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Met Office: Scotland highlights weather contrasts during the first half of April

So far April’s weather is highlighting a month of contrasts, and perhaps nowhere is this contrast more apparent than in Scotland. Between 1-15 April, parts of Scotland have seen both the most and least rainfall of any station in the …

2018-04-17 11:53   Click to comment

Met Office: 100 years of women in public service – past, present and future

Earlier this year a Suffrage Flag began travelling around the UK to government departments and agencies to increase national awareness and mark the 100 years since women got the right to vote. We were delighted to host the flag at …

2018-04-04 15:20   Click to comment

Met Office: 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 …

2018-03-23 12:01   Click to comment

Met Office: 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 …

2018-03-23 10:09   Click to comment

Met Office: La Niña cools 2018 CO₂ forecast, but it will remain close to a record year

The Met Office has released its annual forecast of the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration for the coming year. Carbon dioxide will continue to rise as a direct consequence of emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation. But, in …

2018-03-22 10:58   Click to comment

Met Office: Will cold conditions return?

With two cold events already this month bringing freezing conditions and snow to the UK, some are beginning to question whether there may be further cold weather this Easter. Met Office long-range forecasting expert Jeff Knight said: “It is too …

2018-03-21 14:24   Click to comment

Met Office: 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 …

2018-03-08 10:13   Click to comment

Met Office: 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 …

2018-03-07 15:50   Click to comment

Met Office: Winter and February statistics for 2018

Looking at the statistics you may be forgiven for thinking that the winter of 2017/18 was rather uneventful, as both temperatures and rainfall totals are quite close to average in most places. In fact the statistic of interest when taking …

2018-03-05 15:35   Click to comment

Met Office: Mid-month February statistics on the 40th anniversary of blizzards

It has been a cold and wet first half of February for many of us however there have been a few isolated milder days and plenty of sunshine between the bands of rain. It’s been rather unsettled, with most of …

2018-02-16 14:09   Click to comment

Met Office: BBC and Met Office: an enduring partnership

Today the BBC has stopped taking most of its weather information from the Met Office, here Phil Evans, our Chief Operating Officer gives his perspective You will know us as the UK’s National Weather Service and also as the people …

2018-02-06 13:02   Click to comment

Met Office: Should the Met Office have named last night’s storm?

  It’s been a complex meteorological picture over the last few days with a number of weather warnings in force across the UK. A low pressure system crossed the UK last night (Wednesday into Thursday) bringing strong winds to many …

2018-01-18 17:00   Click to comment

Met Office: Review of the year – 2017 UK weather

2017 saw named storms and heatwaves affect the UK, but perhaps the most memorable day was October 16 when the 30th anniversary of the 1987 Great Storm was marked by an ex-hurricane generating headlines as the sky and the sun …

2018-01-03 11:32   Click to comment

Met Office: 90 years ago parts of England were getting buried in snow

You might be disappointed that you haven’t had a White Christmas, but in 1927 parts of England saw some very disruptive weather with rain turning to snow later in the day, resulting in huge accumulations and causing disruption. In the …

2017-12-25 12:00   Click to comment

Met Office: What does the temperature of the Atlantic tell us about summer rainfall?

This week, researchers from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) at the University of Reading published a paper suggesting that summer seasonal weather forecasting in the UK could become more accurate thanks to new research.  This result is the …

2017-12-22 09:25   Click to comment

Met Office: Where wildlife teems in the bleak midwinter

When the English poet Christina Rossetti penned her classic ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’, she may have had a certain image in mind. To some this impression may ring true, but those who study nature will recognise a different reality. Our …

2017-12-01 10:17   Click to comment

Met Office: New eye in the sky to help UK weather forecasts

A new weather satellite is circling the earth. The JPSS-1 satellite, launched this weekend (18 November 2017) will provide a huge array of observational, near real-time, data which will be shared with US national and international partners including the Met …

2017-11-20 15:52   Click to comment

Met Office: Met Office in the News – BBC weather service update

You may have seen reports in the media that the Met Office has signed a new contract with the BBC to supply their weather services until March 2018. It’s been pleasing to see the public support and response to this, …

2017-11-06 16:05   Click to comment

Met Office: Did You Know? We’re testing new weather balloons: from Cornwall to Antarctica!

The Met Office launches over 4300 balloons every year from 6 locations across the UK and is involved in launching thousands more around the globe.  These are not party balloons; they are weather balloons that take a small weather observation …

2017-10-27 14:54   Click to comment

Met Office: UNISDR International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017

The idea behind UNISDR International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017 (IDDR 2017)  (13 Oct 2017) is to raise global awareness of the work that goes on worldwide to reduce the risk of disaster faced by millions, highlighting the effective actions, …

2017-10-13 13:12   Click to comment

Met Office: Protection, prosperity, wellbeing: a focus on disaster risk reduction

Recent crises and disasters across the globe, including Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, floods and landslides in Sierra Leone, severe flooding in the United States and earthquakes in Mexico serve to highlight the very real and immediate need for disaster …

2017-10-09 14:51   Click to comment

Met Office: Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre – third anniversary

Mark Gibbs – Head of space weather It was nearly seven years ago, when my boss said “Mark we’ve got a little project for you called space weather “. Little did I know at that time what an adventure it …

2017-10-09 10:14   Click to comment

Met Office: Is La Niña on the way?

During 2015 and 2016, the planet experienced one of the largest El Niño events in a century.  El Niño (Spanish for the boy) is actually the warm phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and climate scientists are now suggesting that …

2017-10-05 14:38   Click to comment

Met Office: Atlantic depressions bring above-average rain for some

During the first half of the month, a succession of low-pressure systems tracking close to the UK brought rain to most places as fronts swept from west to east. After a cool, showery interlude around mid-month, a more autumnal pattern …

2017-09-29 15:43   Click to comment

Met Office: 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 …

2017-09-26 16:01   Click to comment

Met Office: Climate models: an essential tool for guiding policy

Climate models have come under scrutiny. Stephen Belcher, the Met Office’s Chief Scientist, explains the nuances of the science and why it is imperative now to reduce atmospheric carbon. Are climate models accurately predicting global warming? This question has been …

2017-09-25 12:27   Click to comment

Met Office: How are temperature records measured?

At the Met Office we maintain the UK’s climate records and these are used to monitor our climate at a national and regional level. To ensure consistency, weather records are only used from weather observation sites with calibrated, standard instruments …

2017-08-31 09:52   Click to comment

Met Office: 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 …

2017-08-21 16:00   Click to comment

Met Office: Jet stream brings cool and changeable start to August

After an unsettled and cool end to July, August has continued in a similar vein. Many places have been showery and cool so far, with a southward-shifted jet stream to blame. This has directed areas of low pressure, which normally …

2017-08-16 15:29   Click to comment

Met Office: Torrential monsoon rains wreaking havoc across parts of southern Asia

Torrential monsoon rains over the last seven days have reached life-threatening levels for communities south of the Himalayas from Nepal to Bhutan and northern India to Bangladesh. Severe floods and landslides have wrought havoc. Already across the affected region communities …

2017-08-14 16:20   Click to comment


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