Hawaii on high alert as Hurricane Lane strengthens to a category 5 160mph monster!

Hawaii has been put on alert amid fears a massive hurricane could be about to batter the island, with potential winds of up to 160mph forecast.

The National Weather Service announced that Hurricane Lane had become a Category 5 hurricane, which means it could cause catastrophic damage.

The hurricane is about 500 miles (804km) south east of Honolulu, the capital.

Forecasters have issued a hurricane warning for Hawaii island (also known as Big Island) and a hurricane watch for Oahu, Maui and other smaller islands that make up the archipelago.

Tropical storm-force winds and torrential rain could start arriving on later today!

For more information visit https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Nationwide HEATWAVE to bring temperatures into the mid 30’s next week!

With an excellent May for many June has not quite delivered.

However the first real heatwave is now looking likely with forecasters mentioning temperatures of over 30c & possibly as high as 36c!

The summer heat will be on from Sunday with temperatures up to 27c in London with the rest of the UK joining in from Monday.

The Southeast will be upto 30c next Monday and mid to high twenties elsewhere.

The Heat continues to build throughout the week with the potential for near record breaking temperatures between Wednesday & Friday.

As the week progresses the UK will also see a threat of Severe localised Thunderstorms bringing large hail and strong winds so make sure you keep an eye on the radar if you are having a BBQ.

UK Heatwave to rival 2003 With temperatures reaching 33c and Supercell storms becoming widespread!

2018 is already shaping up to be a memorable one for any weather fans out there.

We had the Beast from the East part 1 & 2, We had a sizzling Easter, We had the hottest ever London Marathon and we have had a cracking May.

Now we may go one further and have a record breaking end of May bank holiday.

As temperatures rise over this weekend and into next week we develop an unstable atmosphere with low pressure over France.

This could lead to explosive thunderstorms with Supercell thunderstorms a real possibility.

This of course means a risk of a multiple lightning strikes, Flash flooding, Large hail and an outside chance of a Tornado!

As we go forward high pressure looks anchored close to the UK and therefor the good weather is looking set to stay.

Now, Who mentioned hose pipe ban?

Monsoon Monday for parts of the UK with flooding and Gale force winds!

The UK Met Office have issued a ‘Yellow Warning’ as a spell of severe weather is expected throughout Monday.

Current projections show as much as 100mm of rain falling coupled with wind speeds that could reach 60MPH!

The risk of flooding is very high with a storm surge likely along the East coast.

The Met Office warning reads as follows…

‘Heavy rain is likely to affect southeastern parts of England through Monday, peaking during the morning period. Accumulations of 25-35 mm seem likely widely, with 60-80 mm possible in places, this perhaps most likely for parts of Norfolk and the North Downs; the westward extent of these higher totals remains less certain. Strong winds are also likely with gusts of 40-45 mph likely inland, particularly during Monday morning, and possible gusts to 50-55 mph along exposed coasts and over hills. Coming from an unusual (northerly) direction may increase the likelihood of wind-related impacts. Note that these winds will also lead to large waves, and spray and overtopping around some coasts. It may also be cold enough for a little sleet or wet snow on high ground but this is unlikely to settle.’

Explosive THUNDERSTORMS heading North East through the UK this evening!

As the heat dissipates the thunderstorms take over…

After a few days of hot weather (At least for April) Thunderstorms are now due to hit many parts this evening.

Currently those storms are situated over the channel but given the current predictions the London area is at severe risk of regular lightning strikes later this evening.

As the evening draws on areas further north can expect frequent lightning, This area of storms is expected to head Northwards from the South West then vear North East as it passes the Leeds area.

Storms are expected to be localised so not everywhere will see them, However bare it in mind if your out and about this evening.

As for the next two weeks…

Well its typical British weather. Unfortunately.

UK set for a Scorching Spanish plume with temperatures rocketing into the mid to high twenties!

We mentioned at the end of the last month how the models (Weather ones) Were repeatedly hinting at a warm/hot spell for the middle of April.

As you can read here, And the good news is…

The UK is now on the brink of the first Hot spell of the year.

By Hot we mean maximum temperatures ranging from 23c for Scotland to 28c for the South East, Only a touch below the all time record for April of 29.4c.

Currently this spell looks set to last around 4-5 days with nice warm weather setting in Tuesday lasting up until Saturday.

The current forecast suggests the peak will be on Friday, So Perhaps its time to get in your request for a half day?

Heatwave for mid April as Scorching Spanish plume heads for the UK!

The weather has been far from hot lately, Infact warm days have been few and far between but finally something summery is on the horizon.

