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How the moods of the changeable Pacific influences global temperatures

The warm and cool phases of the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the tropical Pacific are part of the largest climatic phenomenon on earth with the greatest impact on our weather. Since mid-May 2015 until May 2016, ENSO was … Continue reading

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Met Office scientist wins international award for ‘landmark’ climate science

Met Office scientist Rosie Eade has received international recognition and an award for her landmark research on the predictability of Atlantic climate seasons for years ahead. Much of the weather in the North Atlantic is dominated by the strength of … Continue reading

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If the world has another record warm year, will everywhere be warmer?

Across the world 2015 was the hottest year on record. When compared with the long-term average between 1850 and 1900, the temperature was around 1C warmer. This increase is mostly the result of long-term warming linked to greenhouse gases, but … Continue reading

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Celebrating the benefits of global working on World Meteorological Day

Today is World Meteorological Day. Organised by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the theme of this year’s day is: hotter; drier; wetter; face the future. These themes help to illustrate changes already observed in the world’s climate, and they also … Continue reading

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Sentinel-3: A new window on the changing state of our oceans

Climate change is much discussed, says Dr Simon Keogh of the Met Office, and to inform the conversation the Met Office uses historical scientific data including sea-surface temperature records, based on data from the Along Track Scanning Radiometer (ATSR) series … Continue reading

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Reporting the weather across the UK

December 2015 was the wettest calendar month for the UK in a series of monthly weather records stretching back to 1910. But why does the Met Office state 1910 when listing records, especially when some records existed well before that … Continue reading

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What’s been happening to our weather?

December 2015 will go down in meteorological history as one of the wettest – and warmest – on record. It will also be remembered for the devastating floods in Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland. The extensive flooding of homes and … Continue reading

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Record breaking December rainfall

This is has already been a record breaking month for rainfall in some parts of the UK, with exceptional amounts of rain falling onto already saturated ground. The very wet Boxing Day in parts of north Wales and northwest England … Continue reading

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The science questions following a global deal on climate

There has been a huge amount of worldwide media coverage following the weekend’s announcement of a globally agreed deal to try to limit global warming to 2 °C or less. Here Professor Stephen Belcher, the Director of the Met Office’s … Continue reading

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Climate change and weather caught in a media storm

December so far has been characterised by intense media discussions about climate change and its relationship to weather. Early in the month, the Met Office welcomed the BBC Trust report, which recognised there was a serious breach of their editorial … Continue reading

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