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Weatherwatch: Venezuela’s varied climate

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The most northerly country in South America, Venezuela is also the sixth largest – roughly one-and-a-half times the size of France or Texas. It is very varied topographically, from the northernmost part of the Andes m...

Weatherwatch: science behind the ‘heaven scent’ aroma of rain

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There is something satisfying about the smell of rain. It is an aroma that is particularly noticeable at the end of a dry spell in summer. Some would claim it is a figment of the imagination but it is a real smell cal...

World weatherwatch: Peru’s saint of storms brings salvation to cities and ski slopes

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In August 1615, a Dutch pirate fleet under Joris Van Spilbergen threatened the city of Lima. According to legend, a nun called Sister Rosa, whose original name was Isabel Flores de Oliva, prayed for deliverance. A tre...

Weatherwatch: how the climate crisis is affecting English Heritage

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English Heritage has always made the point that Ironbridge in Shropshire is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution. Adesso, as the organisation points out, it could also be said to be the cradle of climate change. Il c ...

Weatherwatch: decline of landlines makes death by phone less likely

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While death by phone may sound like an urban myth, it can really happen. Nel 1985 a 17-year-old in New Jersey was found dead, lying on his bed while still holding a telephone receiver to his ear. Investigators were ini...

World weatherwatch: deadly Turkey wildfires rage on

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At least eight people have been killed and dozens are in hospital as a result of wildfires in southern Turkey caused by a heatwave in south-east Europe over the last week. Peoples’ homes burned down and authorities ev...

Weatherwatch: Cardiff taps into its subterranean heat

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The air in urban areas can be up to 3C (5.4F) warmer than in the surrounding countryside, known as the urban heat island effect. But less well known is that urban heating also warms the ground, and could be used to he...

Weatherwatch: research finds optimal size for windfarms

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It’s always good to see wind turbines going at full tilt on a breezy day. But are more wind turbines always a good thing? Windfarms come in all shapes and sizes, from one lonely turbine producing energy for a farm, t...

Weatherwatch: Trinidad and Tobago – one nation, two very different islands

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Although commonly considered part of the Caribbean region, the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago falls into two very different zoogeographical zones. Tobago, the smaller island to the north, is indeed typicall...

Weatherwatch: rainfall and heat records smashed in July

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A deluge of rain has inundated parts of western Germany and Belgium over the past week, caused by a slow-moving low pressure system that led to catastrophic flooding. Several rainfall records were smashed, including M...

Weatherwatch: rising seas threaten mansions yet to be built

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Standing with your feet in the sea at Emsworth in Hampshire, the coastal path is at knee level a metre away. Beyond that the elegant front gardens of the million-pound houses are well below eye level. It is a spring h...

Weatherwatch: Tanzania’s wide range of climatic zones

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As the largest country in east Africa – almost four times the size of the UK – Tanzania boasts a wide range of climatic zones. These range from the coastal strip alongside the Indian Ocean, via the Eastern Arc mountai...

Weatherwatch: shining a light on the history of sunscreen

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Weather forecasts now include a warning about ultraviolet levels and everyone knows they should apply sunscreen. tuttavia, this type of protection is a recent innovation. Sunscreen was first used on a large scale durin...

Weatherwatch: how the humble salp is helping to fight the climate crisis

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Salps are jelly-like sea creatures, so humble that few people even know they exist. But there are countless numbers of them swimming in the world’s oceans and they help fight climate change. Salps cruise around the se...

Weatherwatch: stalagmites help explain sixth-century water miracles

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World weatherwatch: flash flooding in Afghanistan, as Europe warms up

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Multiple days of heavy rain and thunderstorms caused widespread flash flooding across several provinces of Afghanistan last week, with as much as 75mm of rain falling in places. While this may not sound significant, t...

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