuff, I would say less than 5 years after burning, which has turned a rich copper brown and not flowered. It looks dead. The old, well established stuff is healthy, flowering, with plenty of new growth. We think the timing of the burning was to blame. The young heather doesn't have a deep, well established root system to cope with drought conditions. A vast amount has died off.We saw around 50 acres across a 2 mile long hillside. If the roots are dead then it won't grow back. Any heather experts out there? Is purple heather immortal?
On 02 Aug 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

With the London summer being more and more like 1976, one wonders whether record autumn rainfall is to come?
On 02 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

The nights are certainly cool as it was down to 63F last night at bedtime - actually put a t-shirt on and went under the duvet. 54F at alarm time but no fog today and it seemed to warm up quicker. 81F in the City at 2pm. The Mail is squawking on about record heat in Portugal and Spain - presumably not seen the memo saying they got it wrong. Low temperature record set in Siberia for the time of year. So much for the global heatwave.
On 01 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

The GWPF has something to make you laugh from Portugal. Their MetO predicted that tomorrow there would be a record temperature of 50C, surpassing the 47.9C set in 2003. But that was yesterday. Today they have had to admit that it was not true and due to a miscalculation resulting from a statistical method applied to numeric models. And they wonder why they are not trusted.
On 01 Aug 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, fairly sunny morning with the obligate Síly breeze, max temp a respectable 23˚, clouding over mid afternoon, getting somewhat cooler, drizzle & rain by 6pm, still going now at 9.30pm but not heavy at all, 15˚. == Or veg have done really well this summer with few exceptions because we do have a considerable store of humidity further down, we now have cucumbers and climbing French beans galore out of our veg tunnel, also masses of courgettes coming on after the rains over the weekend. I think it is rare that we get a real drought in our location, too far north, too close to the sea.
On 01 Aug 2018, @Piers_Corbyn (twitter) London, Chief forecaster wrote:

GREAT COMMS ALL and I like the report of your Veg Maria! REMINDER TO ALL:- THURS AUG 2 IS LAST DAY FOR £99 DEAL FOR ALL-WINTER-NOW on 3rd it goes up to £120. Price includes all updates and does NOT include Aug+Autumn preceding. That's separate sub. ANY SUB THAT OVERLAPS WITH Dec Jan Feb gets extension when you buy ALL-WINTER-NOW. So if eg you already have sub to 45d+30d going to say March inc then that would get extended to June inc. It's an exciting forecast. Thanks Piers
On 01 Aug 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

The last few days have been cool cloudy with showers, windy out as well today and actually feels cooler 17 deg with a real feel of 15. As per PC forecast. Brief sunny spells yesterday actually trimmed ( was hardly a cut 😅) the lawn first time in 5 weeks as driest day of the last few, just starting to green up again, lucky we only lost a few patches to heat. Also good chance for kids and I to lug down the heavy fallen remaining big branches from the winter storms. Loads of Blackberry flowers, shame I think Raspberries no go this year due to unusual lack of rainfall. Courgettes we grew in the tunnel have been so tasty as are carrots cucumbers and other salads, potatoes nice but not many per plant again to dryness. Despite hot weather I agree the vast contrasts in weather remain so I 😂 at Gerrys comment right now :-)
On 01 Aug 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

A chilly 53F at 7am this morning and the first fog in months. That is 10F lower than recent mornings. Up to 73F now in the City with plenty of sun. The MetO are positively wetting themselves that a new record temp will be set for Europe. I struggle to believe them regarding last year but of course they claim records only go back to 1910. This is only the digital record.
On 31 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, cloudy & still but then brightening up until mid afternoon, brisk Síly wind and at 22˚ max feeling a bit warmer than yesterday, cloudy thereafter but staying dry, 15˚ at 9.30pm.
On 31 Jul 2018, Bill S ( NE Wales) wrote:

Generally a month of two halves here, baking hot and dry followed by humid and warm. Rain amount 55.2mm this month, most falling around mid month. Wind predominantly east at first then south to south west. Today is breezy max 22c with some sunny spells.
On 31 Jul 2018, C View wrote:

@ Russ Derbyshire. Totally agree not only are they going on about 2017 they are trying to tell us there is currently record heat in the Arctic. If that is the case then how has the Arctic got sea ice volume sitting at the fourth highest in the last 15 years.. These people know no shame.
On 31 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

I joked with my wife last year, about the possibility that the Met Orifice would say that 2017 was the warmest ever. Well the claim isn't that bad but it's still utterly ridiculous. The fifth warmest ever. >> << .... As I remember last year it was cold and damp and cloudy and windy and horrible. I think I counted just 2 nights when it was warm enough to sleep on the duvet instead of under it. We only had to open the bedroom windows overnight on about 10 occasions. We had the central heating on in June then it was back on again in early September. Then there was the autumn snow and ice. I can't remember many days when I didn't wear a thin fleece jacket. So where did they get the notion that it was the fifth warmest year? Not in NE Derbyshire it wasn't! One of the coldest summers I can ever remember...
On 31 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paddy.... yes our rain was steady too for about 7 hours so no floods here either.......Just got back from a 6 mile walk across high moorland. Lots of broken cloud to help keep the heat down but also a very chilly wind. Unusual colours to the landscape as the trees are an extremely lush, deep green due to loads of sun and hardly any wind over the past couple of months but the grass is all brown. It doesn't look at all like a UK landscape. Lovely scent from the purple heather. Saw a solitary Swift.
On 30 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30 overcast but brightening up soon to sunny day with a blustery Síly wind, temps managed to get to 20˚ but by the end of the afternoon clouds moved in and by 7.30pm heavy and prolonged rain started, still going now at 9.30 as it is moving up the East Coast, the soil is beginning to get replenished.
On 30 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

A rather soggy day at Godstoneberry yesterday but at least the festival field is sandy so no muddy boots. Rain didn't really stop until early evening. Less windy than Saturday but a bit chilly still. The Saturday goers said I missed a good day although into the evening it was chilly. So the great over-hyped dry spell has ended. Good news for me is that ponds are now full again and so are the water butts. The rain seems to have passed looking at the radar and it is bright with sunny spells and 72F as noon approaches. Will the heat return or will it be a more average summer? Leading climate crook Ben Santer is claiming hotter summers and colder winters are climate change in action. The paper has a host of names attached to give it 'prestige' but as we have seen with Brexit 'prestige' sources are usually clueless. His great paper is based on models so need say no more. Santer changed the IPCC report to claim a human cause that the evidence did not that then brought us the hockey stick.
On 29 Jul 2018, eastside wrote:

It's been very hot here in France. 2 days ago it was a good solid 37C, with some places up to 39c. There was huge air pollution in Basel on friday eve, the air was grey-brown hanging over the city with an acrid sooty smoke filled odour. This week is expected to be hotter still so maybe will just manage to touch 40C The most at risk is still vallee de Saone-Rhone but last week this area extended as high up as Lille.
On 29 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, rather cooler than what weíve become used to, quite windy from the S, sunny to start with but greying over after 9am, then continuous & copious rain all afternoon, wind abating and temps slowly rising to 15˚ at 9pm, by which time it had stopped raining. Having had several sets of rain since Thursday night the soil has been able to absorb it gradually, so we are less likely to get floods on bone dry ground.
On 29 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Gerry.... "The Mail has an article of warmist drivel saying that heat-waves will be more common due to climate change"....... Have you seen the BBC article saying that thousands will die as heat-waves become more common? Well I'm sorry auntie beeb but millions will die of starvation and disease if another little ice age happens. >> << ......... We have missed almost all of the rain until today. Here come the come the come the floods!
On 28 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

17˚C at 7.30, damp, mild & grey with a Síly wind and quite a bit of heavy rain throughout the morning, brightening up by 2pm and feeling warm at 20˚ but by about 5pm the wind strengthened and started to get much fresher so that by 9pm we had 12˚. Well, this is a bit more like the usual summers up here, except that the rains are really welcome!
On 28 Jul 2018, Digitalis (the Netherlands) wrote:

Some precious rain here too, it seems the last for a while yet. Hopefully the wettest autumn will follow as mentioned below.
On 28 Jul 2018, Bill S( N E Wales) wrote:

Precious little rain here. from this thundery break down. A couple of light showers today but nothing much. Wind is strong southerly to south westerly making it feeling fresher. South of me the Horseshoe pass area ( llantysilio) remains closed due to the continuing heather fires, exacerbated with todayís winds, hoping for some heavy rain.
On 28 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Really cloudy last night but patience paid off and for a moment we caught a view of the eclipse as the cloud thinned just enough to give us a glimpse, also saw the ISS and then all was cloudy again. Tiny one liked the big crack of thunder around midday ish followed by torrential downpour, some sun but clouds building again now, maybe more storm activity soon as app shows strikes around..
On 28 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Storms! Much needed rain! Another hot day but come late afternoon the cloud increased. On the bus from town to the first day of the Godstoneberry festival and we went through a heavy shower. But at the festival there had been nothing, but....just as the music was under way the rains came down. Apart from a short break for safety reasons, the band played on while we watched from the convenience of the beer tent. It moved away fairly quickly but some nice lightning as it passed over the Greensand Hills to the North Downs. It made for a fresher evening but sadly no sight of the moon. This morning early rain has cleared and more sunny spells are coming but there is a very fresh wind. Is that our lot for a while? Later I shall have a look and see how much my butts have captured to perhaps give me some water for the pond. The Mail has an article of warmist drivel saying that heatwaves will be more common due to climate change.
On 28 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Meanwhile more global warming.. >> <<
On 27 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

18˚C at 7.30 foggy & mild, thunderstorm around midnight with copious rainfall, cloudy morning, Síly wind, sunny and hot early afternoon with 27˚, clouding over by 5pm and rumbles of thunder approaching from the SE, these got louder all the time and we ended up with a continuous show until after 10pm - so thatís the eclipse eclipsed for all of us right down the east coast of Britain, amazing to see it happening on Blitzortung, itís been quite a number of years that weíve had such continuous thunderstorms, still 18˚ at 10.30pm. == Russ, according to our friends there are people in Greece who set fire to things, particularly new housing, if they donít like it. I wasnít going to say that yesterday because itís kind of second hand information, I havenít followed this closely so I canít be sure.
On 27 Jul 2018, Bill S( NE Wales) wrote:

The sunny start gave way to sunny spells more cloud this afternoon and evening but staying dry and humid. max 28.8c humid evening 21.3 c at 2100. North wales hill/moor fire at Llangollen ,substantial for the area, continued all day visible-trail ofsmoke and smell 15-17 miles away Bring on the rain!
On 27 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Well forecasted Piers. Finally had an amazingly heavy downpour early evening, fab to hear the rain, even better to stand in, has been so humid the last couple of days although the breeze yesterday for a time was nice it has on the whole been v. muggy. 16 deg now at 8.34pm hoping for a good thunderstorm later, lots of activity on Blitzortung. Yellow rain warning here & already some water laid in places earlier where the ground has been so dry. Grass perking up where grass remains for the right kind of showers... Agree Paddy unimaginable pain, even worse to think of as possibly premeditated, what a conscience to carry if is...
On 27 Jul 2018, Mark Hall wrote:

Rhys, The "Beast from the East" in March 2018 was eerily similar to the one in March 1958, thus underlying the important 60 year cycle that Piers has been telling us about. It used to be easy to compare the UK weather patterns (1958, 1898, 1838 etc) before that excellent Booty site got shunted to the British Library. It is probably being revised and chopped up by some AGW civil servant by now. Heard Piers on last week's Oppenheimer Ranch Project radio broadcast. He tried to disabuse the host regarding the significance of cosmic ray flux. This topic is very in vogue nowadays, but I think Piers is correct to see it as a side show and not a forcing factor. Very surprised though that Piers appeared ignorant of the work of David Dilley on the gravitational modulation of Arctic currents and climatic consequences.
On 27 Jul 2018, Digitalis wrote:

Yesterday the Netherlands were the hottest spot in Europe, 37 d. here, and till late in the evening 35. When rain falls it is in isolated spots, causing deluges. Fortunately the firebrigades fill up the watering holes here in the forests for the animals. Farmers aren't allowed to use surface water to save their crops, in some parts they can't pump up groundwater. Ofcourse all our weatherpeople have their days in the sun and you know what they say the cause of this is...What I understand from LIA conditions we are right in the middle of them. Now 115 days without sunspots.
On 27 Jul 2018, BillS (NE Wales) wrote:

The heavy morning dew if the last few days has gone the morning has started dry and sunny , already up to 19c by 0715. A real belter of a day as they say up north. Made the most if this with a long walk with the dog a distant fire in Llangollen direction must be big , as I can see the smoke some 15 plus mikes away. Tomorrow looks more wet and cool , a temporary blip?
On 27 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

The police are looking at arson Paddy. Something like 15 fires all started within a very short space of time over a fairly large area. Doesn't look natural. Human pillocks to blame again. We have seen many small burnt areas along roadside verges, where cigarettes have been senselessly tossed out of a vehicle window. Over the years we have seen many large burned patches on the moors but every one has been next to a public path. If these fires were truly wild and natural, there would be far more surely? But they try to hide the human factor, otherwise they can't blame global warming. Suddenly seeing pockets of swifts and swallows. Easier to see a whole family than isolated adults. Still very sparse though and rare in our area.
On 26 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, sunny & clear, warm morning with temps climbing to 24˚ but the afternoon was grey with high fog which only cleared in the evening, mild with 17˚ at 10pm. == My wife spoke with friends today whose daughter lives in Greece; her husband was caught in the fires, had to stay in the sea for several hours, lost his phone of course and was unable to contact his wife until a kind person allowed him to use their phone later on. A neighbour of theirs tried to escape by motor bike with his children but they all perished. Most of us have no concept of what this is likeÖ
On 26 Jul 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Ron 1976 heatwave in Nw London was followed by the wettest autumn I can remember but the winter was not cold. Some correlation between hot summers in mid 1980s and cold winters. Personally, my view is that if March 62 was like March 2018, then what odds a winter to rival 1962/3? Pick your correlations to choose your prediction....
On 26 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

