Tag Archives: El Nino

What are the prospects for the weather in the coming winter?

Anyone who has read the newspapers lately can’t have failed to notice this winter’s weather is in the headlines. Justification for claims of a ‘big freeze’ has come from sources as diverse as the plucky Bewick Swan settling into the … Continue reading

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Record breaking Hurricane Patricia expected to make landfall over Mexico

Hurricane Patricia has developed in the eastern Pacific and after a period of rapid intensification has become the most intense hurricane in the eastern Pacific in recorded history. US Air Force aircraft have been flying reconnaissance missions in and around … Continue reading

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Typhoon Dujuan strikes Taiwan

Typhoon Dujuan has today (Monday 28 September) made landfall over Taiwan on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean with sustained winds well in excess of 100 mph. Dujuan is expected to drop large amounts of rainfall – 500mm is … 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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Active Pacific tropical cyclone season continues

Early September marks the half way point in the northern hemisphere tropical cyclone season and is often the time when we see the highest levels of activity – so how is this season shaping up? As reported in a news … Continue reading

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Record levels of Pacific tropical cyclone activity continue

The Pacific Ocean has seen an extremely high number of tropical cyclones during the early part of this season, with several more tropical storms developing over the weekend. Across the whole Pacific Ocean nine tropical cyclones have formed in the … Continue reading

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Predictions of a below average Atlantic hurricane season

The Met Office Atlantic tropical storm forecast for 2015 is for eight tropical storms between June and November, with a 70% chance (the ‘70% range’) that the number will be in the range six to ten. This is below-normal relative … Continue reading

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El Niño and its impact on global weather

Forecast centres around the world have now declared that an El Niño, the most powerful fluctuation in our climate system, has begun in the tropical Pacific. For more than a year, scientists have been talking of an increased risk of … Continue reading

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Met Office on Newsnight

On BBC Two tonight, Newsnight Science Editor Susan Watts will be examining claims by senior climate scientists that global warming is a “major contributing factor” (Dr Ghassem Asrar, director of the World Climate Research Program). As part of this Susan will be asking Met Office … Continue reading

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Met Office in the Media: 22 July 2010

The heavy showers affecting much of the country are continuing to generate media interest across the UK. The Scotsman reported that July’s average rain falls in a day in parts of Perth and this was not the only location to … Continue reading

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