Monthly Archives: February 2011

Met Office iPhone App makes it into The Sunday Times top App List

Today  The Sunday Times publishes the second part of their definitive App List.    Today their selection includes both Science and Weather and the Met Office is delighted that our iPhone App is included in the list of the top 500 … Continue reading

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Ask the experts about climate change

We are inviting the public to submit their questions about climate change as part of our contribution to the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) project. Anyone who is confused or curious about climate change can send their questions via the OPAL … Continue reading

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Met Office in the News: Friday 18th February

Earlier this week the journal Nature published a paper in how emissions of greenhouse gases increased the odds of the Autumn 2000 floods.  This paper used the detailed computer climate model developed at the Met Office Hadley Centre. Using this … Continue reading

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Met Office scientists awarded Denny Medal for ocean expertise

Met Office scientists have been awarded the Denny Medal for the best research paper of 2010 by the Journal of Operational Oceanography. The paper describes how the Met Office operational Forecasting Ocean Assimilation Model (FOAM) and the new Nucleus for … Continue reading

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Met Office becomes lead scientific adviser to Climate Week

The Met Office is to be the lead science advisor for Climate Week, which runs from 21st to 27th March 2011.  The role of the Met Office as lead science advisor is to explain some of the key science issues … Continue reading

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WOW – a new weather observations website for everyone

The Times has today run a feature – ‘Experts make way for an outbreak of enthusiasm from citizen forecasters’ – about a new project by the Met Office to set up a social network for weather observations. The weather is … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 09 February 2011

Defence Codex, the MoD magazine for defence engineering and science has written two articles in the latest edition of the magazine looking back at the Iceland volcanic eruption from last spring. ‘Ash in the sky causes eruption of scientific support‘ … Continue reading

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Amazon drought – caused by climate change or not?

Questions have been raised by recent research into droughts in the Amazon (BBC). Our Amazon expert, Dr Richard Betts discusses the issue of Amazonian drought. The recent paper, published in the journal Science, on the 2005 and 2010 Amazon droughts, … Continue reading

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Australia recovers as Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi finally weakens in Northern Territory

  Parts of North East Australia are clearing up in the wake of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, which is likely to have been the most intense cyclone at landfall over Queensland since 1918. Cyclones of a similar intensity have made … Continue reading

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First flood forecast test for Scotland

Emergency staff testing the new flood forecasting service for Scotland found themselves in a real-life situation this week. During a crucial two-day emergency exercise, involving a flooding scenario in the west of Scotland, weather conditions deteriorated and the new Scottish … Continue reading

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