Tag Archives: Sun

Harnessing the power of the weather forecast

You will be familiar with checking a weather forecast before planning a day out. But have you ever looked at a forecast to find out the greenest time to put your washing machine on? Well, now you can. Using data … Continue reading

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US total solar eclipse – the most photographed event of all time?

Today, the path of a total solar eclipse will move across continental USA, an event predicted to be the most photographed of all time. The eclipse occurs as the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, casting a 70-mile … Continue reading

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Why is forecasting low cloud so difficult?

You may have been enjoying the sun these past few days, and noticed that some website and app forecasts have been somewhat more pessimistic with their predictions of the cloud cover. But why is something as fundamental as cloudy or … Continue reading

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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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Early June 2016 statistics

June, the first month of summer meteorologically speaking, has so far delivered a range of weather with some sunny, warm days but also torrential, thundery downpours leading to localised flooding. Early figures up until 27 June 2016 reflect this mix … 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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Mixed bag for the start of June

It has been a very varied weather picture so far this month. It’s been dry and warm for the south east of the UK, with some places around London having received less than 5 mm of rainfall so far and … Continue reading

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‘Super tides’, the weather and coastal flood risk

UPDATED 27/02/2015 – this blog has been updated under the section ‘So what are ‘super tides” with the help of the National Oceanography Centre. In this joint blog from the Environment Agency and the Met Office, we look at the … Continue reading

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A very sunny winter on the cards

Early figures show that while this winter is on track for fairly average temperatures and rainfall, it could be among the sunniest in our UK record dating back to 1929. If we have average sunshine for the rest of February, … 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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