With all the alarmism over a bit of nice weather we should remember that liars lie and not be surprised. Paul Homewood does an excellent job of exposing them. What the likes of Harrabin don't mention is the livestock dying in the snow in South America for the third winter in a row. As for our winter to come, the respected Joe Bastardi has seen similarities to 1962 and the older ones among us recall where that went. Iceagenow has a good video link to show how many places are below the 'norm' which includes Greece but then fires come from it being dry first and foremost. At 2pm it is 89F in the City. I expected the worst last night as there was no breeze but with big fans running during the evening and with the windows open i fell asleep easily to the sound of a tawny owl. Will we get the thunderstorms everyone is now talking about. The question is though is it true or did you hear it on the BBC?
On 26 Jul 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

Next they'll be telling us that the 'blood moon' is caused by global warming.
On 26 Jul 2018, RuairŪ (East coast of Ireland) wrote:

BBC harping on about hottest summer ever and this is what we need to prepare for in the future. Less than 4 months ago it was snowing. Let's all install air con and freeze in winter.
On 26 Jul 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

... What about cold weather? In the UK, many more preventable deaths happen because of cold weather than hot weather, but the government has failed to deliver its targets for insulating homes. If the UK's winters get warmer, as generally predicted, winter deaths will be reduced. But in a year like this one, the UK has suffered extremes of cold and heat. Both heat-related and cold-related health burdens in future will be amplified by population ageing."=== in June Climate Realists was commenting on the instances of blocking with low solar activity (sun mostly mentioning 1976. No of course it can't be the sun. In a prev BBC article they mentioned the position of the high in 76 VS now (less humidity now). They actually pointed to sea temperatures being similar cold Greenland warm seas over us and cold Nr. Africa. Amazing those CO2 molecules that can precisely dump high pressure systems & set sea patterns.
On 26 Jul 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

From the Harrabin BBC link Bill alluded to; "Which homes are at risk? In a densely populated city, temperatures are higher. Homes built in the 1960s and 1970s present a particular risk, as can flats with windows that are small, hard to open or face the same way.....Should we fear heat island? Cities can be up to 10C hotter than the surrounding countryside because hard surfaces absorb heat during the day and give out heat at night. This is the heat island effect. If people get too hot in bed, it prevents them recovering from the previous day's heat. Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image caption Many people struggle to sleep during the heat Yet the government's planning framework makes no mention of the heat island effect. What's more, ministers withdrew funding for local authority climate change adaptation officers, who were working on the issue. The report calls for an urban green infrastructure target, and for towns and cities to be adapted to more frequent heatwaves..
On 26 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Forgot the link in my last post. It was about rising CO2 in the oceans causing acidity thereby preventing the fishes from sniffing out their food. I'll try to find it again, but BBC links often disappear never to be seen again. Wayback here I come? I'd like to know the process whereby CO2 is both released and absobed by the oceans at the same time. ..... This is an eye opener from Mr Felix' site. >> <<.. Very interesting reading the comments section.
On 26 Jul 2018, BillS (N E Wales) wrote:

I see that BBCís So called guru roger Harrabin in todayís news, saying that scientists disagree about the current rash of heatwaves being down to climate change. The next sentence states that they all agree future heatwaves will be hotter and more frequent due to carbon emissions. He is clearly not a scientist . Cool start11.9c clear skies, heavy dew when out walking the dog this morning
On 25 Jul 2018, Lorraine wrote:

Lorraine// oh my what is going on Piers tomorrow weather France some parts topping above 35 d on their meteo tonight - I dropped in to French tv to see how they were fairing from me island off st malo anyway U.K. also a worry. Very very sad about Greece terrible tragedy - no sign of thunderstorms and weirdly cool at night here in Guernsey normally you would get uncomfortable heat itís all a mystery and no rain its looking like 1976 by the day
On 25 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, cloudy start but soon brightening up to another very sunny day with a max temp of 25˚, mitigated somewhat by a strong Síly breeze that started up in the afternoon, 15˚ at 9.30pm. == Bug Baby, haha :-)
On 25 Jul 2018, Kim Baker wrote:

The massive amounts of vitamin D I'm receiving as I tend my veg plot have got rid of my menopausal hot flashes, now I'm hot because it is hot!😂The mornings here in NW France are delightful warm and sunny but by noon it's indoors with the shutters closed,sleeping with a wet towle on top of me instead of a duvet,please remember the birds and wildlife folks if you can put any dishes of water out for all the critters even the baby wasps need help thanks
On 25 Jul 2018, JamieM wrote:

Occasional subscriber, North Yorkshire, mixed results with the 4 or 5 previous forecasts over the last 5 years, but am very impressed with the accuracy of the July forecast! Well done Piers, keep up the good work. Hoping for cooler weather soon, quite pleasant today though, not looking forward to work trip to London on Friday, might need my USB fan for the Underground!
On 25 Jul 2018, Phil wrote:

Is The Canary aware of Weather Action?
On 25 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Heart goes out to Greece tragedy.
On 25 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

I think there were a few spots of rain early this morn. (Forgot to mention some light spots yesterday afternoon as the kids and I tiny one inc. went to stand in it for a minute) ah wish it would thunder and rain to clear the air. Some lovely warm sunny spells today although still good amount of cloud about. Max 22 deg. High humidity continues, muggy tonight but windows pulled to a bit incase she moves onto Daddy longlegs next ( gees shouldn't joke 😅) Hoping its clear for Fridays lunar eclipse/blood moon, looking forward to watching that with the kids and weather girl aka bug baby :) if conditions allow.
On 24 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, sunny, puddles left over from last nightís rain, a good sign as to the amount, cooler feel in the mostly Wíly breeze, still got to 22˚ though and a glorious end to the day under a clear sky, 13˚ at 10.30pm. == Maria, appreciate your reports on the little weather girl :-)
On 24 Jul 2018, Russ NE Drizzleshire wrote:

This is the most ludicrous pile of pure unscientific nonsense I have ever read. The BBC now quotes pure lies as facts, then at the end of each article filled with inaccurate twaddle, they suggest why you should trust the BBC. British Brain dead Consortium|
On 24 Jul 2018, @Piers_Corbyn (twitter) London, Chief forecaster wrote:

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On 24 Jul 2018, Bill S ( NE Wales) wrote:

Second day running a rainy start as another fragmenting front tries to make in roads. A bit more punch than yesterday though with rain giving puddles. 0700 back with a damp dog and it looks like the skies clearing hopefully ,to give a nice day Overnight low 17.4 c yesterdayís high was 27.4c I remember when 27 was seen as a hot day every now and then , but now it seems all rather the norm.
On 24 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Ps The Moomins were my era they were freaky!-) Danger Mouse was good tho :)
On 24 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

The weekend was pretty hot but in a muggy uncomfortable humid way, started with light showers, some sun although more cloudy than sunny, similar again today (Mon.) though not as hot 23ish instead of 27 deg muggy of a night 17 down to 15 tonight, could do with a good downpour & thunderstorm. One less insect here as the tiny one hunted herself breakfast in her cot at 6 a.m this morn. didn't realise until she woke me up & projectiled a harvest spiders leg at me :-/ a few more unpleasant showers down my shoulder a sleep while I cleaned up and bless her she was fine. Have only been spoon feeding 2 weeks & I think she way prefers sweet potato or avocado puree lunch to todays menu.. she had energy like popeye with his spinach this aft. though :-)
On 23 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

18˚C at 7.30, cloudy, mild and gearing up to be another hot one when the sun came out at 8.30 - 31˚ in fact, highest max temp this year and for a great number of years. Fortunately there was a nice Síly breeze and the afternoon turned rather cloudy and then we were fortunate to get a good 2 hour soaking after 8pm that will again help the grass to grow, still 17˚ at 9.30pm.
On 23 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Gerry..... When politicians speak, all I hear are the Clangers! ... With the speaker of the house Mr Bercow doing a fantastic impersonation of The Soup Dragon.
On 23 Jul 2018, C View wrote:

MSM at it again. Report on BBC website today describes hot weather in south and south east England as a UK heatwave rather than a regional one, with liberal use of amber warning words to ramp it up to make it sound apocalyptic . It then manages to mention that 1976 was hotter and 1969 was drier but despite that all being more than 50 years ago things are worse now and getting worse still in the future. As Piers would say it is a classic word salad nothing more. Clyde coast today has seen steady rain and temps of 17 c , scary stuff !!!!!!
On 23 Jul 2018, David (Yorkshire) wrote:

Well these are the extreme that we on here expected. This pattern in essence started in March and has not changed that much in reality. What brought the brutal cold has now resulted in droughts. Just variations on a high pressure theme. Ron is correct if that pattern holds them early winter could be harsh. This is true MIA conditions. However I suspect we will see a pattern shift in Autumn to a very prolonged wet period.
On 23 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

1pm and 85F with a bit of breeze around. Some cloud to give some shady spells. The legacy media are already looking forward to some fake news headlines regarding temperature as I have already seen mention of breaking a record set at Heathrow airport. Sigh, no end to their lies in sight. Snow in Italy on the Dolomites 2 days ago. Not unknown but contrary to the claims that we would not see snow again. Not likely to feature on the BBC. Neither would the cold and snow in Peru for the third winter in a row. I heard it said that the Clangers actually espoused Marxist ideology in their whistles due to their creator's views. If our current politicians spoke like the Clangers we would not be missing anything.
On 23 Jul 2018, Lorrane wrote:

Lorraine// clear blue skies with a westerly wind blowing says 23deg a n thermo but sure the sun has more heat n it. I am still doing the sand test, summers with unbroken sunshine in the summers of early 70s and 60s were normally disrupted by thunderstorms, that is not happening. Yes the sand on the beach was hot but not too hot not to walk on like those long hot summers of old
On 22 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

18˚C at 7.30, sunny & very warm already and working up to Phew-what-a-scorcher: 30˚ by midday, fortunately there was quite a bit of fair-weather cumulus about so we got some shade, augmented by a light NNWíly breeze, still 21˚ at 9pm. == Bill S, we also have trees with drooping leaves, theyíre just going into autumn a bit early and will likely survive, though the 300 or so we planted in April are having a hard time and wonít all survive, such is lifeÖ
On 22 Jul 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) wrote:

It's been generally cloudy for best part of a week. Some rain again Thursday and especially Friday afternoon.months total now 44mmThe grass has greened up again except for some patches,sadly the rain was too late for a few of thelocal trees in the fields, which now have shed all leaves. Some very fine" Mist " early on today sun coming out this afternoon lifting Temperature to just above 25 c the highest for over a week.
On 22 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Ronnie.... The Clangers were fake too. Puppets apparently. Another childhood dream shattered!..... Maria ...enveeeee! Been out walking the moors today and not a single hirundine in sight. Lovely and cloudy with a chilly breeze. Lots of larger streams and other water drainage rivulets are still flowing healthily, so the moors are still draining. Lakes as opposed to reservoirs are still full to the brim....even small ones.
On 21 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, foggy and mild, which turned out to be the theme of the day, actually quite restful after weeks of sunshine, still to begin with, then SEíly sea breeze, max temp 21˚, still 15˚ at 10pm. == We had some Swedish guests who said that back home it was so dry that farmers didnít have enough grass to feed the cattle and had to slaughter many, then the slaughterhouses got chock-a-block and the price of meat plummeted. Also just read that in Switzerland vegetable growers are having to discard tons of veg because growth has been so abundant due to high temps and much precipitation in thunderstorms that there also prices have fallen.
On 21 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Maria, did you do any shadow puppets? No swallows but swifts noisily circling the church steeple. Plagued by those tiny black flies under the trees at Lydden circuit that annoy you as they move on your skin. Better out from under the trees in the sun with a light breeze to keep it from being too hot. Blackberries just about ripe in some areas but raspberries have suffered in the absence of rain. We should all know by now that a couple of days of hot weather is a 'heat wave' and climate change. Cold weather is just a 'cold snap' and weather even if it goes on for weeks.
On 21 Jul 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Social mediain meltdown over prospects if temperatures reaching ~30c all week then possibly 33-35c on Friday in SE England. Rumours of heat reload first weekend of August. Iím struggling in this, I really am.
On 21 Jul 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

Warmists having a ball with the high temps in the NH. Let's see what they say if the same pattern holds in the winter eg after the roaster of 1995 Glasgow had it's coldest Xmas period on record.
On 20 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Weird everywhere I have driven this week I have seen Swallows, like an explosion of them all over the place. Woke to the lovely sound of rain around 7.45 a.m stayed humid but showers passed on and the late morning was pleasant, stayed dry for rest of the day and a build up of stormy looking clouds with some sun to finish. Max 21 / 22 deg. Tiny one loved it as I had the velox open slightly and blind open a little bit which was just enough for the sunset to project onto our back bedroom wall for what seemed like 5 or so mins helped mesmerise her to sleep :) 19 deg. & muggy though a slight breeze @ 10.39pm
On 20 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚ at 7.30, overcast & starting to rain gently, at last!, around 9am and going on into early afternoon, better than short sharp downpours, so tonight everything is humid, mild and smelling heavenly. In spite of constant cloud cover we had 21˚ today and still feeling very mild with 16˚ at 10pm. Tomorrow looks to be cloudy, so we wonít have too much evaporation and the humidity can sink into the ground a little and help the grass to grow a little.
On 20 Jul 2018, Ronnie wrote:

Fair point, Gerry; and, apparently, The Clangers never even went to the moon; it was all faked at a secret studio inside Area 51 (at Wood Lane) !!
On 20 Jul 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Well the average daytime temperatures are provisionally 27c by day and 16c by night in my little corner of SW Essex which is slightly higher than 2006 by day and marginally cooler by night (Day 26.8c/Night 16.2c). Some scattered showers finally for SE England later today and possibly tomorrow. Then all eyes on a sweatfest next Friday (27th) with temperature possibly reaching 35c somewhere in E Anglia/SE England. But do we get the traditional thundery breakdown or does the head reload? Either way, Piers absolutely nailed the end of July! What next for August???
On 19 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

