Tag Archives: climate

Did climate change have an impact on Storm Desmond?

The exceptional rainfall in Cumbria over the past few days saw the fall of numerous records and has led many to ask whether it is linked to climate change. The records are based on digitised data going back to the … Continue reading

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2015 likely to be the warmest on record

This year’s global average surface temperature is likely to be the warmest on record according to data from the Met Office, and is expected to continue the trend showing 15 of the top 16 warmest years have happened since 2001. … Continue reading

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How much does the weather influence what we put in our grocery basket?

What do you think determines what we buy when we go food shopping? Whilst the odd item may catch our eye and lead to one of those ‘impulse purchases’, British consumers can in some ways be rather predictable when it … Continue reading

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What do we know about the coming winter?

There has been some speculation in the media today that we may be in for a long, bitterly cold winter because an El Niño is under way in the tropical Pacific.  However it is still far too early to speculate … Continue reading

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So what happened to our summer?

Our Chief Scientist Professor Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS reflects on this summer’s weather and what has influenced it: No-one can deny that we have had a pretty disappointing summer with a lot of unsettled weather and only a few … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media – 7 August 2015

An article published today makes a number of claims about Met Office weather and climate science. It would be difficult to cover all the points raised in this blog, but here we look at the science and facts behind a … Continue reading

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Record hot to record cold in a July of extremes

While this year’s July may not have broken any monthly records – it was book-ended with some localised daily records at both extremes of the temperature spectrum. The month started with the highest recorded July temperature in our UK climate … Continue reading

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Early July sees big rainfall contrasts

After a hot and humid start to the month, when record daily maximum temperatures were recorded at several stations across the country on 1 July, it has been a fairly average month so far for the UK as a whole. … Continue reading

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Annual State of the Climate Report for 2014 published

A report which looks at all the climate variables that can be measured for 2014 has been released today. The annual ‘State of the Climate’ report has been published by the American Meteorological Society, presenting summaries for all so-called Essential … Continue reading

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First half of April has been dry and warm

Early statistics up to the 15th of April show that month so far has been generally settled and warm, with limited rainfall in most areas. The mean temperature for the UK was 8.2C, which is 0.8C above the long-term (1981-2010) … Continue reading

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