Unfortunately my headline this evening is not from a fictional murder mystery written by Agatha Christie. It is from a science documentary. Let me lead you through it, chapter by chapter. If you're sitting comfortably then let us begin, back on February 10th.
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I'm currently engaged in a debate on Twitter with @Cornishview. His avatar doesn't reveal a gender, so I'm guessing here, but it does suggest that he understands the part that coal and the latent heat of vaporisation of water played in the beginning of the industrial revolution down here in not so sunny South West England. Cornishview says over on Twitter that:
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As the northern hemisphere hurricane season finishes, so thing start to warm up in the southern hemisphere. The first named tropical cyclone in the 2012/13 season in the South Pacific is Cyclone Evan. According to Al Jazeera Evan has already devastated Samoa, as you can see:
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Whilst we wait to see what pronouncements emerge from the COP18 climate change talks in Doha over the next day or two, back in the Philippines the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report in their 5:00 PM bulletin on December 7th that concerning what they call "lifelines":
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Typhoon Bopha is very unusual. According to Jeff Masters' Weather Underground blog yesterday, she is:
The 2nd most southerly typhoon ever recorded in the Western Pacific. Bopha became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth's rotation to get themselves spinning.
An unfortunate side effect of the southerly track of Bopha is that:
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According to the latest advisory bulletin issued by the United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC for short), based at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, Tropical Storm Bopha has now developed hurricane force winds, and is therefore now classified as a typhoon:
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Currently there are still two "Danger of Death" severe flood warnings in force for South West England. Still the one at Helston, plus another at Lostwithiel. In addition there are 74 red flood warnings, and 61 amber alerts.
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After a brief respite overnight the heavens have opened once again here in the Haldon Hills. According to the econnexus weather widget the number of red flood warnings here in South West England has jumped to 45, up from 11 earlier today. The amber flood alerts have increased from 50 to 57. Unfortunately for the first time during this extended period of heavy rainfall it seems things are even worse for people living near the south coast of Cornwall. According to the Environment Agency there are now two severe flood warnings in force:
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Cornish charity Shelterbox have been providing their distinctive green, tent filled boxes to the people of Haiti off and on for years now, as well as many other places around the planet. In their latest report from the Caribbean island nation following the passage of Hurricane Sandy last month, they say that:
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In their last public advisory bulletin concerning "Super Storm" Sandy the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center said yesterday that:
WINDS, ACCUMULATING SNOWS AND RAIN FROM THE REMNANTS OF SANDY CONTINUE TO DIMINISH. MULTIPLE CENTERS OF CIRCULATION IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE REMNANTS OF SANDY CAN BE FOUND ACROSS THE LOWER GREAT LAKES.
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