So it's not an 'Indian Summer', what's causing UK's unseasonal weather?

    Aira Idris Aira Idris | 17:30 PM, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

    Distance travelled ~ 693'959'200 km

    Here's an interesting video by Paul Gundersen, Met Office Chief Forecaster which tackles this question and explores how long we can expect to see the current warm conditions in the UK.

    How often do the remains of hurricanes affect the UK

    Distance travelled ~ 647'488'000 km

    Hurricane Katia, currently in the western Atlantic is set to steam due east towards the UK and is expected to reach our shores as a post tropical storm later in the weekend . With it will come the risk of severe gales and heavy rain to parts of the UK. The strength and depth of this September storm is quite unusual, but similar storms that originated as hurricanes have affected the UK in the last 20 years several times.

    Hurricane Bill - 2009

    You only have to look back as far as 2009 to find a storm that crossed the Atlantic. Hurricane Bill formed on August 15th and reached the UK as a post tropical storm on August 25th, bringing severe gales and heavy rain two days after being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm.

    Hurricane Alberto, Gordon and Helene - 2006

    In 2006, three post tropical storms reached the UK. Alberto, Gordon and Helene all brought wet and windy weather to the UK. Alberto combined with a cold front to the west of the UK whilst Gordon brought record warm temperatures as tropical air pushed north across the UK, but also strong winds that brought down power lines in Northern Ireland.

    Hurricane Isaac and Leslie - 2000

    These two hurricanes both affected the British Isles in the year 2000.

    Hurricane Karl - 1998

    Hurricane Karl made its way to southern Britain in 1998.

    Hurricane Lili - 1996

    Perhaps the most similar storm to Katia was in 1996 when the remains of hurricane Lili pushed across the UK just one day after being downgraded from a hurricane. The post tropical storm ran across Britain on 28th and 29th October. The storm brought gusts in excess of 90 mph, bringing widespread impacts across the UK and causing significant disruption.

    Hurricane Katia - 2011

    Katia is currently a category one hurricane off the east coast of the US and will run across the Atlantic through the weekend bringing the risk of severe gales and storm force winds in places later on Sunday and through Monday.

    Although it is expected to be windy everywhere, it is uncertain as to exactly which parts of the country will see the very strongest winds and therefore you should stay up to date with latest forecast warnings.

    Day 238 - weekly roundup - Top 5 Arizona monsoon photos/videos

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    Aira Idris Aira Idris | 14:30 PM, Friday, 26 August 2011

    Distance travelled ~ 611'308'000 km

    Some truly awesome Images and video sent to the 23 Degrees team by monsoon chasers in Arizona, currently on day 9 of their chase...

    Dust Devil, Arizona, captured by Craig Hough 18 August,
    Casa Grande (near Phoenix).


    Image captured by Paul Sherman, 18 August, Casa Grande."Upon heading into Casa Grande an amazing Haboob was pushing out Northwards from the Parent Thunderstorm and heading towards Phoenix."


    Image captured by Craig Hough 21 August, Grand Canyon. "Think it's fair to say I realised a dream yesterday, lightning photography at the Grand Canyon, does it get much better than this?"

    arizona monsoon lightning

    Image captured by Craig Hough, 23 August, Tucson Valley.

    lightning strikes, tucson valley

    Image captured by Paul Sherman 23 August. Vantage point above the Tucson Valley. "Well it just keeps getting better out here, elevated view of lightning over Tucson"

    To submit your severe weather images and video into 23 Degrees for a possible feature or for next week's 'weekly roundup blog' - email them to or add them to the weather photography pool.

    Day 231: weekly roundup in pictures and video

    Distance travelled ~ 592'816'000 km

    Sunset SurpiseImage taken by Wayne Karberg, August 16 in the Laramie Valley in Wyoming. "Several minutes before sunset (about 8:00 PM MST). This is the view east from my driveway. Rainbows occur frequently here due to the vast open sky and broken weather that passes over the Great Laramie Plains."

    August Lunar
    Full moon August 14, 2207hrs. Image taken by Dave Armstrong, Durham England. "I had the dogs out for their final walk of the day and spotted how beautiful the moon was and amount of light that was coming off it, on arriving back at the house grabbed the camera and tripod and set up in the garden and took approximately half a dozen shots"


    perseid meteor shower Perseid meteor shower. Image taken by Mavroudakis Fotis, 13 August over the mountains of Drama, a city in the Northern part of Greece . "This image is a stack of images which I took from 01:00 am to 02:00 am."


    And lastly, this video which was uploaded by weathernut27 of the snow brought about by a strong Antarctic storm over New Zealand, spreading over northern areas such as Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, where this extent of snow hasn't fallen in decades...

    Behind the scenes: The kindness of strangers

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    Arif Nurmohamed | 17:00 PM, Thursday, 18 August 2011

    Distance travelled ~ 590'993'600 km: Day 230

    (Arif is a Producer for 23 Degrees, currently in edit, but no stranger to the world's severe weather. He has directed films for 23 Degrees in the US, Mexico, Egypt and lastly India to name a few)

    We're in Udaipur, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, to film the monsoon. Only it's not raining.

    While we wait for a downpour, there's plenty of other stuff we can do. I need a driving sequence through the city's streets, so Toby the cameraman mounts a minicam on the bonnet of our car. Toby's done a lot of work for Top Gear so he's rigged this particular shot hundreds of times.

    The minicam mounts on the hood with a specially designed suction cup. Normally it sticks on like a limpet... Normally, though, it doesn't have to cope with India's potholes.


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    After about 10 minutes driving, we notice the camera is no longer with us. Cue rapid fire expletives. We think it must have fallen off in the last kilometre or so. While Sam the sound recordist stays behind in the car, Toby and I jump out and head back down the street. I run ahead, Toby's maybe 30 meters behind. We're at full pelt; both of us realise we've just seconds to retrace our route and find the camera before it is run over or vanishes. Some of the people we run past get the wrong idea; what was this white guy doing chasing an Indian looking man (me) down the road? Has the white guy been robbed? I suddenly find a couple of locals on my tail, and slow down in confusion. A couple more bystanders stop Toby to find out what I'd done. By the time Toby clears up the misunderstanding, a crowd has gathered, and one of them reveals our camera has already been found. In fact, as we'd been running around headlessly, the finder was on his moped looking for our car. 

    What's great is that the minicam was on all the time, and filmed everything. It's all there: the camera's initial bump and tumble, the finder's determination to track us down, and the delighted, slightly incredulous look on sound recordist Sam's face when the camera is returned.

    This accidentally shot footage is testimony to the wonderful generosity of spirit of ordinary Indians. It absolutely made our day.

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