Monthly Archives: September 2012

Storm caused by most intense low to cross UK in September in 30 years

The low pressure system that has brought heavy rain, strong winds and flooding to the UK is the most intense to cross the UK in September for more than 30 years, with the lowest air pressure of 973mb being recorded … Continue reading

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Rainfall figures: over a month’s worth of rain in two days

Rainfall totals for the past few days – from 1:00 am Sunday morning to 8:00 am this morning – show some areas have already had more than twice their usual September rainfall. Ravensworth, in North Yorkshire, has seen the highest … Continue reading

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What’s bringing the stormy weather to the UK?

The UK has seen some very wet and windy weather since the early hours of Sunday morning and that is set to continue in places for the next couple of days – but what has brought these disruptive conditions? As … Continue reading

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ESA hands over control of the Metop-B weather satellite to EUMETSAT

Yesterday, at 18:30 local time EUMETSAT took control of Metop-B operations, following the three-day Launch and Early Orbit Phase conducted. The handover follows the launch of Metop-B on 17 September.   Since the launch all of Metop-B’s systems have been deployed and checked. This has … Continue reading

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A challenging forecast for the weekend

This weekend’s weather forecast is proving more challenging than usual as we see signs of much more unsettled conditions developing for all parts of the UK over the next few days. Much of the UK is set to have a … Continue reading

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When does Autumn start? Defining seasons

Seasons are fundamental to how we understand the UK climate and the environment around us, but how do we define when they start and end? In meteorological terms, it’s fairly simple – each season is a three month period. So, … Continue reading

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Weather satellite set for launch

Metop-B, the second of the EUMETSAT Polar orbiting satellites, which provide data for use by meteorologists and climate scientists at the Met Office and around the world, will be launched today. Metop-B is scheduled to be launched by a Soyuz rocket from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, … Continue reading

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Where’s the hottest place on Earth?

For 90 years the location of the hottest recorded temperature on Earth has been firmly fixed as El Azizia in Libya – which recorded a scorching 58 °C (136.4 °F) on this very day in 1922. It has always been a … Continue reading

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Met Office shortlisted in Appster awards

The Met Office iPhone and Android app have been shortlisted for the Best Consumer App in the Appster awards, to be presented on Oct 2nd in London. This continues a successful year for both the iPhone and Android apps having been shortlisted … Continue reading

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How do you like your weather summary?

For the last few months, we have created weather summary videos using satellite imagery and pressure charts, along with our climate summary, to explain the weather we’ve seen in the UK over the past month. We’ve experimented with two different formats … Continue reading

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