Monday, 24 March 2008

Easter Monday 2008

Greetings from a decidedly chilly Stornoway, where the sun is out - after a morning of snow showers. Nothing settling, but it's very wintry. Thermometer has not been above 2C for a day.

The hurricane warning I put out last night has been cancelled, because the tropical cyclone concerned has been pulled apart. Winds at different levels in the atmosphere were blowing at different speeds and directions, meaning Lola is no longer there. Its remains may still head south, but pose little threat to Mauritius or La Reunion. Another cyclone is being born east of the Cocos Islands, northwest of Australia. Atmospheric conditions there are perfect, but its future course is not certain. The Australian authorities take it south, the other forecasters push it west - towards the Cocos Islands.

Tension in South America is once again heading towards boiling point. A few weeks ago, Ecuador and Venezuela were eye-balling Colombia over a raid by Colombian troops into Ecuadoran territory whilst raiding a rebel encampment. It has now been confirmed that an Ecuadoran national lost his life in the raid. The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, has threatened diplomatic tension if that would occur.

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