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Miserable Winter May Trigger UK "Cider Drought"

Get the pints queued up, as there might be a run on that nice kind of apple juice that's so easy to glug down. The National Association of Cider Makers suggests brewers may struggle to find enough apples this year, after the wet winter over saturated many of the apple trees used to create the brew. Read More >>

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Stock Up on Suncream as Killer Heatwave Summers Will Increase

The odd heatwave is treated like the Second Coming in dreary old Britain. But will we welcome blistering summers when they become the norm? A new Met Office report suggests that European summers will swelter as standard come the year 2040. Read More >>

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Rumour: iPhone 6 May Have Environment Sensors to Tell You When You're Too Hot

Speculation from a tech industry analyst suggests Apple may be planning to whack several more sensors into its next generation of mobile, with sources claiming we may see temperature, humidity and pressure hardware in a future iPhone. You'll be able to see what the weather's like outside without breaking eye contact with your device. Read More >>

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365 Days of Weather in 35 Cities, all in a Single Beautiful Image

Next time your weather forecast predicts the blizzard of the century, you could gaze at this gorgeous weather visualisation and find where in the world you should be vacationing. (Spoiler: it's probably somewhere sunny like California.) The designers at Raureif, masterminds behind a successful weather app, have gone analogue—packing a whole year's worth of global weather into one amazing poster. Read More >>

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Watch Bacteria Instantly Turn Water Into Ice

How does it work? It's the same principle behind how snow forms in the atmosphere (and in artificial snow machines, too—we'll get to that later). An ice crystal needs to form around a nucleus, which can be a bit of dust, soot, pollen, or, as we've seen, bacteria. Pure water doesn't have to crystallise into ice until it's as cold as -48 C below zero. In the demo here, the water has been supercooled to about -29 C, but it only freezes over after the P. syringae is added. Read More >>

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Earthquakes Join in With Kicking the UK While it's Down

It's all gone biblical down in the south west, with the epic flooding now joined by a new form of catastrophe -- the earthquake. Residents in as far afield places as Ilfracombe and Swansea experienced a 4.1 magnitude quake yesterday, as God callously moved another chess piece on his board of doom. Read More >>

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Careful, the Great Flood is Washing Up Unexploded WWII Bombs

The monstrous storms and very big waves we've been battered by so far in 2014 have been producing some exciting finds for beachcombers, with unexploded bombs turning up to worry dog walkers on some parts of our coastline. Read More >>

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Just Look How Much Airplane Wings Flex in Crosswinds

Landing in a crosswind can be terrifying, but just watch this video and see how much the wings of a Boeing 767 flex during severe turbulence. It's... disconcerting to say the least. Read More >>

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UK Flood Panic Triggers the Largest Emergency Response Since WWII Blitz

The UK is currently gripped by the sort of "Blitz Spirit" not seen since we all cheered when that nice man won his gold medal in the long jump back at London 2012, with a government minister claiming the fire and rescue response currently bailing out houses across the country is the largest mobilisation of trucks and blokes since WWII. Read More >>

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This Man's £10K Mud Fortress Can't Defend His Home from Flooding

Even the best-laid plans are being dashed by the flooding affecting large swathes of the south-west of Britain at the moment. If this man's £10,000, JCB-built mud walls can't stop his home from being overwhelmed, what chance do those making do with sandbags have? Read More >>

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Mini Tornado Made Cats Fly and Smashed Trees in Surrey

A quaint little British tornado landed in the town of Chobham on Saturday night, terrorising the local cats, damaging property and knocking out power in parts of Kent, Sussex and Surrey as it blew across the home counties. Read More >>

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Ukip Councillor Suspended After Suggesting Gay Marriage Caused the UK's Floods

The latest bizarre rant by a Ukip councillor has earned him a suspension, after David Silvester wrote an incredibly weird letter to a local newspaper in which he blamed the UK's recent spate of floods on the government's decision to allow same-sex marriages. Read More >>

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Hell Hath Frozen Over. Literally.

We shit you not. With the US still in the grip of a so called "polar vortex", temperatures  in the small town of Hell in Michigan have plunged to 17 below. Citizens of Hell -- if ever you wanted to get a memorable selfie with your pitchforks and devil costumes by the town sign, now is the time. Just avoid getting frostbite. [BBC] Read More >>

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Does Technology Help You Weather a Monster Storm?

Have you heard? We're having some pretty shoddy weather at the moment. Rain, wind, and excess flooding. Is that you? Are you using electrons and glowing screens to fend off the weather? Does that work? Read More >>

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Bargain Farmhouse Yours for £25,000, With Just One Small Problem...

...it might fall in the sea next time there's an unusually high tide. The house, outside Suffolk village Easton Bavents, was 1.6km from the sea when it was built in the 1600s, but coastal erosion means it's now just eight feet from tumbling off the cliff edge. Read More >>

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Cloudy With a Chance of Space Weather

Worried about an important satellite transmission? The Met Office will begin offering daily space weather forecasts to warn against solar storms that can knock out electric grids, radios, and satellite based tech like GPS. Solar storm activity follows a 11 year cycle, and we're approaching a maximum right now. [BBC] Read More >>

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