Monthly Archives: January 2012

How mild has it been so far this winter?

At the halfway point of January and winter as a whole, many people have been asking about what we’ve seen so far and how things are likely to end up in the records. Looking at January, half-month figures show it … Continue reading

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Cloud spotting infographic and video

Having trouble telling a cumulus from a stratus cloud? In our video James Chubb explains how clouds form and how this can help you can tell one cloud from another. We’ve also put together a guide to identifying all the … Continue reading

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Clear skies forecast for Stargazing Live 2012

Stargazing Live 2012 will see Dara Ó Briain and Professor Brian Cox presenting live from Jodrell Bank Observatory on the 16 – 18 January. There’s also local Stargazing Live events taking place around the UK. Astronomers will be hoping for clear skies for the event, and … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 12 January 2012

There have been stories in the media today incorrectly suggesting that Met Office staff have been awarded “bonuses” for performance over the last year despite what has been reported as “dramatic mistakes” being made. This is simply not the case.  Here, we … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 09 January 2012

The stormy conditions in Scotland last week were the source of much comment over the weekend. Scotland on Sunday explored this in ‘Forecast is grim for the Met Office, but are they at fault for missing Big Gail?‘. Unfortunately many … Continue reading

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A busy year for the Met Office in 2011

It has been another very busy year for us here at the Met Office as we have helped the UK manage the risks of severe weather, supported the world in the aftermath of natural disasters, continued our support of the … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: ‘That sleighbell winter?’

George Monbiot has written a fascinating comment piece in The Guardian exploring why some parts of the media reported that we were likely to have one of the coldest starts to winter again in 2011. In ‘That sleighbell winter?‘ George … Continue reading

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What’s behind the stormy weather so far this winter?

So far this winter the UK has seen some very strong winds associated with a series of Atlantic storms. This has included some near-record strength gusts of wind in places, with Scotland particularly badly affected. On 8 December a gust … Continue reading

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