Category Archives: Met Office News

Colder than average conditions for the start of winter?

In coming weeks you can expect to hear more in the media about the impacts on the UK’s late autumn and winter weather emanating from La Niña: part of a pattern of climate variability in the tropical Pacific. Seasoned climate … Continue reading

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The solar cycle and space weather 

You may have noticed solar flares, sun spots and coronal mass ejections have been in the news this week, following a space weather event which led to aurora borealis sightings in some northern parts of the UK between the cloudy weather. While the event itself was moderate, it does showcase the move to a new … Continue reading

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The feasibility of calculating an individual’s contribution to extreme weather events

Climate change is making some forms of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall, more frequent and more intense. Communities affected by those events inevitably suffer economic, social and societal impacts. The rising number of extreme weather events … Continue reading

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A look back at the successes of WISER 2

As the second phase of the Weather and Climate Information Services for Africa (WISER) Programme comes to a close, Met Office WISER Programme Manager Kate Ferguson gives an overview of the achievements and learnings from the programme. I first wrote … Continue reading

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Arctic sea ice decline continues, with 2021 the 12th lowest summer minimum extent on record

On 16 September 2021, Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum extent, signifying the end of the summer melting period. According to the National Snow and Ice Data centre (NSIDC), Arctic sea ice extent stood at 4.72 million square kilometres on … Continue reading

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Met Office science: narrowing the range of climate uncertainty

The United Nations has today (Thursday 16 September, 2021) published a synthesis report on the perils of climate change and the need for urgent climate action. The report features hard-hitting forewords from both Antonio Guterres – Secretary-General of the United … Continue reading

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How will Hurricane Larry influence the UK’s weather?  

The hurricane season in the Tropical North Atlantic frequently plays a role in dictating the state of play with the UK’s dominant weather patterns, but with various stories circulating in the media about ex-Hurricane Larry’s influence over the forecast, we thought … Continue reading

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Will Hurricane Ida affect the UK’s weather?

Hurricane Ida has seen winds of up to 150mph and intense rainfall bringing widespread flash flooding to a swathe of America, in what has been the fifth strongest storm to hit the US mainland. Ida formed over the Caribbean Sea … Continue reading

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Notably warm summer so far for UK – but not for everyone

The summer so far has been around 1°C warmer than average for the UK, which would potentially place it within the top ten warmest summers on record, but it’s still too early to make a confident statement about final rankings. This … Continue reading

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Invoking the oak – nature’s veteran recorder helping scientists understand the rate and scale of climate change

Ancient oak trees – individuals more than 400 years old – extend back into the deep and dark recesses of history. During that time, these senior trees will have been surrounded by huge fluctuations in climate; to say nothing of … Continue reading

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