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Ugandan ice cap splits

Officials from the Ugandan Wildlife Authority have revealed that rising temperatures have caused the ice cap on the country's highest peak to split, blocking access to the summit of Mt Margherita – the third highest spot in Africa. The mountain is located in the Rwenzori mountain range – a place of great natural beauty which was declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1994. Rwenzori is one of the few places near the equator where glacial ice can be found, but while the ice cap covered 6 sq km just 50 years ago, it now measures less than 1 sq km.

In Wilma's grip: Sheila Snoddy on a Mexican holiday that went drastically wrong

Sheila Snoddy on a Mexican holiday that went dramatically wrong

We can't guarantee you'll be comfortable,"" they told us at the hotel. "And we certainly can't guarantee how long it will last. But we can say one thing with certainty – no one will lose their life on this island."

A year of extremes

BBC TV weather presenter Helen Willetts on an exciting six months at work


Everybody tells me: “Mums return to work for a break.” Well having returned to work six months ago following maternity leave, I have to say they’re wrong - it’s been nothing of the sort. In fact, it’s been a very demanding period for weather forecasting period. But if I’m honest, that’s one of the main attractions of my job.

(Fore)casting couch: David Lynch does the weather

When cult film director isn't messing with minds, he's quietly observing the weather


It may not be of much practical use unless you live in Los Angeles and you don’t have any windows, but that doesn’t prevent one particular web-based weather report from drawing thousands of people to the internet every day. And that’s because it happens to be the handiwork of cult film director David Lynch.