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How will La Nina affect our winter weather?

La Niña is now present in the tropical Pacific and forecasters are suggesting these conditions will continue throughout the winter months.   La Niña is one of the three phases of the phenomenon known as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, El Niño – the warm phase, La Niña – the cool phase and lastly the neutral phase. During La Niña … Continue reading

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Weather Statistics for September

Looking back at September as a whole it turned out to be a fairly average month, although there were a few notable events. For the first time in 4 years we saw temperatures reach 30 degrees and a few long … Continue reading

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Storm Alex, so why not Storm Aiden?

Many media outlets have been reporting that ‘Storm Aiden’ will batter Britain with strong winds and heavy rain this weekend.  Over the last few days, weather forecasting computers – known as Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models – have been predicting … Continue reading

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Three decades of Met Office Hadley Centre science, and counting..

This week marks the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 25 May, 1990. Professor Albert Klein Tank, director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, … Continue reading

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Climate change to bring heavier rainfall events

The rise of global temperature is the most easily understood metric of climate change. Its outwardly simple concept has instant appeal as it captures the key element of climate change – the warmer the planet becomes, the more the climate … Continue reading

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‘Medicane’ bringing ‘rough seas’ to Mediterranean

A strong storm developing in the Mediterranean Sea, frequently referred to as a ‘medicane’, has been making the news in the last couple of days, but what exactly is a ‘medicane’? How is it defined? There is actually no official … Continue reading

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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

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Watch this space!

Space weather is just the environmental conditions in space that can have an effect on Earth. The most recognisable and visible of these is arguably the auroras (Northern and Southern Lights). However, as well as these spectacular natural phenomena, space … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

Stephen Belcher, Met Office Chief Scientist We are joining organisations from around the world in marking International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women and to support a call to action to accelerate gender parity. As the … Continue reading

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A review of our long-range outlook for the recent cold snap

Various media reports have been commenting on our longer-range warnings in the run-up to the recent cold snap. This period of severe weather was very well predicted and the first signs appeared around one month before the start, when we … Continue reading

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