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Spring 2020: the sunniest on record in the UK

The UK has recorded the sunniest spring since records began in 1929. Since that time there have been only nine UK springs recording more than 500 hours of sunshine, with the previous sunniest being 555.3 hours in 1948. However, up … Continue reading

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Part II: Three decades of Met Office Hadley Centre science, and counting…

In Part I of this two-part blog series (published yesterday) Professor Albert Klein Tank described the history and highlights of the Met Office Hadley Centre over the past 30 years. Here the Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre focuses … Continue reading

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Three decades of Met Office Hadley Centre science, and counting..

This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 25 May, 1990. Professor Albert Klein Tank, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, … Continue reading

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Celebrating nature in a time of crisis

As the world celebrates, today, the International Day for Biological Diversity, we turn our attention to the efforts to create a natural haven for wildlife and people at our Exeter headquarters. Grahame Madge is the chair of the Met Office … Continue reading

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Exceptional research and innovation continue to drive improvements in our science

Now more than ever, it is clear that we are living in uncertain times, and we have all felt unsure of what the future will bring. At this time of great need, science has given us a beacon of hope, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus will impact the atmospheric CO2 record – but not enough to slow global heating

The drop in global carbon-dioxide emissions following the coronavirus pandemic could be large enough to noticeably slow the build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere this year, a team of scientists at the Met Office and Scripps Institution for Oceanography have … Continue reading

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Met Office Academic Partnership welcomes new Universities

The Met Office is joining forces with two more leading UK universities to tackle the key research challenges related to weather prediction and a changing climate.   The Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) is a cluster of research excellence that brings … Continue reading

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New study highlights increasing vulnerability of Arctic sea ice

The Arctic is one of the regions of the world warming most rapidly because of climate change; the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice cover has been one of the most visible indicators of climate change in recent years. Satellite … Continue reading

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Dry and sunny April so far

It has been a dry and sunny picture for the first half of April. Provisional mid-month statistics (1-15th April) show areas such as the City of London, Kent, Surrey, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight having recorded around half … Continue reading

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Exeter builds on its world-class status as centre for climate research

In Devon the concentration of environmental scientists is four times higher than the national UK average and Exeter is widely recognised as a global centre for climate science research with teams of scientists at both the Met Office and the … Continue reading

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