Monthly Archives: March 2013

Met Office continues to drive forward research on long-range forecasting

The BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ Programme have run a story this morning regarding the advice the Met Office gave to our government customers ahead of the exceptionally wet weather of April to June 2012. This was an extreme period of weather … Continue reading

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Met Office figures show we are on course for coldest March in over 50 years

This March is set to be the coldest since 1962 in the UK in the national record dating back to 1910, according to provisional Met Office statistics. From 1 to 26 March the UK mean temperature was 2.5 °C, which is … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Alert Service extended to help support

With cold weather forecast across the UK as we head through the Easter weekend and into the start of April, the Cold Weather Alert Service, which usually finishes at the end of March, has been extended for an additional two weeks. … Continue reading

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Is there a UK ‘heatwave’ on the way?

There have been some headlines today suggesting the Met Office has forecast a ‘heatwave’ by the end of spring. The articles reference a line from our March to May three-month outlook for contingency planners which refers to how our Spring … Continue reading

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Latest snow depths and wind speeds – 24 March

As forecast, we have seen some very wintry weather over the last few days. Here are some figures showing where the most snow has fallen. Wittering in Cambridgeshire saw the deepest snow, with 24 cm recorded at 9 am this morning. Many … Continue reading

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Five things you might not know about thunderstorms

1. Lighting can strike twice. The empire state building in New York has been struck by lightning as many as 48 times in one day. 2. The average flash of lightning would light a 100 watt light bulb for three months. … Continue reading

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February weather pictures and video summary

February was rather unsettled during the first half, but much more settled for the second half as high pressure brought mainly dry but often cloudy conditions with lower temperatures. This was the longest spell of dry weather of the whole … Continue reading

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March – a month of weather contrasts

Winter seems to have hung on for quite some time this year with low temperatures, frost, ice and snow affecting many areas into late March. This isn’t altogether unusual as we are more likely to see snow at Easter than … Continue reading

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Guest blog: Met Office launches volcanic ash forecasting game for National Science and Engineering Week

Today’s guest post is from our education channel for children, here’s Billy Blizzard to tell us about EVACuate… National Science & Engineering Week (NSEW) 2013 starts today and is now a mainstay in the UK events calendar. Initiatives like this have … Continue reading

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This week’s snowfall captured by rainfall radar

The rainfall radar network is a great way of looking back at how weather systems affect the UK. Here we see rainfall radar imagery from 00:00 GMT on Sunday 10 March to 09:00 GMT on Tuesday 12 March. It shows … Continue reading

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