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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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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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Will you see the aurora borealis in the UK?

There is a chance you could see the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) tonight in the UK, particularly in the northern half of the country. However, there will be  widespread fog tonight (Monday 2 November), which could be dense in places and … Continue reading

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Space Weather Centre one year old

The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre (MOSWOC) has been operating for one year this month. Space Weather  can impact all our lives, in particular the technology which we rely on and it is the study of the Earth’s upper atmosphere … Continue reading

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The chances of seeing the aurora borealis in the UK increases

Over the next few weeks the likelihood of seeing the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) here on Earth is on the increase as two space weather phenomena coincide. What are these phenomena? Firstly, the Sun goes through an 11 year solar cycle, … Continue reading

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Large solar storm brings spectacular views of the aurora

Updated 24 June 2015 The Space Weather team at the Met Office has been keeping a close eye on solar activity over recent days. A large solar storm resulted in the northern lights being seen as far south as Dorset and … Continue reading

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Partial eclipse of the sun

Friday morning will see a partial eclipse of the sun over the UK. So what does the weather have in store? Friday Weather There is expected to be a lot of cloud around for Friday morning. There may be some … Continue reading

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Northern Lights continue for the UK

There could be another chance to see the Northern Lights tonight (18 March) in the UK, but we are not expecting sightings to be as widespread as last night. The lights are the result of the biggest solar storm in 11 years. … Continue reading

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Northern Lights reach the UK

Anyone in the Midlands, and further north, might have a chance of catching sight of the northern lights tonight. Occasionally there are large explosions on the Sun and huge amounts of magnetically charged particles are thrown out into space, this … Continue reading

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Giant sun spot moves back into view

The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is closely monitoring what was the biggest sun spot in the current 11-year solar cycle as it rotates back onto the face of the Sun. When it last faced the Earth it was … Continue reading

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