Monthly Archives: January 2022

Elements of uncertainty

Nothing is certain in life, goes the old saying, but death and taxes. To which should probably be added, “and the weather.” The United Kingdom is affected by changeable weather conditions because of its close proximity to the Atlantic. In … Continue reading

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Natural variation and the influence on global temperature

2021 was another warm year globally – consistent with ongoing warming from greenhouse gases. The global average surface temperature in 2021 was 0.76 ± 0.04 °C above the 1961-1990 average according to the Met Office and University of East Anglia’s … Continue reading

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Scientists call for research to rise to the challenge of HILL events

Extreme weather events have become more frequent in recent years, and many of these can be attributed to climate change. The capabilities of weather forecasting and longer-term climate modelling have improved exponentially over recent decades, but even the best forecasting … Continue reading

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Shackleton and the Antarctic 100 years on

To commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the death of Ernest Shackleton, the Met Office has produced a video paying tribute to the Polar explorer’s incredible exploits and explaining why the Antarctic remains essential for scientists researching climate change. Antarctica: the … Continue reading

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Warm but dull month for December 2021 

December 2021 kicked off meteorological winter with a broadly warm – albeit dull – month of weather, during which the UK reached its highest New Year’s Eve temperature on record, with 16.5°C at Bala (north Wales). Maximum temperatures also exceeded 15°C in all four nations. This is according to provisional figures released by the Met Office.   The unusually high temperatures … Continue reading

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