Monthly Archives: October 2013

How powerful was Monday’s storm?

The storm that swept across southern parts of the UK caused widespread disruption and included a gust of almost 100mph, but how does it compare to previous storms? It’s not just the numbers In terms of the severity of the … Continue reading

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Unsettled weather to come – but no repeat of ‘St Jude’ in sight

There have been a few mentions in today’s media of another storm coming in for this weekend – with the Daily Express suggesting that a ‘new deadly storm’ is on the way. It’s fair to say we are expecting a … Continue reading

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Major Atlantic storm – wind speeds and rainfall totals

The Atlantic storm which has caused disruption across parts of England and Wales this morning has now moved off into the North Sea. We expect the most powerful winds and heavy rain associated with the storm to clear eastern areas … Continue reading

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The severe storm this weekend and why it’s not a hurricane

There is much coverage of the storm heading our way later this weekend with mentions of it being a ‘hurricane’. This is not strictly correct as we don’t get hurricanes in the UK and this is why. Hurricanes are warm … Continue reading

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UK’s unsettled weather and the jet stream

The UK is set to see unsettled weather throughout this week as heavy rain and windy conditions are expected to affect many areas, whilst temperatures will remain mild for the time of year. We talk about the jet stream quite … Continue reading

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Cyclone Phailin and more Pacific Typhoons

As per forecasts discussed in our blog last week, Cyclone Phailin struck the east coast of India over the weekend with winds estimated at near 130 mph. It brought a strong storm surge along the coast and more than 230 … Continue reading

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Winter Forecasting – Responding to the headlines

Once again it is the season for speculation and big headlines regarding what the weather will do over the winter period. The front page of the Daily Express today claims: ‘Worst winter for decades: Record-breaking snow predicted for November’. We saw … Continue reading

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September weather summary

September opened with some fine, warm, sunny weather. After a brief stormy period mid-month, the second half was quieter and more typical of autumn. The provisional UK mean temperature was 12.8 °C, which is 0.1 °C above the 1981-2010 average. … Continue reading

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Cyclones set to strike India and the Philippines

While the tropical storm and cyclone season for the northern hemisphere has been relatively quiet this year, the last few weeks has seen a spike in activity with three tropical cyclones currently active. The north Indian Ocean sees tropical storms … Continue reading

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Lowest temperatures 10 October

Last night saw the first widespread cold night of the season. Here are the lowest temperatures from around the UK: ENGLAND SITE NAME AREA MIN TEMPERATURE  (°C)    Bridgefoot        CUMBRIA       1.5 Leek, Thorncliffe STAFFORDSHIRE 2.2 Spadeadam CUMBRIA       2.2 Warcop Range      CUMBRIA       … Continue reading

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