Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is it really going to snow?

Over the last few days the UK has been under the influence of high pressure giving us plenty of sunshine and record breaking temperatures but also overnight frosts in places. This weekend sees a gradual return to weather we would normally expect … Continue reading

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The Met Office and space weather

The Met Office is commonly associated with producing forecasts for Earth. However, since February 2011, we have been working in partnership with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) to develop a UK-based … Continue reading

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Met Office scientists to feature in BBC Horizon programme ‘Global Weirding’

BBC Horizon will broadcast ‘Global Weirding’ on BBC Two tonight at 9pm, exploring the science behind why the world’s weather seems to be getting more extreme and if these patterns are a taste of what is to come. Horizon say: “Something … Continue reading

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What’s causing the warm weather in the UK?

Temperatures continue to break records across parts of the UK. Cromdale in Moray reached 23.2 deg C on Monday breaking the record set the day before for the warmest March day in Scotland. Following on from our post yesterday ‘Why … Continue reading

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Why is it so warm?

The last few days have been unseasonably warm but why is this happening so early in the year? The answer lies largely in the air flow directly above the United Kingdom but more importantly where that air has come from. … Continue reading

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Citizen science looks at future warming uncertainty

A project running almost 10,000 climate simulations on volunteers’ home computers has found that a global warming of 3 degrees Celsius by 2050 is ‘equally plausible’ as a rise of 1.4 degrees. The study addresses some of the uncertainties that … Continue reading

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World Meteorological Day

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day on 23 March. This year the theme is “Powering our future with weather, climate and water”. As a world leader in weather, climate and science, the Met … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 20 March 2012

There has been widespread coverage of a scientific paper detailing an update to the joint Met Office Hadley Centre and University of East Anglia, HadCRUT global temperature dataset. The paper is published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. Compiled from temperature observations … Continue reading

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Blog about fog: why has fog been so persistent this week?

Foggy weather has been especially persistent this week, not clearing all day in some areas of the UK. Fog forms when relatively moist and mild air close to the ground cools quickly, causing the moisture in the air to condense … Continue reading

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Carol Kirkwood picks up fourth TRIC award

Met Office broadcaster Carol Kirkwood has been named as the UK’s best TV weather presenter by the Television and Radio Industries Club for a fourth time. Carol joined the Met Office weather team at the BBC in 1998 and is best known … Continue reading

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