Met Office in the Media: 29 April 2011

As HRH Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married in Westminster Abbey, the showers held off, remaining to the north of central London. The cloud broke to give some sunny spells across the capital as they made their way back to Buckingham Palace in an open-top coach, leading to perfect weather for the ‘balcony moment’.  Elsewhere across the UK, showers have been affecting parts of NE England and Southern Scotland.  Showers are expected to develop across other parts of the UK through this afternoon, although as is the case with showers it will be ‘hit and miss’ with many places staying dry.

Richard Black at BBC News has reported on a new piece of research into the Agulhas Current flows which from the Indian Ocean into the Atlantic. in the article Met Office scientist provides comment.

Elsewhere the media have been reporting on the devastating tornadoes that have been affecting southern states of the US. The US National Weather Service has reports of nearly 300 tornadoes since the storms began on Friday, more than 150 of them on Wednesday alone. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has said some of the tornadoes on Wednesday may have been more than a mile (1.6 km) wide with wind speeds over 200 mph (320 km/h).  BBC News has a video from Met Office weather forecaster Louise Lear on the US tornadoes.

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