It's summer in Northern Ireland. It's 27° Celsius in the shade... Summer weather in Northern Ireland isn't a given. It casts a searchlight of truth on the local residents, as roughly 1.811 million people emerge, blinking, into the unfamiliar light of a summer day.
I don't see the point of photo apps which exist to make reality look prettier. Well: I mean I see the point; it's perhaps more the case that I don't see the value. Surely a photograph is a representation of reality with the kind of accuracy which a sketch or a painting can't achieve?
Not only do we have a still strong second-term US president vowing to take executive action to set limits on carbon dioxide emissions, but his strong stance is going to empower other politicians and bureaucrats around the world, from China to the EU, India to Australia, as well as here in the UK, to take up the cudgels and fight again for effective action.
Hence, the ambitious TAHMO project we are pioneering which requires the installation of 20,000 measuring stations, each one costing only 500 dollars, at intervals of 30 kilometres. The new weather stations, based upon latest cost-effective technology, will measure all standard meteorological variables (rainfall, radiation, temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction).
In order to understand the challenges forecasters face, we need to look at the history behind modern forecasting. The story begins in 1904 when Vilhelm Bjerknes, a Norwegian physicist, published a paper describing how weather prediction could be formulated as a problem of maths and physics.
And yes. It has emerged. The nice weather that occurred over the May Day bank holiday was actually a PR stunt, orchestrated by 'James Chef' - a new branch of holiday makers. I went to their head offices in Southend to find some answers.
We need to start the properly democratic deliberations that scientists have identified as the means by which we can, together, work out how move forward from this point. Physically, our world has entered a new epoch. We need our political processes to do the same.
Well, I've reached the end of the semester and the end of my academic year at Washington College. It's already time for final exams, and with most of campus permanently set up in the library and cramming their brains full of facts, the 2012-13 academic year is officially in its last week.
Correct me if I am wrong, but I as well as you can certainly give British weather a bipolar diagnosis. From sizzling heat waves to bucketing waterfall...
Our friends back in Los Angeles are talking about beach days and summer weather. We try not to hate them too much as we bundle up in multiple layers inside our -10C sleeping bags. It's warm enough inside, but getting up in the morning? Brrrr.
The jet stream had taken a vacation, migrated south for the winter leaving the UK at the mercy of a relentless icy blast. It's times like this when I realise the immense impact this ribbon of strong upper winds has on our weather - although through the past few years we have cursed it.
Dear Spring, I want a refund! Not only have you failed to supply the correct type of weather standard to your time of month, but you somehow gave me that of last season! Snow!
Arriving at the wrong time of year is an easy mistake to make, particularly on a long-haul holiday. You could land in the middle of a tropical cyclone. You may find you've paid over the odds to travel in the peak season, when the 'off' season would have been just as good.
Why do we get so excited about the snow? Snow is all we talk about when it arrives and the thrill and anticipation of 'snow days' is not just for the kids. Are our lives so boring that snow brings with it such a much needed change of pace? Well, frankly, yes!
We Brits love talking about the weather. It's been used as an icebreaker to start conversations with friends and strangers alike since time immemorial. As temperatures remain around freezing and snow continues to fall in many parts of the country, this latest bout of bad weather is another chilling reminder that more businesses need to adopt a more flexible approach to working.
Now, after a week of the white stuff, most of us would prefer the snow to go - so we can get back to our own norm - we may not like it but we do cope with it well - rain and wind. Before this happens though, the big freeze will stay with us for a little longer. A few more bouts of snow are forecast across the country until Thursday...