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Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent for 2014

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its minimum for 2014, according to preliminary figures from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in the US. The extent dropped to 5.02 million square kilometres (1.94 million square miles) on … Continue reading

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Arctic sea ice reaches minimum extent for 2013

Arctic sea ice has been in the media quite a bit this month and we looked at the issue in a blog a couple of weeks ago. Late last week there was an update to the continuing story, as the … Continue reading

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Is Arctic sea ice shrinking or expanding?

The decline of Arctic sea ice is often pointed to as one of the most visible indicators of a warming world but earlier this week the Mail on Sunday published an article claiming the ice is in recovery. This was … Continue reading

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Discussing the UK’s recent ‘unusual seasons’

There have been some media stories this morning about a meeting due to be held next week at the Met Office to discuss the recent run of unusual seasons here in the UK. This will draw together some experts from … Continue reading

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What’s in store this winter? Responding to the headlines

It seems that it is the time of year for colourful headlines about an impending big freeze. We had them at this time last year, which prompted our Chief Executive to write an opinion piece in The Times. Now we … Continue reading

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Turning colder this weekend

There have been many references in the media to the UK having an Indian summer this week, with temperatures expected to reach 20 °C. However, as forecast by the Met Office many of us woke up today to rather grey, … Continue reading

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Record low for Arctic sea ice extent

This week the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) announced that Arctic sea ice extent has reached a new record low since satellite data records began in 1979. According to the NSIDC, observations show there were 4.1 million square kilometres … Continue reading

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Met Office scientists to feature in BBC Horizon programme ‘Global Weirding’

BBC Horizon will broadcast ‘Global Weirding’ on BBC Two tonight at 9pm, exploring the science behind why the world’s weather seems to be getting more extreme and if these patterns are a taste of what is to come. Horizon say: “Something … Continue reading

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Arctic Conditions return to bring snow disruption and tumbling temperatures

Arctic Conditions return to bring snow disruption and tumbling temperatures Following the return of arctic conditions across the UK through yesterday, overnight temperatures tumbled across the UK as significant snowfall brought disruption to parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. … Continue reading

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