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Atlantic hurricanes: Irma and Maria

On Tuesday 5th September, Hurricane Irma developed into one of the Atlantic’s most powerful storms. The category 5 hurricane - highest category storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale (a commonly used scale that attempts to measure potential property damage from storm winds) - had wind speeds around 185 mph, matching those of Wilma in 2005 which killed 87 people and cost  billions of dollars in damage.

WMO: 2017 records

2017 expected to be third hottest on record 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its provisional Statement on the State of the Climate. It estimates that 2017 is likely to be one of the warmest years for global average surface temperature, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes, floods, heatwaves and droughts.  The Statement was released on the opening day of the United Nations climate change conference in Bonn.

WeatherLive - The Ultimate day out for Weather Enthusiasts

Where? Central Hall Westminster, London
When? Saturday 4th November 2017

WeatherLive is a new event for the Society and is the ultimate day out for weather enthusiasts. This one-day conference in London will focus on three main sessions; photography, the 1987 storm and gardening in a changing climate. A host of respected speakers will present throughout the day, sharing experiences and knowledge include well-known names such as Michael Fish and Peter Gibbs. 

Typhoon Lan

Typhoon Lan (known as Typhoon Paolo in the Philippines) killed at least two people in Japan, with more than 200,000 households advised to evacuate on 22nd – 23rd October. The Typhoon was classified as a strong category 4 storm at its peak but making landfall as a category 2, it brought heavy rainfall, sustained winds of 100 mph, high waves and flooding to parts of Japan.

Storm Brian

An intense low-pressure system brought stormy conditions to south-west Ireland and parts of England and Wales on 21st October.

Storm Brian – the second named storm of the season – crossed the Irish Sea bringing winds of up to 78 mph and flooding to parts of Ireland. Many flights and ferry crossings were cancelled due to the high winds and rough seas

This extreme weather system came just six days after Storm Ophelia swept across Ireland, resulting in three deaths.

Iberian wildfires

In mid-October, dozens were left dead and injured as hundreds of wildfires swept central and north Portugal, as well as the north-western Galicia region of Spain.

At least 40 people were killed and 50 injured as the hot (>30°C), dry weather took its toll on the landscape. Conditions were worsened by Hurricane Ophelia as its strong winds fanned and spread the flames.

Ophelia and the red sky

Ex-Hurricane Ophelia brought wet weather and gusts exceeding 90 mph to the UK and Ireland on 16th October, the 30th anniversary of the Great Storm of 1987. 

The stormy remnants of Ophelia brought windy conditions to many parts, especially northern and western regions, causing widespread damage to infrastructure, uprooting trees, ripping off roofs and causing power outages to 330,000 homes and businesses. Three people were killed in incidents related to the storm, with two being struck by falling trees. It has been declared Ireland’s worst storm on record. 

The day the sun turned red

On the 16th October people across the UK turned their heads to the sky as it looked like an Instagram filter had been applied in real life. Following the passage of ex-hurricane Ophelia, the colour of the sun and the sky turned eerie shades of oranges and reds. Southerly winds not only bought warm, tropical air to part of southern UK, it also bought dust from the Sahara and smoke from forest fires in Spain and Portugal to the UK.