If they did it would be the first time Trumpton Fire Brigade put out a fire. They never did for the simple reason they couldn't do it with the puppets as they would probably catch fire.
On 19 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Well we had that bit of rain mentioned on last post and a little bit more the next morning which was enough to damp down the dust but still not really enough to replenish. Still haven't cut the grass as it is hanging in there and looking ok considering lack of rain, dew probably helping too, i'm seeing a lot of low cut lawns suffering around, glad I cut ours high and with the mulcher in as a little permaculture helps prior to hot weather. Seemed to hot up today after a few cooler cloudier days and quite clear and cool last night, 17 deg. now at 10.53pm
On 19 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30 cloudy & still, but by 8.30 the sun was out and we had another warm day with a cooling SEíly breeze, max temp 27˚, enjoying it while it lasts, 14˚ by 10pm.
On 19 Jul 2018, Ronnie wrote:

Interesting point about a wind drought, Gerry; but, either way, all this heat could lead to an increased risk of moorland fires in Trumptonshire for Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grub to deal with
On 19 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Will we have the August forecast soon as hoping there might be a bit of rain to come?
On 19 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Russ - meanwhile seabirds are staring on Greenland because of all the snow still there. The researcher was 'shocked' by his encounter with reality as opposed to lies that the Arctic is super warm and all the ice has melted. The UK is suffering from a 'wind drought' apparently. Not something to bother most of us if you don't go sailing, fly kites, windsurf, hang glide or are called Windy Miller (one for older readers). Also hitting SSE profits as their income from taxpayer boosted wind energy is down and they have to use gas. Jo Nova has a post about a Japanese paper looking into correlation between solar activity and lightning activity which also mentions that the solar wind might play a part in our weather.... Now who'd have thought that? Despite the 'wind drought' it has often been breezy which has offset the heat and helped cool the house in the evening. More cloud around yesterday but otherwise more warm weather.
On 19 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

You can't win with these greenie muppets. Not too long ago we were being told that thousands of adult penguins and their chicks had starved because it snowed too much and the sea ice had extended, to such a degree, that the adults trying to reach the sea to feed literally couldn't reach it in time and froze to death en route. Or was it that they took so long getting back the others starved.? Any road up, now it's warming that's going to kill appropriate. It's too hot - it's too cold, never satisfied us humies! >> << .......... Been lovely and chilly and cloudy this past few days.
On 18 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, cloudy & still, some sunshine from time to time when it occasionally got quite hot, max temp 22˚, but often the cloud cover made the SEíly sea breeze feel quite cold once it got going. Little bit of sun in the evening 14˚ by 9pm.
On 18 Jul 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Interesting data at the Swiss Avalanche Research Advjsory service. On the Weissfluehjoch, the 2540m summit above Davos (where SLF is based), they recorded the highest snow depths ever in late January 2018, but the summer melt was complete by mid-June, as compared to early August in an average year. They stated that this was the earliest snow-free date recorded in any year where a record high snow depth at any time in the season had been documented. This shows clearly that winter snows are but one factor in determining snow turning into permanent snow fields, with summer melt being far more important. In Scotland, it is expected that no snow patches will survive until next winter, despite it being an excellent ski season lasting until early May.
On 17 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, overcast with light rain off & on during the morning, looking at the radar sequence I could see that we had a fair amount of rain during the night, slight breeze from a mostly SEíly direction, some bright spells during which temps managed to climb to 23˚, heavy shower around 7pm and then a cloudy end to the day, 14˚ at 10pm. == Re Attenvane, read (not a Greenie site btw), shows very well how the Green movement has been hijacked by those who want others to die first, Club of Rome statement, 1st sentence: ďThe common enemy of humanity is manĒ. Bingo!
On 17 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

There was a nice breeze yesterday to tame some of the heat on another warm and dry day in the SE. A bit more cloud around today with a bit of breeze. Attenborough must be one of the very few who have taken the path from light to dark. There was a period when I believed in global warming but then when the taxes started coming in I started to wonder. The first book I read was Meltdown and suddenly what had appeared certain was anything but. Back before it was invented I am sure it was Attenborough presenting a programme on the Baltic where at the northern end the sea is retreating. Rather contrary to the we will all drown message but it was explained that the sea was not actually moving - the land was. Now that sort of inconvenient fact is omitted when sinking land appear to cause sea level rise.
On 17 Jul 2018, Bill S ( N E Wales) wrote:

Another good soaking yesterday thatís 38mm since last Thursday. Even the grass is starting to green up again. Todayís bbc headlines talk about ďshippingĒwelsh water to England and introducing a hose pipe ban in the north west , a bit premature? A lot of electricity production this week is through gas and coal due to low wind generation and increased cloud , but you wonít see that on bbc though
On 17 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Yes Mark, Attenborrow told us global warming was bullsheet, then it was, " no wait a minute, my brilliant scientific mind got side-tracked for a moment there, it's actually all true....we're all doomed!" Hypocrisy knows no bounds when it comes to 'saving the planet'.
On 16 Jul 2018, Mark Hall wrote:

Like when he dug up all those turtle eggs to fry for breakfast or kidnapped all those" Zoo Quest " mammal babies for his own and the BBC viewers' entertainment back in the day. Total fraud. He correctly disparaged AGW when it first reared its ugly head, but saw which way the wind was blowing. Now a full on convert to this fraudulent religion. Not a scientist, not an educator. Just another cynical, self-interested operator.
On 16 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

17˚C at 7.30, overcast and still, something resembling rain happened between 9.30 and 11, just enough to settle the dust. Síly breeze getting up which made it pleasant in the max temp of 27˚ we got in the afternoon and makes 18˚ feel cool now at 9pm. == David Yorkshire: I donít disagree with you on Aís merits, nobody can be 100% wrong, he has undoubtedly opened peopleís eyes for the natural world, a good thing. But if you look at the depopulation agenda you might take a slightly different view of Mr A.
On 16 Jul 2018, David (Yorkshire) wrote:

Bit strong to slate Attenborough like that, he has done alot of good for our planet just in educating the masses on the natural world.
On 16 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

"Dump the disgraceful Attenbrough and bring back David Bellamy." ...... I'll second that!
On 15 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

20˚C at 7.30, highest morning temperature this year, doesnít happen very often, followed by highest max temp of 32˚ - not sure whether I can fully trust my ancient thermometer but it was damn hot and very enjoyable. Not all fun for farmers though as cereal crops havenít filled out and our neighbour is running out of fresh grass for his cattle. Still 19˚ at 9.30pm. == Attenborough/Malthusians/Eugenicists: their pseudo-cogent arguments always involve other people dying out, not them, they donít seem to be very keen on topping themselves or their extended families, i.e. leading by example :-)
On 15 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Russ - you missed an important word about their predictions - wrong. We are all still waiting for their first correct prediction. Another hot day but blessed with a bit of breeze across the marsh at Lydd. Lots of hot mini-bike action on the circuit. No need for a warm up lap. Back home and the patio thermometer is reading 86F at 7pm. I hope we will have a cool evening so at least my fans can blow out the heat and draw in the cool. Dump the disgraceful Attenbrough and bring back David Bellamy.
On 15 Jul 2018, Mark Hall wrote:

Russ, Attenborough would have no problem explaining away the massive increase in Greenland's ice budget. Along the lines of AGW causing localised cooling etc. In other words it would be out of the Holdren playbook. And I have no doubt that when he dies, no one will be allowed to point out that he was a Malthusian fanatic who eagerly anticipated the demise of billions of the Earth's human inhabitants. That he advocated that future famine relief efforts should not take place especially in the undeveloped world. That sort of stuff will not be allowed just like with that other phony a couple of months ago.
On 15 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Woke up at 7.30 a.m cloudy and still, by 9 a.m a little drizzle and now some proper showers at 10.30 a.m onwards and yeah it smells and feels bootiful 😂 87% humidity and 17 deg at 11.10 a.m first rain since 18th June here, a day short of 4 weeks, it has been like a months holiday lots of fun in the sun well enjoyed but #welcomebackrainwemissedyou...atinybit 💧
On 15 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Near the end of that Greenland snow article I note the mention of global warming causing more moisture over the Arctic, therefore more snow. That only works if the place it is snowing - the Arctic - is very cold. But in the warming world they keep promising, the Arctic will be "ice free" for most of the year and warmer. Any extra snow will only fall in winter but won't collect because global warming will heat the ocean surface and prevent the sea ice forming. Their predictions are empty, circular, contradictory and what's new?
On 15 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Maybe David Attenburg(sic) is going to be on holiday in Greenland this year? >> <<
On 15 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paddy. They could be a family from a nearby farm, say within 10 miles which, considering the changing weather patterns over Scotland lately, could have been following the food. Air currents close to the ground could have been pushing their favourite insects toward you. In similar weather conditions you could see them return. I see a similar pattern locally where a grassy moorland hillside overlooking a large birch wood is their favoured spot, but in strong winds or mist or cold, they move down to the dairy farms in the valley around 400ft lower elevation.
On 14 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Rain!!!! Over in Edenbridge yesterday I could see dark clouds and rain from them and heard rumbles of thunder. Driving home nothing happened until just after I arrived when it started to rain slowly but became heavier. Had to go for a walk and it was steady and there was the lovely rain smell. slowed and stopped. Town centre looked like it had received a heavier burst. Later drove off to the farm shop and soon it was bone dry and in Godstone they had seen nothing at all. Another warm day touching 80F with some clouds to ease the heat at this year's Lingfest. Cooled off nicely in the evening again.
On 14 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

The last couple of days mostly cloudy with sunny spells, mild although temp feels cool after recently but still 22/24 deg by day and around 14 overnight. Still no rain as yet, chance of showers soon maybe.. A good bit more sunshine today and 24/25 deg for a time though cloud returned and with it the humidity has climbed a little.
On 14 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

17˚C at 7.30, bright sunshine, clouding over somewhat during the morning in a strengthening Síly breeze but in all it was a very sunny day with a max temp of 27˚, great for the family & friends barbecue we had, staying warm for a long time into the evening, still 18˚ at 10.30pm. == Russ, I was sitting outside tonight enjoying the mild evening and lo and behold, there was a flight of about 8 swallows swooping & spinning above the farm, even a solitary swift turned up. After an hour or so they all left, leaving our two loners to themselves; Iím rather hoping theyíll come back and mate with ours for the second brood, bit maybe that sort of thing doesnít happen.
On 14 Jul 2018, Geof wrote:

Can't understand why David Attenborough has just launched a brand new ice-breaker, when they've long told us that all the ice would be gone by 2018! Luckily it comes with a little submarine, which can film the immense volcanic and geothermal activity recently discovered beneath the Western Antarctic shelf which, even NASA have reluctantly agreed, was largely responsible for 30 years of 'melting'...As usual, no mention of THIS on the B.B.C (Biased Broadcasting Corp).
On 14 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Also, thinking back over the years, even when there was hardly any rain for several months, the Ladybower trio didn't look seriously empty until mid to late August. All the mining and heavy industry which used vast amounts of water have almost all closed down. This also follows an unusually cold and wet spring, where the ground was still sodden and cold (low evaporation) until mid May. But as usual, as soon as the threat of hose-pipe bans is heard echoing through the halls of meteorological giants, the rains come and cause floods and chaos. It's only a matter of time! (spoken with a soft Edinburgh accent like Alan Young in The Time Machine 1960).
On 14 Jul 2018, Bill S (NE Wales) wrote:

Yesterday was wet with rain early morning (4-6 am)and for a few hours mid afternoon 27mm in total, our wettest day this year! Still warm though 23.4c before the afternoon rain. Beautiful start to the day, plentysun with light winds, more cloud though today and feeling more humid. Temp up to 25.6 c by 2pm.
On 14 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Maria. It's been an excellent year for butterflies and we have met many people with binoculars who, when questioned, are not bird watchers but butterfly watchers. We have noted huge amounts of all insects especially dragonflies..... Paddy, If some Swallows made it that far north but the overall numbers are similar to the rest of the UK, then the reason for the severe drop in numbers must be all encompassing across the entire migratory route, and not localised as I first thought earlier in the year......David. Did they mention the diabolically cold and wet 17 month period leading up to this heatwave?...... Not sure why the Ladybower trio of dams is almost empty. Last time I visited was late May and they were all full to the brim with all tributary's flowing healthily. How they could possibly empty in 6 weeks is beyond my comprehension. The dryness and lack of rain was slowing grass growth around the middle of June so only 4 weeks ago.
On 13 Jul 2018, David (Yorkshire) wrote:
On 13 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C overnight, 14˚ at 7.30, dull start but brightening up by 9am, Síly breeze, max temp a respectable 25˚, lovely mild evening, 16˚ at 10pm.
On 12 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, overcast and grey all day with a cool Níly breeze, end of story. Max temp 19˚ which was the upside, down to 13˚ again by 10pm. == Re swallows, as Iíve mentioned before we just have 2 and theyíre not a pair of opposite sex, so no youngsters. Also hardly saw any swifts this year, they usually pass over the farm in the evenings.
On 12 Jul 2018, Bill S (NE Wales) wrote:

