Tuesday 13 January 1998
Peru: According to the Peruvian Ocean Institute, the El Nino warm water mass is starting to disappear. An analysis of satellite photographs has shown that a deep cold water current is rising to the surface, displacing El Nino's warm water towards the Peruvian coast.
England: Record January temperatures have been blamed on El Nino, which has resulted in unseasonally warm air in the South Atlantic, brought here by south-westerly winds.
Israel: A huge snowfall in Jerusalem has solved a mystery for one tourist. John Vest, a visitor from Florida, said yesterday: "In the Bible, in the Psalms, when David says 'white as snow', I always wondered how he knew what snow was like. Now I know."
United States: An estimated half a million people were without power after an icy storm hit Maine and northern New York. Power lines were down, and hundreds of families were forced into emergency shelters. This is the kind of damage you'd see in a wartime situation," said a spokesman for a power company. El Nino was held to blame for three days of freezing rain. "It's impossible to exaggerate the devastation," said Angus King, the Governor of Maine.
Canada: An ice storm has effectively closed down Montreal for the past four days.Yesterday, schools, businesses, institutions and industry were again requested not to open. The damage has been estimated at more than $1bn, making it the country's costliest ever natural disaster for the insurance industry. At least 15 deaths in Canada have been blamed on the ice storm.
China: Unusually warm winter weather may add to the problems of what is already the country's worst drought for 30 years.
Britain: William Hill has cut the odds against the temperature reaching 100F anywhere in the UK in 1998 from 25-1 to 20-1.
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
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