Monthly Archives: January 2014

The 2013 global mean temperature

In December 2013 we published an estimate of the global mean temperature up to the end of October 2013, based on an average of the three main global temperature datasets – Met Office and University of East Anglia (HadCRUT4), NOAA … Continue reading

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Saturday’s squally weather and reports of tornadoes

On Saturday we saw a number of heavy rain showers group together in what’s known as a ‘squall line’ – a narrow band of thunderstorms, intense rain, hail, and frequent lightning accompanied by brief but very strong gusts of wind … Continue reading

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Coldfinger – The power of weather in context for marketing and advertising

Terry Makewell, the Head of Digital & Global Media at the Met Office details how we are seeing not just the next stage of contextual advertising but the emergence of an era where the agency takes further control of Return … Continue reading

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December weather summary

December saw some settled weather but also some stormy periods. A major winter storm on 5th brought strong winds to Scotland with a storm-surge mainly affecting the east coast. A succession of deep Atlantic low pressure systems brought heavy rain … Continue reading

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Mild wet winter continues in early January figures

Provisional half-month statistics up to the 15th of January show a continuation of the generally mild and wet theme of the UK’s winter thus far. The mean UK temperature up to the 15th of January is 5.1 °C, which is … Continue reading

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What is causing the extreme cold over North America?

The weather over North America has been hitting the headlines over the last few days with record breaking cold conditions spreading south from the Arctic. This has been linked to a ‘polar vortex’, but what is this and what could … Continue reading

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UK Weather: How stormy has it been and why?

Since the start of December the UK has seen a prolonged period of particularly unsettled weather, with a series of storms tracking in off the Atlantic bringing strong winds and heavy rain. The windiest month since 1993 In order to … Continue reading

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