The long dry spell here of over a month has ended. Some early drizzle and evening light rain only amounting to 0.4 mm . Still warm though reaching 25c today.
On 12 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Russ re: Swallows, their numbers are def. down here too as usually when going into town I would see a good amount flying down the high street and swooping back up above the houses, only seeing the odd couple. Noticed about 2 pairs and a few I presume young above around our garden and maybe another 2 next door. Not sighted many on walks either and bird numbers def. declined in our garden this summer as usually so noisy in the mornings and always a big number in our back garden. An increase in Butterflys this year..
On 12 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Somerset and NW Devon have Swallows but I only saw two lots of around 7 ... so two families the whole day. A few Swifts over Barnstaple. Eyes peeled throughout a 3.5hr train journey from Derbyshire to Devon and saw nothing until the first sighting near Taunton, about 3hrs into the journey. So my fears are confirmed. This really is a summer without Swallows, with just the odd family here and there in the south, and what seems to be just unmated pairs of - probably males - farther north. I've not seen a single House or Sand Martin either....not yet......... Could it be that the cold snaps very late in the spring, wiped out the insects just as the birds were migrating, and they literally starved en route? I'm searching for answers...
On 11 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

16˚C at 7.30, overcast and still start, slight breeze later mostly from an Eíly direction, grey all day but still a max temp of 22˚, drizzle from 8pm onwards, just enough to dampen the dust, 14˚ at 10pm. == Russ, when there is not enough moisture cereal grains donít fill out, meaning a poor harvest.
On 11 Jul 2018, Kim Baker wrote:

Greetings from Pas d' Calais I found a dessicated baby bat in my courtyard this morning ,but there is no shortage of Swallows ,Swifts and Sparrows (I do put out lots of water for them though) Bone dry here
On 11 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

A lot cooler the last two days. Chilly standing out watching the flypast under cloudy skies yesterday. Sunnier today but chilly at the station. One field nearby had a combine in last Thursday. Noticed a blackbird taking blackberries already and have seen the first one that is almost black.
On 11 Jul 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

"You get loads of people citing all sorts of rubbish on here" .... True .... and trolls! Dictionary definition - 'Someone who provokes or abuses others, esp. on the Internet'........ Drove almost 400 miles all over the Yorkshire moors yesterday and saw 3 Swallows. Only 5 local Swallows a few days ago and 2 Swifts. Not seen a summer like this in 49 years of birdwatching......Lots of late sown crops ripening very quickly but through the drought so may fail. Farmers seem reluctant to harvest, so not sure what's going on. Maybe the outward appearance of ripeness hides the true state of the grain's progress?
On 10 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Temp dropped off after midnight last night back to around 10 / 11 deg. by Lovely and cold out this morning in comparison to recently and dew point down to 9 deg where it has been 13 the last few days, and 12 deg start, nice for a bare feet early morning walk. Lovely clear sky and sunshine from the get go and temp a lovely hot 27 deg this afternoon. 17 deg at 10.52pm and partly cloudy.
On 10 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, overcast was the theme of the day with a mostly light SEíly wind, got to 22˚ in spite of the absence of the sun, calm tonight with 15˚ at 9.30pm. According to MO the outlook for the next few days is the same.
On 09 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Similar to yesterday with a fair bit of cloud to start although warm from the off, except cloud shifted quicker today and long stretches of sunshine, around max 26/27 deg with a light breeze, nice evening and continuing to make the most of the heat. Considering we have not had a Heatwave most green grass has turned a funny shade of crispy brown everywhere and grass hardly growing thats normal summer weather though eh! even though we have lived in the 'Emerald Isles' 16 years and have never had it this hot for this long. Don't mind me though i'm probably talking bollox and imagining it like really we have had weeks of 16 / (18 -20 deg. if we are lucky) & rain like our usual summers and any minute now i'm going to wake up with my face in a bowl of mash potato and well you know the rest!-)
On 09 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, overcast & feeling positively cold, well, until I started working, that is, but it was quite a contrast to yesterday, especially with a cool NWíly wind. Afternoon was much brighter and it got up to 26˚, even more in sheltered parts. 13˚ by 10pm and overcast again. No rain in the offing for quite a while by the looks of it, somebody told me today that further inland cereal crops are looking really poor in parts.
On 09 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

A lot more cloud around today with some breeze as well. Just after 6pm and it is 78F on the patio. At least it chilled down overnight and the fans made it low 60s for bedtime. Having to sleep with the windows open and a fan going can produce some interesting results. A bat flying around your bedroom does make sleep difficult and provides the challenge of how to get it out. Opening a large window and aiming a fan through it eventually did the trick. It must have missed the roost entrance and come inside instead. Yesterday afternoon after a hit day at Brands Hatch, the patio thermometer was reading just over 90F and that was about an hour later than today. Full praise to the Kent Show, Capel Military Vehicle show and Brands Hatch for having water taps available. We have a village festival next Saturday and I have asked what provision they have to supply water. Having to buy water is not acceptable.
On 09 Jul 2018, Mark Hall wrote:

Prolonged summer droughts were common in the UK between 1885 to 1909, so we might be entering a repeating cycle. That period was the build-up to the Yoshimura climate trough around the end of the First World War. You see a lot of derelict wells on the farmland of the Home Counties that date from this period. Maybe they will be brought back into service before too long.
On 08 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

17˚C at 7.30, cloudy but mild, quite a bit of sunshine in the morning with temps rising to 27˚, then clouding over for the rest of the day with temps cooling down to 13˚ at 10pm. After 7pm a strange thing happened: something resembling water fell from the sky, I looked it up on the net, apparently itís called rain - anybody know anything about that?
On 08 Jul 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Eastside It does matter a jot what normal weather is in the Baltic, the fact is we are in the midst of a period of hot dry weather we only experience every few decades in the UK. Here in NW London we have barely had any rain since the beginning of May, temperatures are way above average for this country, as are sunshine hours. Only 1976 in my lifetime can compare. British people comment on British weather. Most of us have been to places where 35C is common, be that Greece, Southern Spain. We know our climate is usually more temperate than the Mediterranean. I for one have experienced -30C in an Alpine winter, colder than anything ever recorded in this country. I know full well that continental winters put UK ones to shame. But because we live in Britain, our comments are mostly about Britain. Is that a crime?
On 08 Jul 2018, RuairŪ (East coast of Ireland) wrote:

Loving the heat. It will be madness if and when the flood arrives?
On 07 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Another great day enjoying the good weather "heatwave heat wave 👋 wave of heat or just plain old Hot Air" whatever! makes no feckin difference to my world what you call it 😜
On 07 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

17˚C at 7.30, warm in spite of the cool NWíly breeze - which during the day gradually turned into the SE - , mostly cloudy morning but very bright afternoon, max temp 25˚, cooler evening in the sea breeze, 16˚ at 9.30pm. == eastside, 29˚ is exceptional for us (highest Iíve ever measured on our thermometer was 31˚ a number of years ago) - and weíre enjoying it! Especially after 11 wet & mostly cool summers, last real & lasting heat we had was 2006.
On 07 Jul 2018, eastside wrote:

You get loads of people citing all sorts of rubbish on here. 29C is by no means a heat wave, it's a normal summer day in much of Europe. (only in the overhyped, overblown UK, can 2 flakes of snow count as a freezing blast, - idem normal summer weather - "heatwave") It's really time for this sort of bollox to stop! When it becomes uncomfortable to drive without aircon, tough to work outdoors, and generally involves some sort of siesta or break in the afternoon, accompanied by obligatory cooling in fountains or swimming pools - THAT IS HOT. Ie. typical Moscow in 2010, or France in 2017. (37-38C) When the children can't go to school in winter, in our part of the world it's when it dips below -30C. All the other "Nanny state" rubbish which Canadians and Russians routinely laugh at is irrelevant, talking of which... A PROPER heat wave was taking place in Quebec now, not some wimpy UK warm air stuff. ..54 dead etc...35-36C, much as we had in the northern Rhone valley earlier th
On 07 Jul 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

What is a heatwave? ďA heatwave refers to a prolonged period of hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity. The World Meteorological Organization guidance around the definition of a heatwave is ďA marked unusual hot weather (Max, Min and daily average) over a region persisting at least two consecutive days during the hot period of the year based on local climatological conditions, with thermal conditions recorded above given thresholds.Ē [Met Office]. Jul av max temp in Lyon 27įC. Current av max this Jul is 28įC that's +7įC over the av. CET until 5th July is 19.7įC, +4.2įC above av. What's been a relief during this spell is dew points rarely exceeding 11įC & low humidity offering relief at night & in shade, mins of 15-17įC but they have been few & far between. Nights are only ~3įC over av. It would be nice if we had shutters on windows to keep the heat out, but we don't it's an exception not the rule unlike Lyon. Could do with some rain. Any rain.
On 07 Jul 2018, eastside wrote:

Heatwave 29C?? That's no heatwave, that's just warm summer weather! Here in France, there has already been a real heatwave at the beginning of this week. (37C in Lyon/Rhone area). Back in Russia, it's been properly warm as has shown on some of the world cup matches. (30C DAILY). In Baltic area/Finland it was the warmest MAY for about 30yrs, so it shows how the blocking highs are moving around rather unpredictably after the stormiest MAY for years in France. I'm not complaining about a nice warm summer, it's good for plants, especially after the well watered month of May. That made for the best cherries I have ever tasted!
On 06 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Yesterday cloudy to start but sun breaking through and hotting up by late aft. mix of sun and clouds Max temp 27 deg. A good day to venture out for a hair cut after lots of eve. Gardening and do some food shopping with the kids as slightly less intense heat and good day to have off and get 6home by lunchtime :) Not surprisingly everywhere is so dry with crispy grass to walk on and the smell of wild fires in the distance. Another cloudier day today with hot sunny breaks, made for some great cloud watching on a blanket, can't remember the last time I did that, 26 deg dropping to 19 tonight at 11.44pm
On 06 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

'The children just won't know what snow is.' Well in southern Africa they don't as they have never seen it before but for the first time ever snow has fallen as part of widespread snowfall in S Africa, Zambia and Botswana. At the Kent show the livestock were suffering from the heat. Fans were being used to cool them at cost to the organisers thanks to the global warming scam merchants. Some cloud during the afternoon and an occasional bit of breeze but hot it was. Seems Tonbridge caught a local storm bringing flooding according to a commentator.
On 06 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, overcast start to the day but sun coming out by 9.30am and getting pretty hot, bar the usual Eíly sea breeze which kept temps deceptively cool so you donít notice when you get sunburnt, max temp 25˚ and staying bright into the evening, 16˚ at 9pm. Everything is really dry, our farming neighbours would like some rain but, on the other hand, theyíve been able to make hay like not for many years.
On 06 Jul 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

AGWers making lots of noises abut mid-NH heatwave--no mention of the cold Arctic. PADDY--went to Cairngorm yesterday--similar experience.
On 05 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

Travelling up to Beauly yesterday with the car windows open all the way it was so hot - 29˚C according to the car thermometer, we even went swimming in the river there. As we travelled back to Nairn late afternoon, cloud started building from the west but it was still very warm, over 20˚ on the beach in the evening. Travelling back home today, it was sunny with some cloud, this getting thicker as we approached Aberdeen and temps went down as we got back on our hill, stiff Síly breeze there. When youíre used to high temps, 20˚ seems rather cold! 12˚ at 10pm, more like the usual.
On 05 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Heatwaves are no different to cold spells - they happen infrequently so it is hard to justify having infrastructure for either. Houses in Spain for example are built with heat in mind so that when they get a cold spell they are not suited to it. If we constantly had hot weather it would be worth fitting air conditioning. At least modern office buildings are cooled given that we spend so much time in them. And more trains now have aircon to make you get less steamed up by the frequent delays. The easterly breeze has gone and for the first time in what seems ages, planes are coming in to Gatwick from my direction.
On 04 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

But equally I do realise the serious side of the heatwave as have read all the blurb in the papers and that shower or any could have been real handy.. but then again they cope in Spain and other hot countries manage ...
On 04 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Hot hot and more hot again :-) 29 deg. here today still 23 at 8.35pm I watched with anticipation as some huge cumulus clouds towering above came and perched right over us and I really thought some immense storm was going to kick off as it all darkened and could do with a wee shower, but nope it has just stayed electric looking and now i feel like the ready break character glowing but with a tan. Fab weather and you get in the zone with it and almost get used to it, & i'm just not going to do it moan that is, you can't after all the summers recently you just couldn't :-)
On 04 Jul 2018, Peterg wrote:

The "Great Fire of London" began on the 2nd of September 1666 (early Maunder Minimum) and lasted for 5 days. It had been a long, hot, dry summer and as most of the buildings were made of timber, the timber was bone dry. A strong easterly wind (know then as the Belgium Wind) had set in a few days earlier and it`s this strong wind that helped spread the fire quite rapidly across London. One third of London was destroyed by the fire. Hence my earlier comments about this heatwave being similar to the ones that occurred during the early "Maunder Minimum" This does not mean that we are about to have a similar summer, but a close watch needs to be kept on the behaviour of the lows out in the Atlantic over the next two weeks or more.
On 03 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, sunny all day again, lesser sea breeze than yesterday, reflected in higher max temp: 27˚, weíre all soaking up sun for the coming winter. Farmers are beginning to get concerned about the lack of rain, I had to water our potatoes today, good job we have our own supply. 15˚ at 10pm. == Kim: depending on your level of subscription, you might get your forecast mailed to you. Otherwise and in any case, go to the homepage, click on Subscribers, put in your email/user name and password, then go to forecasts, scroll down and you will find the one that applies to you, hope that helps.
On 03 Jul 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) wrote:

Another very warm day .This is 9th day in a row over 27c ( only just over at 27.3 today) and felt fresher too in the easterly breeze.
On 03 Jul 2018, Kim Baker wrote:

Hi WA folk, I have just subcribed please could anyone inform me what happens now?how does one receive the forecast, or how do I log in for them,grateful for any help,thanks🌹
On 03 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

