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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

Met office forecasters 'off screens'

One of the BBC's most popular weathermen is to be removed from an on-screen role as part of cost-cutting measures, it was revealed today.

Storm chaser who swapped North-east for the Midwest

Roger Coulam tells Jonathan Brown how tornadoes pulled him out of Sunderland

Mystery at the top of the world: Did George Mallory make it to the summit of Everest before he died?

Graham Hoyland argues that he couldn't have – due to a deadly combination of bad weather and worse luck

Outlook cloudy for British passports

Britain's unpredictable weather is being deployed in images used as a security measure to help protect the next generation of UK passports from forgers.

Torrential rain hits Britain

Parts of Britain were hit by torrential rain and gale force winds today as summer looked to have come to a rude end.

Today's weather will be mostly dry, with scattered profanity...

BBC presenter gives one-fingered salute

James Burton: Whatever happened to ... Iceland's volcanic ash

The ash cloud that stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers, threatened to blight a summer of air travel and turn 2010 into one long winter has, er, disappeared.

Happy (wet and windy) St Swithin's Day

Folklore says today's rain heralds 40 days of downpours - and forecasters have not dismissed the possibility.

China floods death toll rises to 175

Widespread flooding in southern China has caused 175 deaths, with 107 people missing and more storms expected, the government said today.

Flood deaths rise in southern China

Massive flooding in southern China has killed 132 people and forced 860,000 to flee their homes, and more storms are on the way, the government said today.

Landslides and flooding kill 53 in China

A news report says the death toll from flooding and rain-triggered landslides in southern China has climbed to 53 after the bodies of all missing people were recovered.

Tsunami alert after Vanuatu earthquake

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 rattled the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu today, triggering a tsunami warning for the area, officials said.

All is quiet at Icelandic volcano, research shows

Officials in Iceland say there is very little activity at the Eyjafjöll volcano but that it is too early to say whether the eruption that has disrupted global air travel is over. Iceland's Meteorological Office has said that "the eruption activity is minimal".

Earthquake strikes off Indonesia's Sumatra island

A 7.7 earthquake shook Indonesia's northwest island of Sumatra early today, triggering a small tsunami, snapping power lines and sending panicked residents rushing for higher ground.

Power cut as major storm hits Perth

A major storm has caused widespread flooding, collapsed roofs and power cuts to 150,000 customers in the western Australian city of Perth.

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