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Impacts of extreme space weather on the UK

by Mark Gibbs, Met Office Head of Space Weather A recently published paper assessing the impact of an extreme space weather event on the US power grid suggests the total cost of an electricity blackout, both direct and indirect, could … Continue reading

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2nd International Space Apps Challenge at Exeter

Over the weekend, the Met Office hosted the NASA led International Space Apps Challenge. Months of planning and challenge selection culminated in a global event with over 480 organisations and more than 9,000 people taking part in 83 cities.The Met … Continue reading

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Where’s the hottest place on Earth?

For 90 years the location of the hottest recorded temperature on Earth has been firmly fixed as El Azizia in Libya – which recorded a scorching 58 °C (136.4 °F) on this very day in 1922. It has always been a … Continue reading

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The Met Office and space weather

The Met Office is commonly associated with producing forecasts for Earth. However, since February 2011, we have been working in partnership with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the British Geological Survey (BGS) to develop a UK-based … Continue reading

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Space Weather brings potential geomagnetic storm to Earth

There has been an increase in activity on the Sun over recent days with a number of Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) taking place. A high energy X Ray flare was released from the Sun early this morning, and this has sent … Continue reading

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