Category Archives: Met Office News

The challenge of taking the temperature of the world’s oceans

Sea-surface temperature measurements are an essential component in the production of the average global temperature figures. Without data from the oceans we wouldn’t see 70 per cent of the world’s surface and we would get an unrepresentative picture of global … Continue reading

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Met Office helps Save the Children in their fight to save lives

This autumn Save the Children rescued over 2600 refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean as they fled persecution, war and hunger looking for a better life. As with any maritime operation the impact of the weather is a significant component … Continue reading

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Cold weather in Europe and the US

Our meteorologists will be keeping a close eye on the weather in eastern Europe and the USA this week. With high pressure dictating the weather over western Europe, cold air and associated weather systems are being funnelled southwards across eastern … Continue reading

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Has the weather played a role in bringing unusual birds to Britain during 2016?

With our position on the edge of northwest Europe, the UK receives air masses from all points of the compass during the year adding to the natural variability of our weather. This fact is known by meteorologists and birdwatchers because … Continue reading

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A voyage to Antarctica to find yourself

Met Office meteorologist Alison Davies has been one of four UK women experiencing the journey of a lifetime to Antarctica this month, with the Homeward Bound international expedition. On her way home for Christmas, Alison took time on board her … Continue reading

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Met Office top rated app of 2016 helps you plan for Christmas

Since it was launched six months ago, the Met Office app has been awarded 4* rating in the app stores, and it has now been listed in Google Play as one of the Top Apps of 2016. Using Met Office … Continue reading

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From debate to action: early warnings for protection and resilience in Africa

Gavin Iley, our Head of International Crisis Management and Resilience describes recent developments in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Africa. It is just over a year since Storm Desmond caused severe flooding in parts of the UK, and eight months … Continue reading

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Discovering women’s leadership potential in Antarctica

Alison Davies, a Met Office meteorologist, is one of 76 women scientists from across the world chosen for a challenging expedition to Antarctica. Working at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire, Alison is one of only four women from the UK … Continue reading

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Storm Desmond – one year on

Storm Desmond was the fourth named storm of the 2015/16 winter season.  It brought severe gales with gusts of wind up to 81 mph together with record-breaking rainfall leading to flooding across parts of northern England. It was associated with … Continue reading

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Met Office wins social media award

The Met Office Name Our Storms campaign has won an award for the Best Public Sector Social Media Campaign The Social Buzz Awards bring together individuals and companies at the forefront of social media offering an opportunity to highlight some … Continue reading

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