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Hurricane Irma: One of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storms on record

On Tuesday 5th September, Hurricane Irma grew into one of the Atlantic's most powerful storms. The category 5 hurricane - highest category storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale (a commonly used scale that attempts to measure potential property damage from storm winds) - had wind speeds around 185 mph, matching those of Wilma in 2005 which killed 87 people, costing billions in damage. As it moved through the Caribbean and towards southern Florida, Irma sustained winds of 185 mph for 37 hrs, making it the longest on record any tropical cyclone around the world has maintained this intensity.

Hurricane Harvey causes catastrophic flooding in Texas

Hurricane Harvey bought “catastrophic” flooding to the US state of Texas at the end of August, in what could be the costliest storm in US history with damage estimated to be in the billions of dollars.  Harvey deposited the heaviest total rainfall from any tropical cyclone in the continental US in records dating back to 1950, topping the 48 inch storm total in Medina, Texas, from Tropical Storm Amelia in 1978. 

Ben Nevis snow free for first time in 11 years

Snow expert, Iain Cameron, confirms that for the first time in 11 years there is no snow on Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Across Scotland, only three patches of snow survive in Scotland's mountains - one on Aonach Beag in Lochaber and two on Braeriach in the Cairngorms – but these could also vanish by the middle of September, for the first time since 2006.

Mr Cameron, said: "The situation this year is mainly down to a lack of snow last winter.”

Dancing cyclones: The ‘Fujiwhara effect’

The Fujiwhara effect is a rare phenomenon that sees nearby cyclones ‘dancing’ round each other. In July it was seen not once, but twice*: Hurricanes Hilary and Irwin rotated round each other in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico generating high surf for Southern California; whilst thousands of miles away in the western Pacific east of Japan just days earlier, Typhoon Noru and Tropical Storm Kulap spun round each other*.

Met Office release ‘State of the UK Climate 2016’ report

The Met Office have released their 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report, which is an annual publication providing an up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

The report shows that 2016 was the 13th warmest year in records dating back to 1910. For the UK as a whole, 2016 was 0.5ºC warmer than average (1981-2010), whilst the last decade was 0.3ºC warmer and sunshine levels were 4% higher.

Larsen C: Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctic peninsula

On 12th July, satellite data confirmed the ‘calving’ of a trillion-tonne, 5,800 km2 iceberg – one of the largest icebergs on record, more than a quarter the size of Wales - from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula.
Larsen C ice shelf - a floating mass of ice hundreds of metres thick which is attached to a huge, grounded ice sheet - is now 12% smaller in area than before the split and is at its lowest extent ever recorded, dramatically changing the Antarctic landscape.  It follows previous collapses of Larsen A ice shelf in 1995 and Larsen B in 2002.

WMO ‘Summer in the City’ video series

WMO and Climate Central have launched a series of “Summer in the City” videos to explain the impact of climate change on temperatures in some of the world’s major cities. The short videos have been released in a year that is already experiencing multiple heatwaves across the globe and daily temperature records, and if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, Earth’s average global surface temperature could rise more than 4°C by the end of the 21st century.