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Climate Data Challenge – working in partnership for innovation

As Governments, organisations and individuals around the world seek to tackle the challenges of climate change, creativity and innovation are key to finding ways to improve our resilience to weather and climate. Our scientists work at the forefront of global … Continue reading

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Atmospheric carbon dioxide passing ‘gloomy’ milestone

This year the climate is passing a gloomy threshold. The concentration of carbon-dioxide in the atmosphere is reaching 417 parts per million: an increase of 50 per cent since humans embarked on the industrial revolution and began to emit greenhouse … Continue reading

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Record low temperature for the UK this millennium

Overnight the recorded minimum temperature at the weather station at Braemar dropped to -23.0°C, one of three stations in the UK to dip below minus 20.0°C. With the media reporting on the ‘extreme’ conditions, we have analysed our records since … Continue reading

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Climate projections show extreme UK’s weather will become even more extreme

“The UK’s set of climate projections are the best window we have on how climate change is likely to affect us out to the end of the century,” said Professor Jason Lowe OBE*, the lead for UKCP – the UK’s … Continue reading

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How will La Nina affect our winter weather?

La Niña is now present in the tropical Pacific and forecasters are suggesting these conditions will continue throughout the winter months.   La Niña is one of the three phases of the phenomenon known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, El Niño – the warm phase, La Niña – the cool phase and lastly the neutral phase. During La Niña … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The perfect fuel for wildfires? 

As wildfires continue to rage in North and South America, Met Office Chief Scientist Professor Stephen Belcher examines what has led to the potentially record-breaking scale of fires and what science is needed to contain the risks.  Last year wildfires ravaged Australia. This year has seen reports of extensive fires in the Amazon, in California, and earlier this … Continue reading

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Three decades of Met Office Hadley Centre science, and counting..

This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 25 May, 1990. Professor Albert Klein Tank, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, … Continue reading

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Coronavirus will impact the atmospheric CO2 record – but not enough to slow global heating

The drop in global carbon-dioxide emissions following the coronavirus pandemic could be large enough to noticeably slow the build-up of CO2 in the atmosphere this year, a team of scientists at the Met Office and Scripps Institution for Oceanography have … Continue reading

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Climate change to bring heavier rainfall events

The rise of global temperature is the most easily understood metric of climate change. Its outwardly simple concept has instant appeal as it captures the key element of climate change – the warmer the planet becomes, the more the climate … Continue reading

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Record-breaking rainfall

Those interested in the UK’s climate records have only had to wait two months of the new decade for a significant new rainfall record to be set. February 2020 set a new UK record for February rainfall in a series … Continue reading

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