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. 


The climate of a small area, such as a garden, a location near a body of water, a valley or a city can be distinct from that in the general, surrounding region. The spatial scale microclimates can manifest over can vary from a few square metres up to several square kilometres.

Biometeorology: Weather and Health

Biometeorology is the study of the impact weather has on the natural world, including animals, plants and humans. This includes the impact on symptoms of existing diseases, contribution to new conditions and temporary physiological changes. There are a number of illnesses and symptoms that are caused or exacerbated by certain types of weather. Here we discuss some of the more obvious conditions, as well as some, perhaps, more surprising ailments.


A weather system with higher pressure in the centre than in its surroundings. An anticyclone is characterised on a weather chart by completely closed isobars, roughly circular in form, spreading out from the central high pressure area. The presence of an anticyclone system usually results in fine, cloudless weather.