Monthly Archives: October 2012

Top ten coldest recorded temperatures in the UK

This lists the lowest temperatures recorded in separate cold spells since 1961.   Date Station Area Temperature 1 10 January 1982 Braemar East Scotland -27.2 °C 1 30 December 1995 Altnaharra No 2 North Scotland -27.2 °C 3 13 December 1981 … Continue reading

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Infographic: The Great Storm of 1987

The Great Storm of 1987 remains one of the most talked about weather events for a generation, it even featured in the Olympic Opening Ceremony. Twenty five years on, the storm has led to numerous improvements to the science, technology … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 14 October 2012

An article by David Rose appears today in the Mail on Sunday under the title: ‘Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it’ It is the second article … Continue reading

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How did the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 develop?

From the trail of devastation left by the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987, it’s clear that it was an unusual event. Analysis of the storm suggests there had been nothing like it since 1703 and that it was an event so rare … Continue reading

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Double rainbow – what does it mean?

There’ve been lots of reports of rainbows and double rainbows this morning, but why do they occur? Rainbows appear when sunlight passes through a raindrop causing it to be refracted, or bent. As the light passes through the drop, it is … Continue reading

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Competition and offer: Weather Wonders and Extraordinary Weather books

To celebrate the launch of Extraordinary Weather we are offering the chance to win a copy of both Extraordinary Weather and Weather Wonders. If you would like to buy the book, there’s also two special offers available to Met Office blog readers. … Continue reading

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Nadine becomes second longest-lasting Atlantic tropical storm

After travelling for over three weeks across the eastern Atlantic, Tropical Cyclone Nadine has finally dissipated to become absorbed into a larger low pressure system over the mid Atlantic. The US National Hurricane Centre have declared that Nadine will tie … Continue reading

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Met Office website widget to support local tourism

Following the wettest summer in over a century, a north Devon tourism boss has suggested the Met Office delivers ‘pessimistic forecasts’. Although we can’t change the weather we’d like to help in any other way we can. The Met Office … Continue reading

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Using probabilities in weather forecasting

Predicting how the weather will behave over the coming hours, days, weeks and months is a complex undertaking. Each timescale presents its own challenges. In an ideal world, everyone would like us to tell them exactly what the weather will … Continue reading

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Provisional figures for September

The provisional figures for the whole of September are in and, overall, the UK received 112.4mm of rain which is 117% of the long-term average. The wettest period of the month fell between the 23rd and 26th but with a very dry start to the month, … Continue reading

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