theWeather Club Newsletter Issue 20 Winter 2017

Dear theWeather Club e-newsletter readers,

Autumn brought us ex-hurricane Ophelia and an eerie red sky, whilst hurricanes and typhoons wreaked havoc overseas.  In this issue we look at weather and retail, discuss frost protection in your garden, investigate different types of lightning and travel to Lapland. David Warrilow discusses climate change whilst Sylvia Knight describes her role as the Royal Meteorological Society’s Head of Education. But to begin with, we look at some 2017 records which were released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) this autumn.


Swathes of the country were blanketed in snow on 10th and 11th December 2017, particularly Wales and large parts of England, as the Met Office issued yellow and amber warnings to many parts. The heavy snow led to power cuts, disrupted air, rail and road travel and resulted in hundreds of schools in England and Wales staying closed on the 11th.