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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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Can space tech help measure the weather?

This summer the Met Office was able to take advantage of a nanosatellite being used as a technology demonstrator by the European Space Agency (ESA) to gather weather information. The satellite, GomX-3, was built by the Danish CubeSat developer GomSpace. … Continue reading

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GOES-R – taking weather observation to new heights

Four decades after the launch of NOAA’s first weather-observing satellite, meteorologists are excited about the capabilities of the next-generation model – GOES-R – which is due for launch tomorrow. Dr Simon Keogh leads the Met Office’s Satellite Data Products and … Continue reading

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A man-made constellation in the night sky

Thanks to a ring of satellites operated by Europe, USA, Japan, China, India, Russia and South Korea we now have large-scale coverage of the Earth and an insight into how our complex weather patterns are changing hour-by-hour, day-by-day and year-by-year, … Continue reading

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Powerful super-typhoon heads for Philippines

There is currently a super typhoon in the western North Pacific called Maysak. This is a particularly strong storm for the time of year with winds in excess of 160 mph. The strongest storms in this region usually occur between … Continue reading

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Severe weather to affect western France

A spell of severe weather is expected to affect parts of France overnight and through Wednesday morning as an area of low pressure makes its way in from the Bay of Biscay. The  area of low pressure highlighted in the … Continue reading

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Today’s weather from above

Today’s satellite images show the small areas of the UK which have snow lying, as well as a number of interesting cloud formations. The snow shows up very clearly over the Pennines and Scottish Borders, over the Isle of Wight, … Continue reading

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How do you like your weather summary?

For the last few months, we have created weather summary videos using satellite imagery and pressure charts, along with our climate summary, to explain the weather we’ve seen in the UK over the past month. We’ve experimented with two different formats … Continue reading

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Latest weather satellite goes into orbit

The latest weather satellite in Europe’s highly successful Meteosat second-generation series has just gone into orbit after lifting off on an Ariane space rocket yesterday evening. It is now being moved into its precise position before it can provide continuous observations of … Continue reading

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