The breeze is strong today and helps keep the heat down. As it did yesterday. And it has been a feature of the current warm spell that there has been a strong easterly breeze. Didn't have that in 1976. The fields look ready for a hay cut and we are just into July. When it comes to watering I have to rely on waterbutts as I have a meter. Move house in the SES Water region and they will install a meter. My longterm 20-30yrs neighbours don't have meters.
On 03 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Muggy night some fresh air early this a.m looking like another beautiful blue sky n sunshine day. 19 deg feeling more like 21 @ 9.15 a.m // Yeah sorry Russ sun went to my head yesterday and made me smile and laugh too much, have my mature head on today.
On 03 Jul 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Sorry Russ. It was either a Fiat or a Peugeot to take the flack. The latter being a car that famously used to overheat for me so badly that the brakes locked up and eventually failed. Meanwhile, a refreshing breeze in C London this morning and hopes of some heavy downpours over the next 3 days as High Pressure relents slightly before reasserting itself from the weekend onwards. Much uncertainty about the timing and nature of the breakdown. Still in the unreliable timeframe to bank on it - unless you've subscribed any have seen the July update of course...
On 02 Jul 2018, Russ NE D'shire wrote:

Steve - Maria. I wish I could share in your jolity about Fiat reliability. We owned a Stilo 1.2 for 9 years. 115,000 miles still had original clutch, chnged original battery after 95,000 miles. Never changed the brake fluid. Only changed brake discs once around 80,000 miles. Never failed an MOT. The epitome of a reliable car. Been all over the place, across Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire, by train and by car and not a single Swallow or Swift seen anywhere. Stranger things with very late planted crops like barley, seemed to catch up with the calendar growth wise BUT they started ripening really quickly due to the heat and sunlight. Problem now is water! Poor farmers just can't win. Plant early the crops are killed by late frosts and waterlogged ground. Plant late they are destroyed by drought.
On 02 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, sunny all day but with a very cool Eíly breeze that kept going till early evening, which gave a strange mixture of hot & cold, depending on where on the farm I was working. Max temp still 24˚, many nicely shaped cirrus clouds, fine and now still evening with 15˚ at 9pm.
On 02 Jul 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

increasingly reminds me of 1995--and the cold December that followed.
On 02 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

"As reliable as a Fiat" 😂😂😂 that gave me hysterics 😊 Back warmer again this morning fab sunny day 26 deg at 3pm perfect for drying out from a manic fun water fight with the kids, great to have some quality fun time with them now tiny one 23 weeks old and my feet touching the floor again. Great weather for recharging love it! Enjoy peeps as we never know how long we got it this warm and sunny and yeah we need rain but hey Ireland won't take long to refill its rain love tank thats for sure.
On 02 Jul 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

All out hysteria breaking out on Twitter following the latest GFS 6z output. First of all the 6z is about as reliable as a Fiat and secondly, it is the notoriously fickle GFS system which changes it's mind more times than the wind changes. All eyes on Piers' latest July update which I believe is imminent. My gut feeling is that the heatwave will break down spectacularly just as the kids' summer holidays begin!
On 02 Jul 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Seems that Maria has swapped her nights for ours as last the wind died down and it was much warmer than previous nights. A layer of cloud was around that may well have trapped the heat. At 75F it was too hot to sleep so a fan had to go on to draw the cooler outside air in. Did the trick as I woke at dawn and turned it off, job done. At alarm time it was 64F, well up on previous mornings. Sunshine and at 2pm 83F in the City. Meanwhile Lulea in Sweden has a 12 story high pile of snow to get rid of if anyone needs any. Their concern is that come winter it will still be there leaving them to find somewhere else to put their snow clearance. There is no budget to hire an excavator to spread the snow to help it melt.
On 02 Jul 2018, Lorrane wrote:

Lorraine//sunshine topping 23 degrees last week with continuous drying wind from north east but still muggy last two days forecast thunderstorms which never transpired with mediocre rain with sunshine forecast now for next two weeks can honestly see a drought warning her by end of Juky. Will keep you posted -Guernsey
On 01 Jul 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Fresh air blowing into the bedroom this morning was refreshing and good job i'd dressed the tiny one in an extra layer last night when room read 22 deg as much cooler inside and out than recent early mornings by 4 a.m Still it warmed up to another brill day some welcome cloud at times and breeze to give us some respite mixed in with sunny hot spells, max 27 deg and 17 tonight at 11pm with an almost balmy feel
On 01 Jul 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

16˚C at 7.30, warm Síly breeze in contrast to the cold wind from the same quarter yesterday, turning into another amazingly sunny day with literally not a cloud in sight for most of it, max temp here 24˚ but where we went for a swim in the river Feugh further inland it was a few degrees warmer, clear end to the day, lovely freshness with 14˚ at 10pm. This far north we rarely get really warm or muggy nights.
On 01 Jul 2018, David (Yorkshire) wrote:

Well done piers best spell of summer weather of the century. Not too got either. Very cold winter spells followed by heatwaves. Takes me back to my childhood.
On 01 Jul 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) wrote:

Another hot day reaching 29 c before dropping back this afternoon in the hazy sun , still 22 c at 2000hrs . The one observation I forgot to mention yesterday was the ď autumnĒ colours on some of the younger trees , namely birch trees and some already shedding leaves. Strange to see at this time of year.
On 30 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Totally making the most of the weather and although the heat has dropped off a little we still reached 29 today and with it not being as intense as the last week we could really enjoy it, some thin cloud went on past but again on the whole blue sky and sunshine with only a couple of cloudy moments. Great night for a BBQ fab sky again and 18 deg at 11pm Our house still hanging on to its heat and at 22deg only a few deg cooler tonight but we all getting used to it now :-)
On 30 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Very breezy today verging on windy which kept the temperature in check. Only made it to 69F at 11am and then into the high 70s during the afternoon before plunging back down in the evenings as 11pm it is now 64F. Very dry now with even the clover starting to wilt.
On 30 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30, sunny and totally cloudless for most of the day, strong & cold Síly wind keeping temps down somewhat, otherwise we would have had more than the 20˚ max, which was still very agreeable, 13˚ by 10pm and quite still, humid & cool. == Bill S, I can also report good plant growth, surface of earth very dry but still plenty humidity down below after 12 wet summers, might have to water potatoes though, strawberries in tunnel in full flow.
On 30 Jun 2018, BillS N E Wales wrote:

Another dry month only 21.2mm most falling in the first few days of the month. Warm month too with the last 6 days being above 27c. Max recorded was 33c on 26th ( probably a degree high as the MO reported 32c locally) plants desperately dry glad there are no water restrictions here so able to give soft fruits and raised beds some good soakings. Glut of strawberries now over, blackcurrants picked and jammed today ,raspberries had first pickings this afternoon.
On 30 Jun 2018, Geoffrey hood wrote:

45 day subscriber, Well done piers i have just returned for a 10 days in south Devon which i booked using your 45 day predictions, i have changed from white to pink and then to brown, brilliant sunshine all week thanks
On 30 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Yellow Drought warning has been issued for the coming week for Ireland this morning ☺
On 30 Jun 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire wrote:

Over the last week or two I have found mobile phone data reception far poorer than usual in London, Bedfordshire and travelling in between and very erratic. Is this anything to do with the high solar wind Piers referred to on Twitter a few days back?
On 29 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

28.06.18 A whopping 17˚ C at 7.30, warmest morning this year and prelude to a scorcher of a day with a max temp of 29˚, which for us up here is big news, good job we had a nice cooling sea breeze. Wall to wall sunshine with just some appealing cirrus formations up above, still 16˚ at 10pm. Agree Steven Wright, June forecast was spot on! == 29.06.18 = 12˚C at 7.30, foggy and cool, lifting a bit mid morning but staying grey until mid afternoon when it began to brighten and get to a max temp of 19˚, we had a sunny but cool end to the day, all in a light NEíly breeze, 10˚ at 10.30pm, total contrast to yesterday. To see how we cope with heat in Scotland, see here
On 29 Jun 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub ) wrote:

Last night was so hot where heat had accumulated even though we had a breeze earlier in the late aft.that just blew hot air around it subsided by eve. 18 deg. Last night until it dropped to 16 around 12/1 a.m Beautiful again at 5 a.m this morning and sat outside at 6 for breakfast and to get feet on the grass, 17 by 7 a.m and another beautiful day max 29/30 deg hot hot and 24 still at 7.34pm fab blue sky all week to make the most of and lovely evening sky. Light breeze this eve. and either i'm getting the hang of the heat or its tailing off a tiny bit.
On 29 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

A lovely moon last night and Saturn should have been in view with the rings visible with a telescope or binoculars. Same pattern of weather, an easterly breeze in the country taking the day's heat away rapidly. After the cloud yesterday it was blue sky from the word go. 55F at 7am but now 76F in town. Good June forecast and I hope for the same in July although a bit of refreshing rain would be nice.
On 28 Jun 2018, steven wright wrote:

a good forecast for june I hope the rest of summer continues in the same vain just a question to ask when there is low sunspots is it easier to predict the weather and does for uk for example that when there is low sunspots that the summers tend to be a lot warmer and winters colder
On 28 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Its not funny but is a bit crazy how water restrictions going into action when we ordinarily get so much rain, glad we have a temporary kitchen but we have a bore hole, still being careful with water though as never take it for granted. Off out to see if cool enough to sunbathe might actually get tanned legs this year 😅
On 28 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Gees its 30deg here at 4.29pm and no let up yet to get outside, hotter first thing too than yesterday now that wev'e been hot all week I guess its topping up. Just presumed uk as hot as not had time to read weather
On 28 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Interesting the difference between Surrey and Ireland. I went outside at 7.30pm in shorts and t-shirt to deadhead some roses and within an hour and out from the sheltered part of the garden with the strong breeze I was actually starting to feel chilly. Breeze from east to west continuing after dark and helping cool the upstairs. Today it was overcast this morning and just 55F at 7am. Cloud has cleared now and it is a warm day in the City. 76F approaching 2pm.
On 28 Jun 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub ) wrote:

Wow another scorcher ( 27th) and by late aft. it was unreal heat & we had reached 30 deg here. Not moaning as I love the heat as much as snow but you just had to be sensible today esp. after seeing some real bad sunburn pics!-) Kids and I ventured out at 6pm was still 27 deg and sun shining but the shade was created by the red oak tree thats just getting big enough to dapple shade the paddling pool. Fans didn't really put a dent in the 25 deg indoors upstairs heat until 11pm taking it down to a kinder 23 so a late night for the 2 youngest before they could go up to bed. Midnight feet on the lawn ahhh bliss...14 deg now at 1.50 a.m
On 27 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, foggy start but brightening up by 9am, strong Síly wind which stopped temps rising beyond 22˚ but still a fabulous blue sky day with wispy cirrus clouds, the haar was never far away though and almost reached us by evening but remarkably, it stayed clear with us all evening, 12˚ at 10pm.
On 27 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Breezy yesterday which makes a big difference to taming the heat, especially in the evening if it keeps blowing. Nice and cool come bedtime after being in the low 80s during the day. Grass not really needing cutting as growth has dropped right off. A horse owning colleague has had to buy in hay as the grass has all been grazed. Is there a July 45d forecast yet?
On 27 Jun 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub ) wrote:

Muggy to start this morning 26th with some cloud about, looked like it could rain but instead sunshine cracked on through and another beautiful day, some high cloud and high temps again 29 deg with a real feel of 31, hard work kicking into work gear at 6 a.m after tiny ones feed at 5.00 but has to be done to slot in a few hours outside as by 10 a.m it is too hot for her out, managed 2 short sunbathe slots for some me time though inbetween and was fab 😅 lovin the heat even more so with the light breeze we had for a short time. Eating outside has become the way of life and was a great eve. Stuffy indoors late eve. makes you want to sleep outside. Just turning fans off at 12.12 a.m as finally dropped another deg. Or two and 16deg now.
On 26 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C overnight, 12˚ at 7.30, foggy start to the day followed by a sunny warm morning, 19˚ max by 11am, but then the haar moved in and it cooled down to 14˚ eventually, 11˚ by 10pm.
On 26 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

As expected, the air cooled last night but with no breeze the big fans took my bedroom from 83F down to 60F by bringing in the cool air. So feet under the duvet last night. As 11am approaches it is 73F already. Meanwhile it has snowed on Mount Etna and is more like March in parts of Italy. Snow has fallen in the Carpathians and in Poland. Contrary to the warmest evah claims and never see snow again in winter, let alone June.
On 25 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C overnight, 12˚ at 7.30, sunny from the word go temps climbing rapidly to a max of 25˚ by 11am, after which the cooling SEíly sea breeze set in as it always does with us in HP weather, quite a few cirrus clouds but they didnít impede the sunshine much, so a glorious day. 13˚ at 9.30pm.
On 25 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Watching the football and they commented on the heat in the city they are in, then said the MetO have declared the warmest day of the year in St. James's Park in the centre of the largest city in the UK. Strangely though my thermometer on the wall in a corner of my patio and still in shade concurs at 84F. However overnight the big gap will emerge between UHI and everywhere else. We have some breeze but I suspect it will die come sundown, so big fans it will be to cool my bedroom.
On 25 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

Agree, Maria - well done Piers. Well, last night at home it nothing on the bed and some shorts on me. I forgot to use the big fan to blow the heat out and draw the cool in as there was no breeze to speak of. However, I wonder if I had been camping in the garden as it did feel cool outside. While nice weather is good for days off and won't it be a hoot if it pours down when I return on Wednesday but I have work to do which is a struggle in the heat, although writing this looking out at the glorious day through my open study stable door over coffee and croissants. I am not sure I can spend all day in the shady parts. The Mail today is proud to say it will be hotter than Rio de Janeiro. Not sure why they chose there but of course it is winter in South America and shaping up for another cold one that could see more records broken.
On 25 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Well done Piers spot on, your forecast and the weather are jammin 🌞
On 25 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Yeah feet are a good measure of weather Gerry..everybodys 👣 were hanging out last night I reckon!-) 18 deg. already this morning its going to be a hot one 😎
On 24 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