Many Weather model outputs have begun throwing up some very welcome projections.

These have included high pressure close to the UK bringing blue skies and temperatures around 18-22c to the even more tasty Spanish Plume style heatwave which would see temperatures surpass 25c for the first time in many months.

Of course the model outputs at such range cannot be 100% relied on however when there is a consistent trend it shows that the signals being picked up are strong and therfor we have to take note.

We will of course up date you this time next week as the timeframe nears closer but for now maybe its finally time to start finding those summer clothes out.

 

Are we about to witness ‘The Beast from the East part 3’ during the Easter holidays?

We are now starting to see the 2nd coming thaw out and of course the main talking point amongst many on social media is about part 3.

So will we see a part 3 or is it just a few scaremongering pages/newspapers etc hyping for the sake of it?

Taking a closer look at the various model outputs it becomes apparent that the potential for colder incursions over the next two or three weeks is still there, However…

As we continue to progress through spring any such cold spell will have less impact.

For example an upper air profile of around -10c at the end of February would see temperatures struggle to get above freezing and with the sun not so high lying snow would last much longer.

By the end of March however the same upper air profile would result in temperatures reaching 4-7c and combined with a higher sun & warmer ground temperature any settling snow would be short lived.

Overall the output shows the potential for some snow falling, However disruptive snowfall is highly likely to be over with for this side of the year away from high ground and touch wood we can now start to look forward to warmer temperatures.

Enjoy.

 

Incredible solar storm that will slam Earth TODAY could knock out power supplies, damage satellites and trigger stunning aurora!

A huge solar storm is heading for Earth, and it’s likely to hit today!

The storm could knockout satellites, disrupt power supplies and spark stunning displays of the Northern Lights.

It was created last week by an enormous explosion in the sun’s atmosphere known as a solar flare, and charged particles from that flare are now on their way to our planet.

The arrival of the solar storm coincides with the formation of ‘equinox cracks’ in Earth’s magnetic field, which some scientists believe form around the equinoxes on March 20 and September 23 each year.

These cracks weaken our planet’s natural protection against charged particles and could leave commercial flights and GPS systems exposed to the incoming storm.

The cracks also mean stargazers are more likely to catch glimpses of the Northern lights this week.

This may include parts of Scotland and northern England, as well as the ‘northern tier’ of the US including parts of Michigan and Maine.

A huge solar storm is heading for Earth, and it’s likely to hit tomorrow. It may trigger the Northern Lights in parts of Scotland and northern England. This animation shows the aurora forecast for Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March (time in GMT is shown top right)

The charged, magnetic particles from the solar storm can interfere with machinery in Earth’s orbit as well as at the planet’s surface, such as GPS systems and radio signals.

They can also threaten airlines by disturbing Earth’s magnetic field.

Very large flares can even create currents within electricity grids and knock out energy supplies.

‘A minor geomagnetic storm watch is now in effect for the 14 and 15 March, 2018. Aurora may be visible at high latitudes,’ the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wrote in a statement.

The particles, which came from the sun after solar flares took place on March 6 and 7, could cause ‘weak power grid fluctuations’ and a ‘minor impact on satellite operations,’ according to the NOAA.

Nasa said the first of the two flares – classified in the potent X class and facing directly at the Earth – was the biggest this year.

It was one of the largest of this cycle known as the solar minimum, which began in early 2007.

Sudden Stratospheric Warming to put the UK in the Freezer with Heavy SNOW!

Sudden Stratospheric Warming…

Heard of it before? Well dont worry if not because its likely everyone will be talking about it over the next few days.

First and foremost lets take a look at what Sudden Stratospheric Warming actually is…

‘A sudden stratospheric warming (SSW) is an event where the polar vortex of westerly winds in the Northern hemisphere slows down or even reverses direction over the course of a few days. The change is accompanied by a rise of stratospheric temperature by several tens of kelvins.’

So what does that mean for the UK?

This is of course the most important part.

Generally speaking the UK will see Westerly winds bringing in mildish air during the winter months which keeps snowfall and freezing temperatures at bay.

However an ‘SSW’ event results in Westerly winds being replaced by Easterly/ North Easterly winds as high pressure is able to take a firm hold over higher latitudes.

This does not always guarentee the colder air will land smack bang over the UK but increases the chances of this happening.

So on the back of this expected ‘SSW’ event the latest model outputs have been throwing up some very cold prospects for the UK.

Over the course of the coming days the exact weather we are likely to see should firm up so we can pinpoint how cold and which areas are at greatest risk of snowfall.

So if you had started to look forward to an early spring & warmer temperatures im afraid you may have to wait just a bit longer.