Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 hurricane season comes to an end

This year saw another active season in the North Atlantic with 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes. Both the number of named storms and hurricanes were well above the 1980–2010 averages of 12 and six respectively. However, only … Continue reading

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Be weather aware with our Windows Phone 8 app

The Met Office has launched its latest addition to mobile forecasts with a specially designed app for Windows Phone 8. Since it’s launch in the last two weeks it has garnered some very positive reviews with Windows Phone Central saying: … Continue reading

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November 2012 weather summary video and your pictures

November saw an exceptionally wet spell of weather towards the end of the month causing widespread disruption from flooding and landslips. In this video, forecaster Helen explains the weather that characterised November. We’ve also included some of your photos of … Continue reading

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Cyclone Evan strikes Samoa

Towards the end of every year tropical storm activity moves from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere. The South Indian Ocean has already spawned three tropical storms including the unusually strong early season Cyclone Anais in October. Attention has … Continue reading

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What is freezing fog?

Fog has affected many areas over the last couple of days, which in some places has been freezing. Freezing fog forms in the same way as ‘normal’ fog and is typical in winter, aided by clear skies and calm conditions. … Continue reading

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Top ten: weather related songs

The top ten weather related songs, as chosen by you on Facebook and Twitter are: 1. Let It Snow by various artists. 2. Mr Blue Sky by ELO. 3. Walking On Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. 4. It’s Raining … Continue reading

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How the ‘pest from the west’ will beat the ‘Beast from the East’

There was much talk at the end of last week about the ‘Beast from the East’ being set to bring some cold and wintry conditions to the UK this week. However, the balance in the atmosphere has changed and the … Continue reading

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Nacreous or ‘mother of pearl’ cloud sightings

Yesterday there was several sightings of an iridescent cloud in Scotland shared with us on Twitter and Facebook. As we did not observe the cloud ourselves and are only seeing the pictures, it’s not possible to be 100% certain, however … Continue reading

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The meteorology behind the ‘Beast from the East’

Update: See how the weather situation for the coming week has developed over the weekend: How the ‘pest from the west’ will beat the ‘Beast from the East’ The ‘Beast from the East’ – not the Grammy nominated live album … Continue reading

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Cold weather clue in upper atmosphere

During a period of colder than average weather across northern Europe in February this year we issued a blog discussing potential causes – including changes in circulation high up in the atmosphere. We also discussed these disruptions, known as Sudden … Continue reading

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