Nuthin' to see here folks. Just record breaking rainfall and lightning strikes across the UK.
Also elsewhere, record breaking temperatures across the United States. The worst wildfire on record in Colorado history. Earthquakes galore in diverse places. Syria in civil war and worsening by the day. Brewing Middle East tensions. Global economy deteriorating. Eurozone sovereign debt crisis now forcing the hand of countries to accepting central banking and political authority. Calls for New World Order, New Global Economic Order and even World Government. Oh and big news today, Tom Cruise and Katie Homes to split!
Wettest April to June since records began and more unsettled weather to come
By Richard Alleyne
4:42PM BST 29 Jun 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/we...r-to-come.htmlLate spring and early summer have been the wettest on record with much of the country receiving more than a foot of rain.
The Environment Agency said that the recent deluges had meant that the last three months have seen more rainfall than at any time since 1910 when the first readings were made.
The highest rainfall was in Wales, parts of which saw 17 inches fall during the time.
The "driest" area was the Anglian region with 11 inches.
The Environment Agencies, which monitors rainfall levels as part of its brief to avoid droughts, made the announcement as the clean-up after being battered by the latest torrential downpours battered homes and the transport network.
Last week alone more than three inches of rain fell in the North West and more than two inches in the North East, South West and Wales.
England and Wales have already received more than double the long-term average rainfall for the month.
Record 110,000 lightning bolts strike during 'superstorms'
By Andrew Hough
6:15PM BST 29 Jun 2012
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/we...perstorms.htmlBritain was hit by a record amount of lightning strikes during the freak thunderstorms that battered the country on Thursday, experts have said.
The Met Office said more than 110,000 lightning bolts were recorded across the UK, with more than 200 strikes recorded every minute at the peak of activity.
Experts said this was 40 times higher than an average lightning storm and was the equivalent of four months’ worth of strikes in one day.
Government forecasters said most of Thursday’s strikes, which came as rare “super cell” thunderstorms battered the Midlands and northern regions, were fork lightning and hit the ground.
In one dramatic video, footage showed a spectacular bolt striking the lighting storm over a field in Suffolk, UK Bridge, linking Newcastle and Gateshead, which captured the intensity of the fierce storms that swept across the North.
While the Met Office does not maintain lightning records, the UK Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) suggested Thursday’s levels were a record amount to hit Britain in one day.