Monthly Archives: December 2015

What’s been happening to our weather?

December 2015 will go down in meteorological history as one of the wettest – and warmest – on record. It will also be remembered for the devastating floods in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland. The extensive flooding of homes and … Continue reading

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Record breaking December rainfall

This is has already been a record breaking month for rainfall in some parts of the UK, with exceptional amounts of rain falling onto already saturated ground. The very wet Boxing Day in parts of north Wales and northwest England … Continue reading

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December on track to be the mildest on record

Mowing the lawn has been the reality for some so far this December, with unseasonably high temperatures. It looks as though the UK is on track to break the record for the warmest December since records began in 1910 and … Continue reading

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What’s ‘in store’ this Christmas?

With Christmas just a few days away, it looks like the current mild weather is affecting our shopping habits during one of the most important shopping periods of the year. Christmas is a key trading period for suppliers and retailers, … Continue reading

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Mild start to December

Looking at figures dating back to 1960 this has been the mildest start to December for Wales (8.7C), south west England (9.8C) and south east England (10C), and the 4th warmest for the UK as a whole (7.1C), with 1979, … Continue reading

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Saharan dust

During Wednesday night the mild southerly airflow affecting the UK spread a thin ribbon of dust, originally lifted from the Sahara, northwards across parts of England and Wales. The dust has been detected just above the surface over many parts … Continue reading

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The science questions following a global deal on climate

There has been a huge amount of worldwide media coverage following the weekend’s announcement of a globally agreed deal to try to limit global warming to 2 °C or less. Here Professor Stephen Belcher, the Director of the Met Office’s … Continue reading

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Typhoon Melor bringing stormy weather to the Philippines

After an extremely active northern hemisphere tropical cyclone season in 2015, the last couple of weeks have been very quiet. This is not unusual as the season often tails off in November and December. However, there has been a sting … Continue reading

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Climate change and weather caught in a media storm

December so far has been characterised by intense media discussions about climate change and its relationship to weather. Early in the month, the Met Office welcomed the BBC Trust report, which recognised there was a serious breach of their editorial … Continue reading

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Did climate change have an impact on Storm Desmond?

The exceptional rainfall in Cumbria over the past few days saw the fall of numerous records and has led many to ask whether it is linked to climate change. The records are based on digitised data going back to the … Continue reading

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