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Tag Archives: Arctic
Poles apart: latest Met Office sea ice report published
The latest stocktake of sea ice in the Arctic and the Antarctic has just been published by the Met Office. It might be tempting to consider the many apparent similarities between the polar regions, but there are also key differences … Continue reading
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Antarctic, Arctic, British Antarctic Survey, climate change, Met Office, sea ice Comments Off on Poles apart: latest Met Office sea ice report published
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
Posted in Met Office in the Media, Met Office News Tagged 2018 summer, Arctic, climate, climate change, climate science, CMIP5, CRUTEM4, global temperatures, global warming, Grantham Institute, heatwave, Imperial College London, Japan, Japan temperatures, Jet stream, Met Office, Met Office Hadley Centre, Professor Brian Hoskins, Professor Stephen Belcher, record, UK heatwave, Universty of Reading 5 Comments
An expert’s view on unusually warm Arctic temperatures
This year has seen some exceptionally low extents of Arctic sea ice as well as periods of much higher than usual temperatures in the region. Ed Blockley manages the Met Office Polar Climate group, whose responsibilities include monitoring the increases and … Continue reading
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Arctic, climate, climate change, ipcc, sea ice 9 Comments
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Arctic, Met Office, minimum, NSIDC, sea ice, UK, weather 18 Comments
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
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Arctic, BBC, cryosat, decline, extent, Mail on Sunday, Met Office, recovery, sea ice, volume 97 Comments
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Arctic, meeting, Met Office, seasons, UK, unusual, weather, weird weather, workshop 6 Comments
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
Posted in Met Office in the Media, Met Office News Tagged Arctic, blizzards, cold, Daily Express, december, freezing, frost, Met Office, snow, temperature, UK, weather, Winter 43 Comments
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Arctic, cold, frost, indian, indian summer, Met Office, snow, summer, temperature, wintry Comments Off on Turning colder this weekend
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
Posted in Met Office in the Media, Met Office News Tagged Arctic, Arctic sea ice, NSIDC Comments Off on Record low for Arctic sea ice extent
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