Monthly Archives: August 2010

Met Office in the Media: 31 August 2010

The Times ran a number of articles over the weekend in the Weather Eye feature looking at the North Atlantic Hurricane Season.  Julian Heming, tropical storm expert at the Met Office briefed Paul Simons explaining the quiet start to the  Hurricane … Continue reading

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Weather set to improve next week

The weather is set to improve for most as we head through the Bank holiday weekend and in to next week, with more settled conditions spreading from the south and west. Our forecasts show that it is likely to stay … Continue reading

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Has our summer really been a washout?

We have been asked a lot in the last few days why the summer has been ‘so miserable’. Well, a look back at the summer months and the figures suggests that it hasn’t been particularly bad, and certainly no where … Continue reading

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Identified by the weather

When you are travelling to foreign shores you will just have to take a look at your passport to be reminded of home, as weather now forms part of the design of the new UK passport. The new design, available … Continue reading

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Met Office on Newsnight

On BBC Two tonight, Newsnight Science Editor Susan Watts will be examining claims by senior climate scientists that global warming is a “major contributing factor” (Dr Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Program). As part of this Susan will be asking Met Office … Continue reading

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Pakistan floods – More than just an active monsoon?

As the severe flooding in Pakistan appears to worsen once again our Chief Scientist, Professor Julia Slingo, investigates why there has been such severe floods in Pakistan. Pakistan typically receives about half its annual rainfall of 250–500 mm during July and August … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 20 August 2010

The sun reports today on an ‘upside-down’ rainbow that was seen in Derbyshire. What was actually observed is known as circumzenithal arc.  In order for conditions to be right for a circumzenithal arc to form, small, flat, six-sided ice crystals must be suspended high … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 16 August 2010

The weekend papers continue to report on the extreme weather being experienced across the world, and the reasons behind such weather.  The Observer focused on scientists meeting in Colorado this week to explore operational attribution of climate related extreme weather.  … Continue reading

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No quick fix

A Met Office study has shown that our weather and climate could continue to be affected long after any reductions in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The latest findings published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters show that we may … Continue reading

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Geoengineering: the risks and rewards of tackling climate change

Some would argue that geoengineering is a viable solution to climate change if the world fails to reduce carbon emissions. However, relying on artificial methods of cooling the atmosphere has potential risks and could mean that there may have to … Continue reading

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