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March 2017: rather warm and dry for some

Provisional climate statistics up to the 29 March reveal that March 2017 has been a relatively warm month and has been rather dry in South-East England. Despite a colder interlude in the third week of the month – which brought … Continue reading

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Rainforests: exploring the global weather maker

The belt of rainforests around the tropics may seem distant from most people’s day-to-day lives in the UK but these rich areas provide many essential services – such as providing key foodstuffs and helping to regulate the climate – that … Continue reading

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Life and death and community: farming and the 1947 winter

At times the weather can be challenging for everyone, but farmers are always on the front line. That was certainly the case 70 years ago in 1947 with the coldest February on record going back to 1910. In a guest … Continue reading

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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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Looking hard at the accumulated evidence of climate change

HRH, the Prince of Wales, who has co-written the forthcoming Ladybird Expert Series Climate Change book – wrote a guest editorial in the Mail on Sunday in which he suggested a ‘focus on looking hard at the accumulated evidence’ of … 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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Exeter atmospheric scientist wins prestigious award

Adam Scaife, one of our leading scientists and honorary visiting professor at University of Exeter, has been awarded the American Geophysical Union’s ASCENT award for research and leadership in atmospheric science.  The award recognises Adam who heads the Met Office’s … Continue reading

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Immersion in science – off the grid in the Amazon

Last month I spent a week in the Amazon surrounded by gigantic lush green trees and the constant, noisy accompaniment of jungle creatures, writes Chantelle Burton – a Climate Scientist at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre. I was lucky enough … Continue reading

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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

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Hurricane and tropical storm update

Hurricane Matthew Hurricane Matthew made landfall over the south-west of Haiti yesterday as a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale with sustained winds near 145 mph. It was the strongest hurricane to make landfall over Haiti since … Continue reading

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