Monthly Archives: March 2011

Driest March for years

March has been a very dry month in many parts of the UK. Provisional Met Office rainfall figures for March indicate that the month is likely to be one of the driest on record, even with rain falling over recent days. … Continue reading

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Met Office launches changes to the National Severe Weather Warning Service

The Met Office has launched improvements to the National Severe Weather Warning Service that will bring clearer, more targeted warnings based on the likely impacts that severe weather can bring. The new Alerts and Warnings, issued by the Met Office … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 29 March 2011

Richard Littlejohn in his Daily Mail column has inaccurately reported that a forecast for the coming summer was provided by the Met Office. This is not the case – The Met Office has not provided seasonal forecasts for over a … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 28 March 2011

A summer of ‘brolly and sunblock’? Many newspapers today have reported on a forecast of  ‘brolly and sunblock’ for the coming summer.  This forecast comes from a private weather forecasting company called Positive Weather Solutions, and is not a forecast … Continue reading

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Flying laboratory that brings better forecasts

The Express and Echo has run a feature article exploring the work of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), jointly run and funded by the Met Office and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The aircraft, a BAe146 four-engine … Continue reading

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Met Office supports Climate Week

The Met Office is supporting Climate Week, acting as the lead science adviser and providing clear guidance on the results from research and studies undertaken by our climate science experts. Among this work is the compelling evidence of rising global … Continue reading

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Japan earthquake and the UK Met Office role

Following the earthquake in Japan on Friday 11 March 2011, here is summary to clarify the roles and responsibilities of organisations around the world: The Japan Meteorological Agency has responsibility for Japanese earthquakes, tsunami, nuclear and volcanic ash warnings. For … Continue reading

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Six Nations weekend brings high hopes for all

As we head toward another Six Nations weekend all eyes will be on Stadio Flaminio, the Millennium Stadium and especially Twickenham, as Scotland try to take back the Calcutta Cup, from a so far unbeaten England side.  But what effect will … Continue reading

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Winter returns to northern Britain

Our forecasters are predicting the return of snow to parts of northern Britain for the weekend, bringing the risk of some travel disruption. Rain is expected to turn to snow over parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland … Continue reading

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Japan Earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.9 struck 250 miles (400km) from Tokyo on 11 March.  Following the earthquake there continues to be a risk of aftershocks and tsunamis throughout Japan. Tsunami warnings have been put in place around the … Continue reading

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