A grow bag for children??? That's a new one on me. Tomatoes maybe, soft fruit perhaps. Do they come in peat-free versions? As Maria has mentioned bags it is a good measure of night time temp whether my feet are in or out of my sleeping bag. At Lydden Hill circuit in Kent the last 2 nights were a definite in. After a warm day on Friday, it was a cool night at the track. Yesterday was a pleasant day with a stiff breeze across the circuit and lots of sun but with some cloud at times. The moon was out as the temp dropped. Today was actually chilly in the shade with the breeze but the sun was out all day. The breeze ensured that the aroma of 2 stroke and Castrol R was spread around, and in the last 3 wheeler race even hot brakes could be smelt. While away at the track, today the village had a hog roast and were enjoying the sunshine as I drove past on my way home.
On 24 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Yesterday and especially today fab sunny hot days a nice breeze yesterday but only a tickle of one today, had to be a lot more vigilant today with the tiny one, again out in early morn. then in for a good bit, too hot for the baby carrier and definitely too hot for pram, 23 deg yesterday 26 today with a real feel of 29, found a nice shaded spot to eat outside again this eve. Some water fun sorted for big kids 😜 and lil tiny paddling pool to put some lukewarm water in for the tiny one n even padded on the floor these days a bonus she loved it. Striking sky tonight &17 deg at 11pm
On 24 Jun 2018, Lorrainr wrote:

Lorraine//interesting Piers may find this interesting The Guernsey sea temperature in 2017 on 24 June 2017 was 16 degrees - 24 June 2018 is 14 degrees - mmm,!
On 24 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

15˚C at 7.30, pretty cloudy to start with but then brightening and warming up fabulously, reaching a max of 24˚ by midday but then cooling somewhat in the fresh SEíly breeze. Clouds were blowing off the sea but didnít turn into haar, though it was somewhat cooler on the coast where we went to visit friends. Splendid sunny evening with a cloudless sky, 13˚ at 10pm.
On 23 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, overcast & still for a start but a WNWíly breeze set in during the morning and cleared some of the clouds away, leaving us with pleasantly warm day with a max temp of 22˚, the clouds got quite dark & menacing by the end of the afternoon but no rain came of them, still 16˚ at 9.30pm.
On 23 Jun 2018, Andy B 45D wrote:

Are you going to update July 45 d forecast from 14c to 15a Piers? Or is there not much difference?
On 23 Jun 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

No signs of any form of minimum in NW London. June has continued where May left off: very dry, very mild nights, days consistently above 20C. The apple tree 'June Drop' has happened on time, starting June 10th. Peas are now ready to harvest, broad beans already finished. What we actually have is a drought. As for odd cold snaps in Europe, go research 15th July 1981. 20cm of snow down to Alpine valleys at 800m in Austria, considerably more on the mountains. That was 37 years ago, so if that was a sign of Maunder, we should be well into it by now. We are not, so it is clear that freak cold weather in high summer can happen in Europe, solar minimum or not. That actually happened close to solar maximum. There was a long, cold and sustained snowy winter in 1981/2, however. So if you subscribe to the 18.6 year solar-lunar cycle, maybe winter 2018/19 will be cold, snowy or both...
On 23 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Saw my first Swifts about a week ago but I was on a hillside yesterday with wall to wall blue sky and hot sun, slight cool breeze, loads of insects of all sizes and types including calling grasshoppers, and just about the best place I know for watching Swallows and Swifts. You sit on the soft tussocky grass and look down on the birds as they fly past, often relatively slowly into a strong breeze. A unique viewpoint as Swifts are usually above you 99.9% of the time. The bad news? No Swallows and only one Swift passing by. Normally there would be around 30 Swallows and maybe 5 or 6 Swifts flying to & fro across that hillside in such conditions. The strong moorland grasses have started growing really fast this past week, now the peat has dried. Especially across the paths and tracks which bodes well for the coming winter as the paths should be less muddy, with more grass binding the surface together.
On 22 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub ) wrote:

Woke up at 5.30 a.m to feed the tiny one and she was actually a little chilly considering she had on her vest sleepsuit and I had also been putting her back in her lower tog sleeping grow bag whilst cooler at night :-) only had the window open a crack, checked and it was only 5 deg outside so fairly chilly for late June. Warmed up to a lovely sunny day 23 deg & hotter than yesterday although yesterday was nice too. One more week til the kids break up for summer, looking forward to some summer activities with the kids 🌞
On 22 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, cloudy and still quite blowy from the NW but slowly diminishing, very bright and very cloudy spells alternating, some fabulous lenticular clouds, 20˚ max, lovely bright end to the day, always a special time of year when it gets barely dark, 12˚ at 10pm.
On 22 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

In the warmest time evah it was a mere 49F at alarm time this morning - 0708 to be exact. There was a lack of breeze last night and it was certainly warm in the house so it was fire up the 18 inch fan - only £29.99 from Screwfix - and on speed 3 it shifts some air. So much so that there was even a cooling breeze coming in through the stable door in my study. So after the clear night it has been sun all the way and now 70F in the City. The MetO have already started their heatwave claims and warmer than Spain etc. Yawn. Meanwhile 1600 people are trapped by snow in Chile as their winter gets under way.
On 21 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

6˚C overnight, 9˚ at 7.30 in a cold and strengthening NWíly wind, sunny though for most of the day bar a few darkly cloudy intervals. It was a wild day though with a max temp of only 15˚, thatís the second Thursday running that weíve had a near gale, more branches off trees. 11˚ at 9.30pm.
On 21 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Good British bottle-conditioned beers create their own co2 so supplies will be uninterrupted. And the cask-conditioned beers are still rolling along the filling lines and onto the drays. what I didn't know was how much it is used in the food industry and in particular to suffocate chickens and pigs! I thought it was all electric needles. Still the BBC have used this crisis to sneak out a tweet that built up areas are something like 5C warmer than the countryside. Isn't that strange... a match for what I see on my car thermometer when driving out from the suburbs ib the evening, and higher than the 1C Climate Crook Jones has claimed. Meanwhile as winter barely gets going, 600 have succumbed to the cold in Peru. Today actually started sunny and is 65F in the City. So this week also sees 30 years since global warming was invented.
On 21 Jun 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

PETERG; right with you on that. Fresh snow on Scottish 'Munros' this morning and frost likely in glens tonight. The forthcoming pattern would result in low winter temperatures and minimal windpower outputs.
On 21 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

Correction, solstice is at 11.07, got my information from a Continental source.
On 21 Jun 2018, Peterg wrote:

A heatwave will be with us next week, there is no dought about this. However this is a subtle heatwave in that it`s the type of heatwave that occurred during the early part of the "Maunder Minimum". By the middle of next week it will be sweeping arctic air across most of european Russia and right down to the Balkans. "temperature anomaly" chart, for the end of next week, shows temperatures below normal for most of North Africa, Spain, Balkans, european Russia and Finland. Also it points the way for some very severe spells of weather for the forthcoming winter
On 20 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, overnight rain continuing until 8, some of it very heavy, blustery NWíly wind keeping temps down until midday after which we had a bit of sun and a max temp of 17˚, cool again thereafter as well as a few light showers, 10˚ at 10pm. I know, Ron, but in spite of the ups & downs of temperature, vegetables & plant life in general are doing well, somehow weíre getting a bit of warmth on most days, the sun being at its highest now. Summer solstice at 13.07 tomorrow, Steve & Gerry you might crack a can of beer in celebrationÖ if there is any left :-)
On 20 Jun 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

looks like a long hot spell from next week
On 20 Jun 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

Paddy: chilly morning and now early evening too--a bit September-like again
On 20 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Steve - nice pic links on iceagenow showing icicles in Alice Springs. You could take some Spanish solar panels with you that work 24/7. You wonder how close it is in Australia to being cheaper to buy a diesel generator than use the grid. For companies onsite generation might already be cheaper - certainly more reliable. For those that remain on the grid that would be bad news. Luckily there is a solution to the co2 shortage - good British cask beers that produce their own co2 in the barrel. Food/drink industry use co2 from ammonia production apparently and 2 plants are in shutdown at the moment. Deliciously ironic you have to admit. Another cloudy start to the day but sun out now and 71F at 2pm. Fields either side of the path to the station have been cut for silage producing a wonderful smell and a large flock of jackdaws each day.
On 20 Jun 2018, C View wrote:

The ultimate irony. A story on the BBC website today tells of beer production being curtailed due to a Co2 shortage!!!!!!! With beers in high demand due to the World Cup this is causing brewers problems.
On 19 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, overcast and really feeling cold in the Wíly breeze, had to keep my jumper on for most of the morning, warmer in the afternoon with a max of 19˚ and a few glimpses of the sun, light rain from 8pm, 11˚ by 10pm.
On 19 Jun 2018, Andy B 45D wrote:

When is July 45day forecast coming out?
On 19 Jun 2018, RuairŪ (East coast of Ireland) wrote:

Some nice weather on the way again. No doubt it's due to climate change and more CO2 lies!
On 19 Jun 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Social media going into overdrive regarding potential for UK-wide heatwave conditions next week. GFS progs temperatures clipping 32c in SE England by Weds 27th June. For people who suffer in the heat like myself, this is the worst time of year. Maybe I'll move to Australia for a few months. Will need to fork out for a power generator when I get there though eh Gerry? ;-)
On 19 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

After a cool start it was a warm day yesterday but it was also very breezy which kept some of the edge off the heat if you were out and about. Cloudy start to yesterday. Sunnier from the start today, wind has dropped but still only 72F in the City. Australia is suffering from a cold spell and due to their stupid politicians, their power grid is struggling. Worth watching since morons like Perry and Clark think this is a great model for the UK. Hopefully Jo Nova will cover it tomorrow to give full details.
On 18 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, quite cloudy to start with but then turning into a bright sunny day, albeit with big clouds from time to time, blustery WSW wind from the word go but still got to a nice 20˚, the wind was quite refreshing and turning more into the W by afternoon, dropping temps down to 10˚ by 10pm. Another great summery day for us.
On 18 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Wet and breezy mostly the last few days, also cooler until today, good chance to get boring jobs like cleaning the oven done, some sun this afternoon with a breezy wsw wind and cloudy so maybe some more showers yet like earlier before the day ends. Max 18 deg.
On 17 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, bright but wet from yesterdayís rain which provided a good soaking, a fairly sunny & warm day, max temp 20˚, to about 4pm when the clouds moved in and it got markedly cooler, SW - S Ďly breeze, 13˚ at 10pm.
On 17 Jun 2018, Gerry Surrey-Sussex border 223ft 45d wrote:

Nothing of note my way from the recent named weather system. A bit breezy perhaps. Lovely day on Friday and warm as well but it soon cools in the evening. A strong breeze from the west over the weekend and cool. Just having a small window open either side of the upstairs allows a cooling airflow. Warm when the sun is out but cool otherwise and just 64F at 2.30pm, but I am sure the MetO and their former pals at the BBC will conjure up one of the warmest Junes evah! A few light showers this morning, the first rain for a while. Cloud keeping the warm sun at bay.
On 16 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, sunny, warming up nicely in a Síly breeze to a max of 18˚, though when clouds moved in by late morning it cooled down and we had quite a bit of rain between 3 - 8pm, much needed, I have to say, 10˚ by 9pm & feeling fresh.
On 15 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, bright and sunny day albeit with quite a few dark clouds but no rain, still a stiff SWíly breeze and a max temp of 20˚, back down to 11˚ by 10pm. If the summer goes like today weíll be more than happy.
On 14 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

14˚C at 7.30, overcast & wet from the overnight rain with a strengthening SWíly wind, brightening up after 8 and warming to 19˚ when the sun came out. But it was a wild old day with a proper gale eventually, taking a few branches off trees, the wind gradually turning into the W and NW by evening and abating, cooling the air to a chilly 9˚ by 10pm. Yes, Ron, September sounds about right.
On 14 Jun 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

almost like early September today with heavy overnight rain ( much needed) and strong winds still continuing
On 14 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Well our wild, wet n windy turned out to be a warm, humid breeze. Total fizzle from the rain clouds over us...again! The Met have toned down the heavy weather for Friday through Saturday and by Monday they are using the word "perhaps". If you are making predictions based on scientific expertise and massive computing power then I don't think the word perhaps should be part of your vocabulary. Perhaps means 'chance' and chance is quite literally the toss of a coin.
On 14 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Orange and yellow weather warnings in place for storm tonight into tomorrow in parts of the N and W looks like we won't get as much here just a bit wet n windy picking up a little now just after midnight. I think its an R4 period atm so no surprise a change in weather.
On 13 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, overcast and windy from the S, some sunshine in the morning and warming up nicely to a max of 20˚ by midday, wind strengthening and light rain starting up around 4pm & getting steadily stronger, we got a reasonable soaking until about 9pm when it began to clear, more coming overnight though, this will give the vegetation a boost, exactly as you say, Russ :-). 12˚ at 10pm.
On 13 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Yes we had 15 inches of snow in the Sahara earlier in the year and it's t-shirts and sun tans in the Himalayan glaciers. What a crazy world. Met is promising wet n windy but the huge dollop of cloud only seems to be watering your plants Paddy. As usual it's all fizzling out before it reaches us. We'll have to see what tomorrow brings. Could do with cold, wet & windy. It is June after all! At least the dry period has slowed the hedge and grass growth to a more manageable rate.
On 12 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, brrr - after experiencing up to 30˚ in Switzerland in the last 10 days, as well as almost daily thunderstorms. Whereas back here we have now had a full month without any significant rain but everything is lush and green, plenty moisture in the ground still. Todays cool and overcast weather took a bit of getting used to again, max temp 12˚, down to 11˚ by 10pm. The upside is that the weeds have not grown much in our absence, so we havenít come back to an impenetrable jungle.
On 12 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Overcast today with no sunny spells as yet, just 62F in town. Could be worse as iceagenow reports snowfalls in Anchorage and British Columbia with some forecast for Montana. Snow at this time in not unknown but in Anchorage the norm might be an inch not the 6-8 ins they got. And yet this is supposed to be a scary warm period for the planet.
On 11 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Heavy snow in Peru causing problems for livestock while here silage cutting is in full swing having followed a trailer full of grass back from my successful MOT test. Enjoyed the wait for my car watching the cricket on the village green with swifts circling the norman church, a biplane flying over to the N Downs, clock chiming the quarters - you would not believe that the M25 lay just to the north of the town. A lot of easterly breezes at the moment as we have the Gatwick traffic taking off our way. Nice again yesterday with some spells of cloud. After some cloud this morning it is now sunny and 73F. The main arena at the show on Friday had housemartins swooping over it throughout the day.
On 11 Jun 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Hi Piers. Do you know when the August (100d) forecast will be released please? Thanks, Steve
On 11 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

