Weather News In Brief - Dec 13 2010

Later this week as deep low pressure sweeps into the North Sea, a blast of Arctic air spreads south across Britain and this will herald a change back to perhaps severe wintry conditions for much of the United Kingdom as daytime high temperatures will stay below freezing in most places with severe night time frosts. More from

Severe weather warning issued by UK Met Office for Northern Ireland - MORE

Another arctic blast will bring more snow and bitterly cold temperatures to the UK this week, forecasters have warned.  With many areas only just getting over the snowstorms earlier this month, another band of snow is set to sweep down across the country on Thursday. MORE from ITN

Arctic temperatures in Ireland might leave some without a Christmas tree this year, according to the Evening Herald.  Some Dublin retailers, whose suppliers are based in the mountains, are experiencing a shortage in the trees due to the freezing temperatures. MORE from Irish Central

The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks tonight, is the best shooting star display of the year, according to David Moore, chairman of Astronomy Ireland. The Irish Times reports that the  meteor shower will go on all night, with spotters able to avail of the long period of darkness at this time of year, although Mr Moore said more shooting stars would be seen toward dawn or by those getting up early in the morning.  The peak in meteor activity tonight will see some 20 times more than average, or up to 100 an hour from the normal five- to six-an-hour rate. MORE

New Cold Blast Invading Eastern U.S. Even More Brutal -MORE from accuweather

Meteorites have been spotted in the sky over Sussex, the Argus reports.  Louise Nippard was driving through Portslade when she spotted the smoky objects fly above her and land in the sea. Mrs Nippard, 44, said: “There are lots of them. It is absolutely amazing.  They are moving really fast and other people are watching them too. I can’t believe it.”  Read MORE

The shooting of ducks, geese and waders is to be suspended in Scotland for the second time this year because of severe weather. MORE from Smallholder