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Another El Niño on the way?

In the waters of the far-eastern equatorial Pacific – close to the South American coast – sea-surface temperatures are beginning to rise, prompting some climate scientists to believe the world could be heading for another El Niño in close succession … Continue reading

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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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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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Winter Outlook for December 2016 to February 2017

Today the Met Office has released its long-range outlook for December 2016 to February 2017, highlighting the risk of a cold start to the winter for the UK. Latest observations from around the globe and long-range weather prediction systems suggest … Continue reading

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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

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Will summer be a washout or a scorcher?

Summer is a time when many look forward to enjoying the great outdoors, but all too often the British weather can, quite literally, dampen our spirits. The Met Office has just released its contingency planners’ outlook covering the period for … 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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December on track to be the mildest on record

Mowing the lawn has been the reality for some so far this December, with unseasonably high temperatures. It looks as though the UK is on track to break the record for the warmest December since records began in 1910 and … 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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