We can hardly see the effects yet unless we look farther afield across the world. Crop losses all over the place and happening more often....... Up to 3 Swallows now yippeeee!
On 11 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Oh come on now....this warm sunny weather is getting boring. The poor farmers must be losing sleep. Very late and very cold spring and waterlogged fields, followed by drought with the occasional flash flood. I suppose one could say that the coming little ice age conditions, in the UK at least, will end up being a mixed bag of typical British weather but every event being at a much increased level. Heavier rain, more prolonged downpours, cooler cold snaps, longer droughts. If you look at extremes in the US like their droughts, these were areas that already had droughts due to location but in the 1940-72 cooling period, some years these became more severe than the usual and much longer lasting. It doesn't take much to turn a normal cold winter in England into 15ft snow drifts. A small change in wind direction, a few degrees less in temperature, a slight rise in humidity and boing...instant chaos.
On 10 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

First Swallow spotted 5 miles south of Buxton. Just the one.
On 10 Jun 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Well if there one consistent feature in the proposed LIA we are supposedly now in, it is drought in spring/early summer in NW London. It is the only consistent feature of the last three years. All we are actually seeing is redistribution of rainfall around Europe. Italy, France, Switzerland, even Germany are getting what we are missing. Rain is coming north from the med so we here are in rainshadow. Blocking highs prevent Atlantic Westerlies wetting our soils. A minor move toward a more continental climate, not much else...
On 09 Jun 2018, Gerry Surrey-Sussex border 223ft 45d wrote:

What a lovely day. Nice breeze, not too hot. Shame the cloud rolled in from 4pm but then was gone come show end at 6.30pm. As a motorcycle racing fan it might seem a bit strange but the showjumping and the scurry racing were excellent edge of the seat - had I been sitting - stuff, with the crowd groaning as a fence came down or a cone was hit. The livestock display is always wonderful as the magnificent examples of the breeds are paraded around the ring. Does the Shetland pony grand national need any explanation as to why it is a joy to watch? Interestingly at the Saxon encampment they were saying how cold it was on Thursday - the first show day. Meanwhile parts of Canada have received damaging frosts and in northern Sweden they awoke to a blanket of snow. While not unusual, the snow arrived quickly and without warning. A solution for Maria, tape a picture of an eagle to your front door.
On 09 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

A muggy night and 2 & half hrs sleep where my own insomnia kept me awake and then a raven decided to keep headbutting the front doors downstairs at 5.30 a.m The day was bright and hot very quickly and after staying up and getting everything and everyone watered and sorted we embarked on a 9 a.m trip out to pick up essentials, on our return around lunchtime the heat was increasing around 24deg and so many amazing clouds the sky was electric, again only a few rumbles of thunder back at home but it was kicking off a few more in the distance, Orange thunder warning got downgraded to a yellow and not as much rain as forecasted by met, no 50mm here but enough to give grass and plants a refresh and smells beautiful out tonight, amazing sky at sundown 17 deg and humid just before midnight with a light wisp of an almost breeze. Bird also came back for another headbutt session late aft. I used a yellow highlighter on the door and drew up and down and across and it only came back once after.
On 07 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

A nice spell of weather being dry and not hot, and the bonus is that it is cold in the evenings so by having the windows open, come bedtime I have switched to warmer pyjamas and snuggle under the duvet. With the dry spell the subject of watering is moving front and centre. Another nice day would go well tomorrow for the South of England show. Swifts wheeling around the church yesterday evening and fields being cut for silage I presume as it must be early for hay.
On 07 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Well we didn't get anything more than rumbles of thunder in the distance on 1st but we did get some rain to help the garden, back since to fab weather and great temps. Some mostly blue sky and majority sunny other days some cloud chucked in to keep us from totally frying. A nice breeze today so me and the tiny one took some time off to sit under the chestnut tree and soak it all in the sounds n sights of summer, great space for shading her and then a gap for me to catch some much needed vit D. Nice to chill after sweating training gardening and other tasks, a cold beer would have gone down nice but will be worth the wait next year so a nice walk this eve. instead with the crew & was still 20 deg at 8pm hope the good weather continues 👍
On 04 Jun 2018, Gerry, 45d Surrey-Kent border 223ft wrote:

A warm and pleasant, and dry weekend. Some cloud at times to keep it cooler. Undergrowth plants such as brambles are really putting on a growth spurt while the lawn growth has slowed down such that I decided the daisies could stay a bit longer as the grass was still a reasonable length. May was, apparently, the hottest evah! But then in true MetO cherry picking style, they claim that the records start in 1910, which ignores the CET going back to the 1600s, and where we find 1833 as the warmest May on record. With just days to go, teams playing in Moscow might need a coat as they had their first sub-zero June reading on record.
On 03 Jun 2018, eastside wrote:

It was the hottest may in about 30 years in Estonia & Finland, and the Meteo fr Have it right it was the stormiest May in about 30 yrs in France,- still set to continue all this week btw.
On 02 Jun 2018, Ben Farrington, Sub, Moray wrote:

The stats are in for May and make for interesting reading. For my region Moray - Precipitation WA forecast 100 - 200% actual 25% (one of the driest May since 1921), Temps WA forecast - 3.5 - 2.5 actual + 1.5 - 2.0, much warmer, Sunshine WA forecast 35 - 70% actual 130 - 150%. Conclusion much warmer, dryer and sunnier than forecast. I hope June gets back on track with the updated Slat15, as my confidence has taken a knock.
On 01 Jun 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

We were off on holiday this morning but our flight was cancelled due to huge thunderstorms in Amsterdam, rebooked for tomorrow, so the first day of our hols was spent doing useful things at home on another amazingly sunny day with a max temp of 25˚, down to 15˚ by 9.30pm. The strengthening Síly breeze was actually a welcome relief, there were some majestic cumulus towers rising further inland, looking like possible thunderstorms but nothing happened. Despite the dry conditions, veg in the garden are growing by leaps & bounds, still plenty wet underneath and deep down.
On 01 Jun 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Have been watching it slowly moving in since 2.40pm ish finally at 4.15 ish can hear first rumbles of thunder in distance, lots of activity on blitz app. Happy days 😄
On 01 Jun 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Our 'friends' at the MetO had a yellow warning for London and the SE yesterday through until 9am today. Anyone see any storms? Some light rain during the evening and very muggy. A lot of low cloud this morning and some drizzle but bright now in the City. Up to 72F at 2pm. Seems now Champagne vines have been hit but damage is much less than in Bordeaux and Cognac. Muppet writing in CityAM brings up climate change drivel.
On 01 Jun 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Paul, Bedfordshire: Maybe there are extra insects in your area due to farmers planting late and therefore spraying late. So temporarily more insects are surviving through what would have been a normal spraying season. Could just be the warm sunny weather...... More insane ideas from the environmental charlatans. Looks like a great idea on paper, but don't they have a panel of experts look over the idea before implementation, to iron out any anomalies? >> << I wonder what effect it would have on a flock of hundreds of Swallows passerining through? If they attract insects, why don't the insects frazzle along with the birds?
On 01 Jun 2018, Bill S (N E Wales) wrote:

May has been a very dry month my weather station recording 28mm, most fell in the last week . Fortunately this area has been on the border of the really torrential thundery downpours, getting off with late afternoon /evening showers. To note how dry , Iíve had to water the garden several times this is in stark contrast to the very wet March and April. . On a positive note strawberries raspberries and blacurrants are doing really well.
On 31 May 2018, Lorraine wrote:

Lorraine// swallows but no swifts as yet Guernsey but will check next week South Africa did have a massive drought before April though
On 31 May 2018, Paul, Bedfordshire wrote:

Most intensive thunderstorms I can remember for years. I don't know if anyone else has noticed but I have had far more insects squashed on windscreen in recent couple of weeks than for a long time. I recall seeing a while back on tv claims that far fewer bugs on windscreens and this was (of course) due to climate change. Something else about to be demolished by coming MIA Have packed up allotment now but was noticing that weather was making it much harder in recent years with cold/wet spells shortening growing season at both ends and far more dry spells in summer/irregular rain. I gather from those with one still that this year is a disaster. On good news my mason bee population has finally recovered after being decimated in Dec 2010s arctic temperatures. I feared the worst after beast from the east.
On 31 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

As it was a pleasant evening I went for stroll round the orchard and did some rose pruning. I noticed that the tips of all the new growth on a recently planted plum tree were gone or hanging off. Since some were hanging off I think animals can be ruled out. So was it the huge downpours of rain that did it? Anyone seen anything similar?
On 30 May 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Wow a continuation of beautiful weather 👍 asparagus omelets for breakfast outside in the morning, homework outside with kids after school, some fun & then relaxing with dinner outside of an evening feels like summer 🌼 A cloudy start this morn. sun won out and around 24 deg some amazing cumulus clouds for a time this afternoon and great skyscapes this eve. Tiny ones 2nd jabs today so we probably going to do some more weather watching tog.tonight :) 15 deg at 11.30pm
On 30 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, overcast with a variable Níly breeze, brightening up after 10 and getting quite warm at times with a max temp of 22˚, cloudy afternoon with bright spells and a very few drops of rain around 8pm, 15˚ at 10pm.
On 30 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Thunderstorms and heavy rain passing across the City yesterday and causing problems on the roads and rails in Kent. As a train user I am suffering the joys of the new timetable and the frequent cancellations which is particularly bad since our direct service to London Bridge went to Thameslink. And so with lots of cancellations in the morning I drove to an alternative station. Just to cap the day off the home train was also cancelled. On my drive back home the roads were now back to their winter worst with huge lakes all along the route. An indication that we caught some rain during the day. After about 11pm we had more downpours and a few flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder. Dry and bright today. Bordeaux & Cognac have been hit by huge hailstorm that has for some wiped out 100% of the vine crop. Following last year's frost bankruptcy looms for some. Not good news as I like my Cognac but welcome to the LIA.
On 30 May 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

GFS going for a long non-Atlantic phase of weather warm/hot until at least mid June. No polar maritime air any time soon. Might be down to it being-----summer!
On 29 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

12˚C at 7.30, foggy start but clearing by 8.30 to leave us with yet another amazingly sunny day, not quite as hot as yesterday but still 23˚ max with a slightly fresher Níly breeze. Remarkable variety of cirrus clouds, followed later on by many cumulus cloud streets, perhaps presaging the cooler & cloudier conditions expected from tomorrow. Still 14˚ at 9.30pm. == Swallow update: I was mistaken when I reported a breeding pair here: they appear to be two males or females just living on the farm for the summer, no breeding companions, sad.
On 29 May 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

This is why MIA conditions are a that to crops - if it happens again next year done farmers could go busy, although other areas may benefit === "It was enough for a quarter of an hour of hail Saturday, May 19 in the early afternoon, to destroy the entire crop . In Bonnieux (Vaucluse) 11,000 tons are produced per year of the famous cherry of the Luberon. It could remain this year only 300 tons. Major damage is also to be deplored in the neighboring villages. ***Last year it was the frost and drought of the region***...Some vines have seen ten centimeters of hailstones on the ground, more than 60 millimeters of water in half an hour. For these, no grapes this year. They are lost and damaged to such an extent that the future of the next harvest is already threatened.===
On 29 May 2018, @CraigM350, Sub Berks 51N wrote:

Re:Swallows numbers do seem down (as are House Martins). I've been wondering of this is due to the late cold in Europe this year creating unfavorable conditions over the migration routes. I thought this content on a bird forum in mid may is pertinent =="Persistent low pressure in the Med with heavy fresh snow in the Pyrenees and Alps, plus severe thunder & hail storms over much of central and southern Europe. So quite possible some birds still being held up, and/or killed by the weather."=== The BTO show a similar dearth === === you can track other birds here === ===
On 29 May 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Not just the UK Piers... .... That was 4 years ago and on a different continent so the problem isn't new, or unique to the UK... I suppose the mighty Beeb will blame global warming. Logic tells me that if that were true, then the birds would simply move further north where the climate is cooler. Isn't that why the Swallows migrate away from Africa in the first place? Also, more heat in Africa would make them migrate earlier not later. Isn't logic wonderful?
On 29 May 2018, @Piers_Corbyn (twitter) London, Chief forecaster wrote:

CITIZENS! Great Comms. I have started on twitter #WhereHaveAllTheSwallowsGone and my tweet is getting a high ReTweet rate - about 11 in half a day and 6 comments so far. The comments give other news on #swallows so I suggest have a look and we might get a map of what's happening in UK+Eire after a few days =+=+= LORRAINE I too like your seasons. I suppose the fact that the 21st of March, June, Sept, Dec is about 7 days after the numerical mid of your seasons (so the 2 halves are 2 weeks different in length) does not matter; mid meaning an astronomical essential date. =+=+=+= The thunder and lightning impressive I notice reports and what I experienced in London show the local storms were very intense and rapid with large rain drops making them almost like hail. A question must be: Is this intensification greater in the R4 period/ - which although forecast as May28 to June 1+-1d is probably May27-31 and significant on a world scale with amazing hail deluges reported on twitter.
On 28 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

