Met Office in the News: 26 November 2010

The cold and snow across the UK is being covered extensively with coverage including, Britain ‘faces 10-day wintry blast’ (, North-east UK struggles as snow blows in (, Fresh snowfall amid ice warning (, Snowvember ( and Forecasters predict more snow in UK (

Today on BBC Radio 4 reported how the Met Office have issued a report on how this year is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, and how global temperatures may have been under-estimated. Dr Vicky Pope, head of climate change at the Met Office, explained how we may be underestimating the rate of global warming.

BBC Radio 5 Breakfast (last 5 minutes) and BBC online also covered the story in Met Office says 2010 ‘among hottest on record’.

Other newspapers reported: World is growing warmer, but pace slows (, Global warming is slowing down, say scientists ( and World is warming quicker than thought in past decade, says Met Office (

Met Office scientists have been awarded the inaugural Lloyd’s Science of Risk Prize for our work on long range hurricane predictions that will help tackle the largest single cause of insured loss.

Dr. Doug Smith, Met Office specialist in decadal forecasting, was awarded the prize for Best Overall Paper as well as the Science of Risk Prize for the Natural Hazard category. He led research that demonstrated for the first time the capability of climate models such as the Met Office Decadal Climate Prediction System (DePreSys) extends successful storm activity forecasts beyond the current season, to provide predictions years ahead.  An interview with Doug Smith followed the story.

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