Category Archives: Met Office News

Mid-month February statistics on the 40th anniversary of blizzards

It has been a cold and wet first half of February for many of us however there have been a few isolated milder days and plenty of sunshine between the bands of rain. It’s been rather unsettled, with most of … Continue reading

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BBC and Met Office: an enduring partnership

Today the BBC has stopped taking most of its weather information from the Met Office, here Phil Evans, our Chief Operating Officer gives his perspective You will know us as the UK’s National Weather Service and also as the people … Continue reading

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Should the Met Office have named last night’s storm?

  It’s been a complex meteorological picture over the last few days with a number of weather warnings in force across the UK. A low pressure system crossed the UK last night (Wednesday into Thursday) bringing strong winds to many … Continue reading

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Review of the year – 2017 UK weather

2017 saw named storms and heatwaves affect the UK, but perhaps the most memorable day was October 16 when the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Great Storm was marked by an ex-hurricane generating headlines as the sky and the sun … Continue reading

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90 years ago parts of England were getting buried in snow

You might be disappointed that you haven’t had a White Christmas, but in 1927 parts of England saw some very disruptive weather with rain turning to snow later in the day, resulting in huge accumulations and causing disruption. In the … Continue reading

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What does the temperature of the Atlantic tell us about summer rainfall?

This week, researchers from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading published a paper suggesting that summer seasonal weather forecasting in the UK could become more accurate thanks to new research.  This result is the … Continue reading

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Where wildlife teems in the bleak midwinter

When the English poet Christina Rossetti penned her classic ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, she may have had a certain image in mind. To some this impression may ring true, but those who study nature will recognise a different reality. Our … Continue reading

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New eye in the sky to help UK weather forecasts

A new weather satellite is circling the earth. The JPSS-1 satellite, launched this weekend (18 November 2017) will provide a huge array of observational, near real-time, data which will be shared with US national and international partners including the Met … Continue reading

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Met Office in the News – BBC weather service update

You may have seen reports in the media that the Met Office has signed a new contract with the BBC to supply their weather services until March 2018. It’s been pleasing to see the public support and response to this, … Continue reading

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Did You Know? We’re testing new weather balloons: from Cornwall to Antarctica!

The Met Office launches over 4300 balloons every year from 6 locations across the UK and is involved in launching thousands more around the globe.  These are not party balloons; they are weather balloons that take a small weather observation … Continue reading

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