13˚C at 7.30 and rising steadily, wall to wall blue sky all day and a real scorcher with a max of 25˚, highest so far this year and pretty hot for our coastal strip with the cooling NE - SEíly sea breeze, itíll have been really hot inland, fog coming in by 10pm when we had 13˚ again. A friend who was in Edinburgh yesterday said theyíd had haar, not hair, all day and 10-11˚, requiring extra effort to stay cheery. I canít believe our luck re sunshine this month, much cold also but that was a price worth paying. == Lorraine, I like your calendar/seasonal notes, they do make a lot of sense.
On 28 May 2018, Lorraine wrote:

Lorraine// watching spring watch - spring this spring that but according to the pagan calendar summer started May 1st mid summer 21June end of summer 1st August following that 1st August first day of autumn 21st September mid autumn and last day of Autumn 1st of November and then first day of winter 1st of November mid winter 21st December last day of winter 1st February therefore first day of spring 1st February mid spring 21st March and last day of spring 1st May and my point if you go by that you will notice our seasons are perfectly aligned to nature
On 28 May 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote: thoughts too about the Swallows being hit on their way here. Reports much further south but this whole area is devoid not just Swallows but Swifts and Martins. I will endeavour to scour a much wider area in search of the little blighters. It's only very late for Swifts but ridiculously late for Swallows. I wonder if they all ended up in pickle jars? That would explain the loss of a whole flock of thousands, destined for the tables of the 'not too fussy what they eat' types! Wholesale slaughter? Or just lack of food due to sudden onset of severe frosts? We shall see....
On 28 May 2018, Gerry Surrey-Sussex border 223ft 45d wrote:

The forecast said storms overnight and this afternoon but nothing. The main problem at Lydden Hill was dust. They should have run the bowser round the offroad sections on Friday to soak them and lay the dust. The Superlites had to just run on the tarmac as it was too dangerous to run offroad. Saturday had a strong breeze across the circuit to keep it cool but today it was still and hot out of the shady part of the track. As track action wasn't until 10.30 this morning I was hoping for a lie in but the sun beating down on the tent from as early as 7am made it too hot. There were some a few spots of rain on Saturday but the nearby storm missed the circuit. On getting home it looks like there had been some rain.
On 27 May 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

Wow 3170 Lightning strikes recorded tonight above London in the Luton Bedford area according to Blitzortung app. A few distant rumbles of thunder early hours here but no storm for us as yet tho looks positively electric tonight. Only a few light showers overnight but the last 2 days fab dry & warm although cloudier than Friday, great for getting on outside until today as woke up with no voice due to a virus, so a nice peaceful Sunday 🙊
On 27 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, sunny with a cool Níly breeze which turned into the SE as the afternoon sea breeze, max temp 23˚, down to 15˚ by 9pm. Two weeks without rain, amazing. == Yeah, Geoff, I know the feeling, the weather plays havoc with the thatching, after a blizzard I have difficulty recognising myself in the mirrorÖ== Digitalis, agree with your comment re doom mongering.
On 26 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, overcast, NWíly wind, brightening up by 9.30 and yet another blue sunny day with the obligate sea breeze keeping temps at a moderately warm rather than hot level, 22˚ max which fairly made me sweat in the sheltered garden, wind strengthening and cooling towards evening, clear sky all day bar a few wisps of cirrus, 11˚ at 10pm.
On 26 May 2018, Geoff wrote:

Funny you should say that, Gerry...After a very hard frost, the following morning I woke up to find I had a bald spot !!!
On 26 May 2018, Digitalis wrote:

We have been enjoying summer like temps in the Netherlands for weeks on end. In the southern part of Holland an unusual amount of rain fell, where I live it is a bit too dry. I totally agree with Rhysīs comment to adjust to the weather indications in terms of growing season. I also would wish the `Mini Ice Ageī blogs and websites would have much less of doom-prophetical fear mongering sense (I think Piers is doing great in that respect). Yes, life will be more demanding and requiring adaptations, and yes, humans can be very studpid in adhering to the myths they bought into. But they can also be incredibly resilient, resourceful and kind. It would be great if wisdom was shared here, and observations that would benefit everyone. BTW the cuckoo is back here too!
On 26 May 2018, Ron Greer wrote:

Vegetation has just caught up with the times here and the House Martins finally returned last week. GFS charts predicting a long dry and warm spell for much of western Europe, Britain and Ireland.
On 25 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

10˚C at 7.30, sunny from the start and right until sunset, what was remarkable was the warm Níly wind - mid Atlantic air circulating around the HP centred to the NW of Scotland, though that air did gradually get cooler as the day went on, max temp a balmy 21˚, it got quite windy by evening and, clouding over by 10pm, temp 10˚. The soil is warming nicely, I can tell nut just from seedling growth but also from the temperature of our borehole water, the 100-odd metres it has to travel through the warming earth make it much less cold. == Gerry, now worries, when it rains my hair grows back forward again :-)) I meant haar, of course, didnít notice the sneaky spell corrector. In contrast to you, itís amazingly dry here and no rain in sight, on Sunday it will be a fortnight since the last real rain, that IS unusual in view of the last 12 years of wet summers.
On 25 May 2018, Rhys Jaggar wrote:

Interesting comments from other parts of British Isles. Here in NW London, April and May have been unusually warm and May particularly dry. Two short heat waves, but the past fortnight has been mild nights of 10-14C and daytime maxima of 18-24C. I wonder what the spring overall will look like as it feels overall warmer than average after cold start. Radish sown 15th April ready after 35 days, almost catching up the 1st April sowing. Lettuce, spring onion also harvested from mid month, turnips almost ready, shallots doing very well, dwarf beans well established, apple fruit set excellent. No danger of starving here, key was waiting before sowing and planting out. I suspect true horticultural wisdom comes by aligning sowing dates not to a calendar but to natural signals each sowing season. That way, complaining about natural variability is less likely to induce crop failure.
On 25 May 2018, Maria (Ireland sub) wrote:

On 25 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

You must be an unusual person Paddy if your hair recedes due to the changing weather. Was it humid yesterday evening! It was raining on getting home but stopped by 8pm. After dark you could see the murk growing but surprisingly it was clear this morning although cloudy. Sun has come through in the City and it is 65F. Looks like there may be storms over the weekend but Wunderground is not showing a heatwave. Meanwhile Newfoundland has received a foot of snow which they admit is not unknown but they don't go on to say that given we are supposed to never see snow again in our overheated world, why has it snowed at all.
On 25 May 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub) wrote:

Progressively warmer since last post, a drop of rain over night one night, have been busy out with visitors so don't ask me which night 😊 Some gorgeous misty early early morning starts,19 deg today so far at midday beautiful day but high uv so back in with the tiny one for a while. Enjoy the fine weather folks 🌼
On 24 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

8˚C at 7.30, overcast & cold in the Síly breeze, by 11 the hair receded and we had a sunny day with a max temp of 16˚ and layers of clothing came off, very contrasting weather weíve been having this month. Plant growth is reasonably good, veggies in the garden are benefitting from a warming soil in spite of the often cold winds, though everything is late. 8˚ again by 10pm which is pretty chilly for a May evening.
On 24 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Saw swifts around the church steeple on Tuesday but yesterday I think they were martins judging by the silence. Arrived home just after the rain and with that rain smell in the air. Cloudy evening with at least 2 heavy downpours overnight - I was woken twice - but no thunder or lightning but a colleague in Epsom reported they did. Light rain to start and low cloud on the Downs but now sunny in town and 65F. Phone showing storm symbol.
On 23 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

7˚Cat 7.30, overcast, light NEíly breeze which gradually turned in to the SE during the day, the sun started to come out by 11 and we had a reasonably sunny part of the day with a max temp of 16˚ until around 5pm when clouds off the N Sea started moving in and we finished with a grey blanket and back down to 7˚ again by 10pm.
On 23 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Donned shorts and t-shirt, made a pot of tea and stepped outside to find it less warm than I thought. Cool wind. Noticeably cooler this morning and some low cloud over the North Downs. sunny now but only 62F at 2pm. Iceagenow has a piece on Ireland showing hawthorn a year ago in blossom and nothing yet this year. Wet ground preventing ploughing and grass not growing enough yet for a silage cut and suggesting that there might be only one cut this year and a fodder shortage.
On 23 May 2018, Steve Devine wrote:

Winds picked up last night in my corner of SW Essex, so much so it blew our garden parasol flying over the fence panel and into the street! Cool and blustery again this morning with early low cloud soon burning off. Looks unbearably humid over the weekend (and onwards) with Low Pressure pumping up unstable, thundery air from the near continent while the north stays slightly cooler and sunny.
On 22 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

7˚C at 7.30, overcast & intermittent slight drizzle in a strong Níly breeze, that was the theme for the day, a bit like late March but with leaves on the trees. Max temp 11˚, down to 9˚ by 8.30pm, tomorrow looks like a repeat performance.
On 22 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

Taking a stroll around the orchard there was a sound of distant thunder. It was to the west so not coming my way but on the way to the pub there were damp roads. Mr Quizmaster said they had thunder, lightning and pelting rain in Banstead. A team mate confirmed that Croydon had caught it as well. Must have come after I passed through on the train home - or I was still asleep. I did note more cloud around on the way home and mid-afternoon there was the lightest of rain showers on an otherwise warm afternoon. Paul Homewood, Jo Nova, Delingpole and WUWT all covering the sacking of Prof Peter Ridd by James Cook Uni for telling the truth that most Great Barrier Reef research is rubbish. Prof Ridd is raising money to fight the university.
On 21 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

9˚C at 7.30, foggy and feeling cold & clammy with a Síly breeze. Clearing by 9.30 and leaving a bright sunny day, albeit with a cool wind that was very noticeable when doing sweaty work. Max temp 20˚ but dropping markedly when clouds moved in again by 7pm and the wind strengthened as it turned into the NW, 8˚ at 9.30pm. Tomorrow & Wed will apparently be grey and cold, certainly no general warming in the offing, Piers got the cold bang on. ==Russ, the absence of swallows in your location is of concern - have they been wiped out on their migration? We have all the usual suspects here but no greenfinches and very few gold finches eating the daisy seed in the lawn, waiting for the forget-me-not see to become available.
On 21 May 2018, Russ Derbyshire wrote:

Sat looking out over perfect Swallow habitat. Any Swallows? Nope, nor Swifts or Martins. Looks like a Swallow free summer this year.sob whimper! Lots of everything else except tits. Very few around. An occasional Blue Tit or Great Tit but haven't heard or seen Willow, Coal or Long Tailed. Not heard the tiny, peep peep peep call of the Goldcrest either. Perfect weather continuing with blue sky but a gentle chilly breeze to keep the heat down when hill walking.
On 21 May 2018, Bill S ( N E Wales) wrote:

A wet start to Sunday, drew the week and a halfís stay in North Aberdeenshire to a close. Generally a very pleasant spell of predominantly dry sunny weather with one really wet day. The wind direction making the difference between cool and pleasantly warm days.( mainly southerly or se affording the north coast the shelter)
On 20 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

11˚C at 7.30, overcast, Síly wind already going strong though not as blustery as yesterday, only occasional appearances of the sun, a few drops of rain, temps rising only towards mid afternoon to a max of 20˚, quieter end to the day with 12˚ at 10.30pm.
On 20 May 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub ) wrote:

Friday and Sat. lovely days Fri.the nicest sunshine and warmth wise after mist and chilly start, yesterday the breeze gradually came in making it feel chilly and clouds moved in giving rain and also it was a bit windy over night. Grey breezy and showery today. Cheers Paddy and agree as only 1 of 4 cucumber plants up and 2 kuri squash out of 6 and 2 courgettes up so may sow a few more this week. Tomato plants ready to pot up finally and surprisingly 8 good chilli seedlings :)
On 20 May 2018, Maria ( Ireland sub ) wrote:

Wow amazing lightning activity on blitzortung app atm over Spain Gib France through to Germany ect over last 60 mins - 6.30pm
On 20 May 2018, Gerry Surrey-Sussex border 223ft 45d wrote:

How quick things can change. Foggy this morning after the clear night and then lifting to low cloud such that you could hear the aeroplanes from Gatwick but not see them, but within an hour it was all clear and bright sunshine. From being still there is now a breeze. Yesterday was a nice day but during the afternoon there was a spell of strong easterly wind that disappeared as quickly as it had come. Looking at some of the new leaves I have seen what I think may be frost damage. The mornings have been chilly but the clue came from a chat at Friday's farmshop ale session when one of my chums said that he had seen frost on his car. Looking ahead, Wunderground had a wet BH weekend, but that was yesterday and now today it will be sunny. I hope we have our leader's forecast as it time to head to the track for the first time and some super moto racing.
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On 19 May 2018, Paddy, Aberdeen South, sub, 130m elevation wrote:

(18.05.18) 4˚C overnight, 8˚ at 7.30, another bright and breezy day in this hot and cold week, max temp 20˚ but feeling pretty cool in the S - SEíly wind if it wasnít for moving/working, 10˚ by 9.30pm. == Thanks for the update on the weather girl, Maria :-) Yes, everything late and slow, paying attention to Piers made sure I didnít start anything too early, esp sensitive things like cucumbers, courgettes are a bit hardier. == (19.05.18) 7˚C overnight, already 12˚ at 7.30, still for the first couple of hours of yet another sunny day, after that we had a strong Síly wind blowing all day and taking the edge of the temperature which rose to a max of 23˚, it got cloudy by 6pm, the wind abated and it got rather cool, 11˚ at 9pm.
On 18 May 2018, Gerry 45d 223ft Surrey-Kent border wrote:

A bit of site work this morning so a nice pleasant walk around part of the City. Chilly wind but warm in the sun. If it stays like this for the weekend it will be ideal for outdoor work. Wind still coming from the east. For the first time this year on my morning drive to a station there were no floods or even pools of water just waiting for more rain to flood the road.
On 18 May 2018, @Piers_Corbyn (twitter) London, Chief forecaster wrote:

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