Category Archives: Met Office News

September statistics

Despite seeing the first two named storms of the 2018/19 season, named by the Met Office and Met Éireann, and the remnants of an ex-tropical storm, Storm Helene, September in general was a fairly average month. Area Max act   … Continue reading

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An active September for Tropical Cyclones

September is usually the most active month of the year for tropical cyclones worldwide, but in 2018 there were 21 named tropical cyclones active at some point during the month – just one short of the record of 22 set … Continue reading

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‘Medicane’ bringing ‘rough seas’ to Mediterranean

A strong storm developing in the Mediterranean Sea, frequently referred to as a ‘medicane’, has been making the news in the last couple of days, but what exactly is a ‘medicane’? How is it defined? There is actually no official … Continue reading

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A weak El Niño is likely

Consensus is growing among scientists from a range of climate centres across the world that a weak El Niño is likely to occur during the coming northern hemisphere winter. Professor Adam Scaife is the head of long-term to decadal climate … Continue reading

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Meeting the Met Office’s Thai Cave rescue hero

The rescue of the 12 Thai boys and their football coach from the flooded cave complex they had been trapped in for days captured the world’s imagination last month. The heroic rescue team was assembled from the handful of people … Continue reading

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Summer temperature 2018 – the ‘new normal’?

The Met Office Chief Scientist, Professor Stephen Belcher, appeared on BBC Newsnight on Tuesday evening to talk about current extreme temperatures and climate change. The interviewer Emily Maitlis asked if the current hot temperatures we are seeing can be considered the … Continue reading

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Medal for Met mathematician

A leading Met Office climate scientist has been awarded the Copernicus Medal, a prestigious international award for pioneering research. Professor Adam Scaife, Head of Monthly to Decadal Prediction at the Met Office – who is also Professor of applied mathematics … Continue reading

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The summer so far

As we are all aware this summer has been hot and dry so far and there has been much speculation comparing the season so far to record-breaking summers of the past. But has it been as hot and dry as … Continue reading

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Leaving no stone unturned in hurricane preparedness

With hurricanes developing in the Atlantic Basin, Gavin Iley, Met Office Head of International Crisis Management & Resilience, provides a personal account of how the Met Office works tirelessly to ensure its hurricane advice is ‘useful, useable and used’. Earlier … Continue reading

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An update on a record breaking June

On Monday 2nd July we released our provisional climate statistics for June: an exceptional month resulting in a number of new climate records, including the warmest June on record for Wales and Northern Ireland. A provisional national high temperature record … Continue reading

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