Past Week’s Weather
Another ‘mobile’ week for much of the
Another relatively warm week for the Falklands; on Friday a brisk westerly wind from the South American mainland helped to push up the temperature to 23.6°. Minimum temperatures were also on the high side; not even a ground frost was recorded last week.
As you would expect for a marine location there was not much difference in temperatures last week; the range of maximum temperature was around 1.7 whilst that of night time minima was only around 1.4°C. Showers were noted on most days last week, but these were generally light – the total for the week only added up to 3.2 mm.
Spontaneous Human Combustion (SHC)
There has been something in the region of 200 cited cases of ‘Spontaneous Human Combustion’ over the last 300 years or so – the burning of a living human body without an apparent external source of ignition. The more convincing cases share the following characteristics: the body is almost completely incinerated while nearby furniture that should normally have been damaged remains intact; the torso appears to be the focus of the fire; the victim is typically alone at the time of death, is thought to have been alone when the fire started showing little sign of having struggled. There have been numerous examples of SHC in works of fiction: Charles Dickens provides a very graphical depiction of the death of the shop-keeper Mr. Krook by SHC in his novel Bleak House; Russian author Nikolai Gogol cites SHC on three separate occasions. How does it occur? There are many suggestions: one hypothesis is that clothing is ignited by a static electric discharge. A person walking across a carpet can build up sufficient charge & voltage to create a spark. A second hypothesis is that
SHC is somehow linked to that other poorly understood atmospheric phenomena – ball lightning, a source of static electricity that builds up during thundery weather.