Thursday a body was discovered on a beach at Porthleven Sands by walkers. As the Guardian reports it is believed to be the body of a 27-year-old man who was swept out to sea on New Year's Eve. A huge wave caught four young men off-guard. Three off them made it back to dry land but one, the 27-year-old man, was washed away.
With more strong winds forecast, plus heavy rain the UKs environment agency is warning people to take care and avoid coastal areas. If you want to take the dog for a walk why choose a promenade which could be waterlogged quickly or even washed away?
One man in Cornwall chose to watch the spectacular waves from his car but was lucky to escape when it was washed away. The mailonline also reports "Teenager Harry Martin has gone missing after taking photographs of storm from cliffs close to Plymouth in Devon". Check out their webpage for more stunning images plus plenty showing people acting foolishly close to strong seas.
A promenade which has stood since Victorian days has suffered extensive damage.
Whether climate change, global warming or just one of those things British weather continues to cause havoc and financial hardship. Expect travel disruption to continue in the short term.
In the land down under, Australia, the New Year has kicked off with extreme heat.
Climate progress reports: "A heatwave that has enveloped much of Australia for the past couple weeks is reaching a breaking point, but not after first smashing temperature records. On Thursday, parts of inland Australia reached temperatures around 50 degrees Celsius, or 122 degrees Fahrenheit, before a shifting air mass is forecast to bring weekend temperatures back to averages in the mid-30s. There were reports of temperatures as high as 54 degrees Celsius, 129 degrees Fahrenheit, in the outback on Thursday."
With predictions that 2013 will be declared the warmest Australian year on record, with average temperatures trending about 1C above the long-term average, global wwarming is hard to deny.
In 2013 Oz experienced extreme heat and flooding in parts of the country which caused extensive damage. Before people have had time to recover it is a case of #here we go again'.
Across the Pond parts of the US are struggling to cope with heavy snow. A freezing cold US snow storm, Hercules, is causing chaos and at least nine people are reported dead. One man died when a massive pile of salt fell on him at a Philadelphia storage facility. "A woman with Alzheimer's disease froze to death after she wandered away from her rural New York home".
Flights across the US are cancelled and travel disruption is widespread. Savage, howling winds accompany freezing cold temperatures bringing a fierce winter bite to parts of the USA. Forecasters say the wind chill readings could hit minus 10F (-23C).
17in of snow fell in parts of Chicago. There are fears for homeless people especially in large US citieis such as New York.
What the f?!* is going on?
You may well be asking the above question but without the censorship. Whatever is happening there is no denying weird weather is here to stay and possibly getting worse. The data will not be properly used to assess weather changes and patterns until some time in the future. Scientists will need that time to use comparisons and decide if it is worsening or just a weird weather cycle.
By then of course, if it is manmade and either global warming or climate change, it will be too late.