Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014: A year in weather

2014 has been another year of eventful weather across the UK. Here we take a look at some of the year’s more notable aspects. Temperature The obvious headline from 2014 is that it will be the warmest year in our … Continue reading

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White Christmas?

Most people woke up yesterday to a green Christmas rather than a white one. Snow was recorded at our observation site at Lerwick and some sleet was also recorded at Wick between 11am and 12pm, however for the rest of the … Continue reading

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Dreaming of a White Christmas?

UPDATED FRIDAY 19th DECEMBER With less than a week to go before Christmas Day, we are going to look at the likelihood of a white Christmas – will we be waking up to a picturesque covering of snow on the … Continue reading

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Has there been a recent increase in UK weather records?

There have been a striking number of temperature and rainfall records broken in recent years, according to an analysis by the Met Office which is published in the journal Weather. The paper examines whether recent decades have seen an unusually … Continue reading

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Geminid meteor shower

The Geminid meteor shower is for many the highlight of the 2014 meteor shower calendar, starting back on 7 December it runs until the 16 December. The peak of the Geminid meteor shower takes place this weekend (13-14 December), when … Continue reading

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A closer look at ‘weather bombs’

With strong winds affecting parts of the country today, there has been a lot of talk about ‘weather bombs‘ – but what are they and what do they mean for our weather? First of all, it’s important to stress the … Continue reading

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Max UK wind speeds – 10 December 2014

UPDATED AT 11:30AM ON 10th DECEMBER 2014 Parts of the UK are being affected by strong winds today – particularly the north-western coast of Scotland. Winds are generally much lighter in south-eastern parts, although still gusty – particularly around coasts. … Continue reading

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Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall in Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the eastern Philippines, on a very similar track to the one forecast on Friday. Hagupit (known as Ruby locally in the Philippines) made landfall in the central/east part of the island of Samar, at … Continue reading

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Typhoon Hagupit still on course for the Philippines

In yesterday’s blog we reported on the formation of Typhoon Hagupit and its potential threat to the Philippines. At that time, winds averaged over one minute were estimated to be near 180 mph. During the last 24 hours Hagupit has … Continue reading

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Typhoon Hagupit threatens the Philippines

The typhoon season in the western North Pacific usually peaks in September and October. However, late season typhoons are not rare and this year Typhoon Hagupit has formed in December and poses a threat to the Philippines. Hagupit developed in … Continue reading

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