Monthly Archives: January 2011

Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi heads for Queensland

North East Australia is on alert as Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi heads for Queensland later this week. Those travelling to Australia should keep up to date with the latest forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi already … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 26 January 2010

La Niña and its continuing impact on the worlds weather and its impacts elsewhere continues to be of interest. The Telegraph reported that La Niña is a danger to the economic recovery in which Dr Rob Allen provided some detail … Continue reading

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2010 – a near record year

The Met Office and the University of East Anglia have today released provisional global temperature figures for 2010, which show the year to be the second warmest on record. With a mean temperature of 14.50 °C, 2010 becomes the second … Continue reading

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FCO offers support to Australia from joint Met Office and Environment Agency Flood Forecasting Centre

Foreign Secretary William Hague today announced that Britain would provide assistance to the Australian Government in response to the recent flooding. The British Government has offered to provide experts in flood recovery management and experts in advanced flood forecasting methods … Continue reading

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Heavy rain for parts of the UK this weekend

Forecasters at the Met Office are monitoring the development of a slow-moving weather front, which could produce significant amounts of rain over the weekend. A Met Office early warning has been issued for Cumbria for heavy rain, especially across the … Continue reading

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La Nina: in graphics

The images below show the tropical pacific at times of La Nina conditions and times of neutral conditions. Under La Nina conditions, the sea surface temperatures are cooler across the eastern tropical pacific, and as a consequence the atmospheric circulation is pushed further west.  The … Continue reading

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The impacts of La Nina on global weather

The weather is making headlines around the world as heavy rain and flooding affects parts of Australia, Sri Lanka and Brazil.  With a strong La Nina in place in the tropical pacific ocean at the moment the focus has been … Continue reading

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Don’t believe all the climate headlines

Steve Connor of the Independent has written a fascinating article today.  ‘Don’t believe the hype over climate headlines’ is about a story that ran in the paper ten years ago with which ‘climate contrarians have been making much of’. Steve makes some … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 8 January 2011

Snowy weather pushed north across parts of the UK yesterday bringing snow to some areas as expected.  The snow was fairly temporary for many as rain followed and tended to melt the snow that had fallen.  Overnight snow fell across … Continue reading

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Climate figures for December 2010 and the year 2010

There is widespread interest in the cold weather through December 2010 and what this means for UK climate statistics. Following early statistics up to the 28th December  issued between Chrismas and New Year, the Met Office will issue provisional statistics … Continue reading

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