Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : First tornado death of 2013 ends record 220-day streak without a tornado death
Today's fatality ends the longest continuous stretch without a tornado death ever recorded in the U.S.--220 days. The last time the U.S. saw a tornado death was at Venus in Highlands County, Florida, from an EF-0 tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debby on June 24, 2012. The previous record was 197 straight days without a tornado death, which ended on February 28, 1987. Part of the reason for the long stretch without a tornado death during 2012 - 2013 was the relative lack of tornadoes. According to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC), the total number of tornadoes during 2012 was just 936. This is the first time since 2002 that fewer than 1000 tornadoes have been recorded.Lights out – France to force shops and offices to go dark overnight | World news | guardian.co.uk
Shops and offices throughout France will be forced to turn off their lights overnight in a bid to fight light pollution, the country's environment ministry has announced.Minister for cycling: UK will never be like the Netherlands | Environment | guardian.co.uk
we've had decades of "realism" on cycling and it's got us to the point where 2.2% of Britons use a bike as their main transport.