Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Met Office’s outlook for UK winter 2013-14

There are some headlines in the media today discussing the Met Office long range forecast for this winter. Firstly it’s important to remember that it’s our short and medium term forecasts that are relied on by emergency responders to help … Continue reading

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Winter so far – 20th February rainfall update

The latest rainfall update from the Met Office National Climate Information Centre shows that this has been the UK’s wettest winter on record in the national series going back to 1910. These provisional rainfall statistics for the winter so far … Continue reading

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Winter so far – 18th February rainfall update

As the UK heads into a period of more normal unsettled winter weather weather, the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre has looked at statistics for this winter so far (from 1 December 2013 to 13 February 2014). These add … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 16 February 2014, response by Professor Mat Collins and the Met Office

An article by David Rose appeared yesterday in the Mail on Sunday entitled: ‘No, global warming did NOT cause the storms, says one of the Met Office’s most senior experts’ In it he says that Mat Collins, Professor in Climate … Continue reading

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Met Office rainfall records – how far do they go back and what can they tell us?

As we have seen over recent weeks and months, observations for the UK are essential to put recent weather into context and to detect variations and possible long-term trends in UK climate. So, when the Met Office quotes “the wettest … Continue reading

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January weather summary

January saw a succession of weather systems tracking across the UK from the Atlantic which brought high winds, at times gale force, and persistent rain to the country. This extended a sequence of deep lows that began in mid-December. The … Continue reading

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12 February 2014 – Storm Statistics

The UK saw severe weather conditions throughout the course of Wednesday 12 February 2014 and as forecast the strongest winds hit the Welsh and Northwestern coast. Below you can see the highest gusts of wind and rainfall totals recorded at Met … Continue reading

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Statistics for winter so far

As the unsettled UK weather continues this week, the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre have looked at statistics for this winter so far (from 1 December to 10 February). These add to previous facts and figures we put out earlier … Continue reading

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UK’s exceptional weather in context

As the UK’s run of exceptionally wet and stormy weather continues, the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre has looked at how the last two months compare in the historical records. Here’s some facts and figures for the weather we’ve … Continue reading

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Wind gusts and rainfall totals 4-5th February 2014

Last night another major Atlantic depression affected the UK, bringing further heavy rain and severe gales. Here are some of the highest gusts of wind and rainfall totals recorded at Met Office observing stations between 3pm yesterday and 8am today. … Continue reading

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