It was another tricky night on board HUGO BOSS with black clouds circling the boat and disrupting the wind which was at times down to 6 knots and maxed out at 11 knots. This morning I have 12 knots of the wind and it seems a little more stable.
But even though we often associate the festive season with sledging and snowball fights, snow at Christmas isn't actually that common. Not in the UK, anyway. Records show that snowflakes have fallen on December 25 around 38 times in Britain over the last half century, but it's rare for us to get a widespread covering of Christmas snow.
As businesses and residents across the UK count the cost of the floods - and with unsettled weather forecast to continue for several days - the torrential rain is a timely reminder for businesses to think about what they would do to minimise the risk of their offices being flooded.
What can't be emphasised too strongly here is that these are analyses of real deaths and actual weather. They are not simulations or models - and it reflects the great strength of the INDEPTH Network that it is possible to analyse factual information in this way from parts of the world where reliable data are usually in short supply.
There's been a bit of weather this week, you may have noticed. But while all those images of famous New York streets and landmarks, dark and awash with river water grabbed everyone's attention, it's worth pointing out that Hurricane Sandy is actually only one of three mega storms currently ravaging the planet.
With memories of the Olympic summer fading fast, and the spectre of the cold and flu season looming, can anything be done to avoid the long winter months being punctuated by predictably periodic bouts of sneezes, sniffles and days off work cradling a Lemsip? Rather than lurching from one virus to the next, is it possible to bullet-proof your health this winter
I won't lie. I was starting to give up on humanity. I was feeling generally miserable about recent reports of record amounts of melting ice in the Arctic, Mitt Romney's eternally moronic campaign in the US and our current situation of ever rising economic destruction and damning of human rights by the Coalition.
Despite what most people think, my TV career was not based on my stunning good looks. I'm a highly qualified meteorologist - and lately I've been thinking a lot about climate change. It's probably the biggest problem we've ever faced and it's not going away. If we want to live sustainably, we need to take action now, not when it's too late. The problem is, there's not much in the way of action going on. As a proud owner of a Rapanui t-shirt or two, we decided to do something together to make a point about sustainability.
The skies turned threatening as I reached Summit Lake at 12,000 feet, but I continued creeping up to the top. The summit was socked in, but that didn't deter scores of visitors from climbing the remaining quarter-mile trail to the peak.
I went to the Kent County Show on Friday, with some trepidation as I had heard on the news that because of the bad weather the showground had been clo...
All I could think, as I sat in the interminable queues that lead towards Silverstone Circuit on Friday, was: "Bernie's going to be a little bit miffed."
They say a week is a long time in politics, but what about sport, not to mention finance? The past seven days have been remarkable if for nothing more than their volatility, with headlines changing faster than terrorism alerts on British motorways. Is mentioning the tennis a bit like mentioning the weather? So obvious a topic as to make this entire blog worthless, and likely to jinx any chance of a sunny outlook?
Brits don't really want to be branded. A favourite pastime might be moaning about the state of our country, but woe betide any other nationality finding fault with our home state. We have the best of everything, and sometimes the worst (I'm thinking mainly about the weather, although you can take your pick from the economy, our teeth and all manner of other stereotypical issues) but it is ours, which counts for a lot. The past week has showcased that in all its glory.
This summer all eyes will be on London as it hosts the world's biggest sporting event. So far media debate has focused on whether the government is prepared in terms of transport and security but there is another vital element of infrastructure that is not being considered: the risk to residents and businesses of large scale flooding.
So here we are enjoying the last throws of May. I look back at Spring 2012 and admit it has been quite mixed, with summer arriving in March, followed by monsoon conditions in April... So what's the outlook for this summer? Given how busy the nations' diary is, the pressure is on...
A great irony of living on the "Blue Planet" is that while over 70% of the Earth's surface is covered in water, humans can only use less than one percent of it easily.