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Summer is on its way

High pressure will build through the middle of this week meaning there will be lots of fine and dry weather about, though initially cloud will feed in from the west bringing a little drizzle in the north and west. As the high moves away on Thursday air from the south will move in turning things increasingly sunnier and warmer by the end of the week with highs of 28-29degC even possible in some parts.

Let's hope things stay sunny for the bank holiday!

Year of Polar Prediction launched

The Year of Polar Prediction has been launched and will take place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 (covering an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic). It is a concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, in order to minimize the environmental risks, maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity.

Study explains science behind newly recognised cloud

Clouds have always appeared in paintings, photographs and pictures, but images captured by amateur photographers confirmed the existence of a dramatic cloud form with a roughened, wavelike base. Citizen science has now helped experts to explain how the newly-recognised ‘wave-like’ asperitas cloud is formed.  

Mother-of-Pearl clouds thought to have inspired Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'

Research published in the Royal Meteorological Society's Weather journal suggesting that mother-of-pearl clouds inspired Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' has gained lots of attention at #EGU17 conference in Vienna. It was even featured on BBC News >> 

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Let’s twist again like we did last summer

In a talk I was giving last week on the physics of thunderstorms, to a joint meeting of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering and Technology, I could not resist mentioning tornadoes.  Always spectacular and at times devastating, I have been fascinated by them for years.  We tend to hear more about tornadoes in the US, and they do have around 75% of the world’s tornado occurrences, but there are many other locations across the globe that have the right conditions for tornadoes to form.

Digitised International Cloud Atlas launched on World Meteorological Day

On 23rd March 2017 - World Meteorological Day - the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its new, online, digitised International Cloud Atlas, which is the global reference for observing and identifying clouds. It contains a number of new cloud classifications, including the eagerly-awaited asperitas, a dramatic undulated cloud which has captured public imagination.

WMO release State of Global Climate in 2016 report - multiple records broken

The WMO have today released their State of Global Climate in 2016 report, detailing a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, continued sea level rise and increasing ocean temperatures, with extreme weather and climate continuing into 2017.

The authoritative annual statement is based on several international datasets maintained independently by global climate analysis centres, as well as research institutes and national meteorological and hydrological centres.