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Tag Archives: global warming
Summer temperature 2018 – the ‘new normal’?
The Met Office Chief Scientist, Professor Stephen Belcher, appeared on BBC Newsnight on Tuesday evening to talk about current extreme temperatures and climate change. The interviewer Emily Maitlis asked if the current hot temperatures we are seeing can be considered the … Continue reading
Posted in Met Office in the Media, Met Office News Tagged 2018 summer, Arctic, climate, climate change, climate science, CMIP5, CRUTEM4, global temperatures, global warming, Grantham Institute, heatwave, Imperial College London, Japan, Japan temperatures, Jet stream, Met Office, Met Office Hadley Centre, Professor Brian Hoskins, Professor Stephen Belcher, record, UK heatwave, Universty of Reading 5 Comments
Weather ready, Climate smart
Weather-Ready, Climate-Smart’ is the theme for World Meteorological Day being marked around the globe today. As the UK’s national meteorological service, we’re at the forefront of weather and climate science, with wide-ranging capabilities and areas of cutting edge expertise used … Continue reading
Posted in Met Office News Tagged climate change, climate science, climate-smart, global warming, Met Office, Met Office Hadley Centre, National Severe Weather Warning Service, weather, weather forecast, weather forecasting, weather-ready, world met day, World Meteorological Day, World Meteorological Organization Comments Off on Weather ready, Climate smart
Discussion of land ecosystem changes in the IPCC 5th Assessment Report
Climate change is a globally complex issue and there are genuine areas of uncertainty and scientific controversy. However with an increase in record temperatures, the melting of Arctic ice and a rise in CO2 there is little doubt our climate … Continue reading
Reporting the weather across the UK
December 2015 was the wettest calendar month for the UK in a series of monthly weather records stretching back to 1910. But why does the Met Office state 1910 when listing records, especially when some records existed well before that … Continue reading
Posted in Met Office News Tagged Central England Temperature, climate change, England, England and Wales precipitaion series, Environment Agency, flood, flooding, forecast, global warming, heavy rain, Met Office, Met Office Hadley Centre, rain, rainfall, record, Scotland, statistics, UK, wet 9 Comments
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
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged climate, climate change, climate science, Cumbria, England, Environment Agency, flood, flooding, forecast, gales, global warming, heavy rain, Honister, Met Office, National Severe Weather Warning Service, rain, rainfall, record, Scotland, severe weather, statistics, storms, temperature, Thirlmere, UK, weather, weather forecast, weather forecasting, wet, wind, Winter 28 Comments
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged climate, climate change, climate science, El Nino, global average temperatures, global temperature, global warming, hadcrut4, Met Office, Met Office Hadley Centre, NASA, NASA GISS, NOAA, record, statistics, temperature, WMO, World Meteorological Organization 38 Comments
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged climate, climate change, climate science, cold, dry, England, global warming, heatwave, heavy rain, Jet stream, Met Office, Met Office Hadley Centre, rain, rainfall, record, severe weather, Storm, storms, summer, temperature, UK, weather, weather forecast, weather forecasting, wet, wind 28 Comments
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
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
Posted in Met Office News Tagged 2014, bams, climate, climate change, global, global warming, Met Office, NOAA, State of the Climate, temperature 140 Comments
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