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Dreaming of a white Christmas?

As we head closer to December, one of the questions we are often asked as meteorologists is “Will it be a white Christmas?” The first thing to clarify, is what exactly is being asked – do you want to know if anywhere in the UK will see a single snow flake or are you envisaging streets and roofs with a dusting of the white stuff when you wake up on 25 December. 

Flash floods hit Greece

Heavy overnight rain on 15th November caused flash flooding in parts of Greece, particularly Mandra, Nea Peramos and Megara, west of Athens.

At least 15 people have been killed and it has caused widespread destruction in central Greece as people were unprepared for the fast-flowing torrents of red mud that flooded the roads and thousands of homes. The sheer force of the water moved vehicles, damaged walls and roofing.

 

Dr Sylvia Knight, Head of Education at RMetS

How did I end up working as Head of Education for the Royal Meteorological Society? Well, geography and physics were always my favourite subjects at school, and meteorology is one of the natural meeting places of the two. I’ve always thought of it as ‘down to earth physics’ – physics on a scale which we can easily visualise, and which obviously affects us on a daily basis. Coupled with this, I’ve always liked the challenge of understanding something well enough that I can explain it to other people, without oversimplifying it and this is central to most of what I do.

RMetS Podcast - Episode 2

Episode 2 - About our 'Weather' Journal Special Edition on Climate Change

In this, the second episode of our podcast, we talk about the upcoming Special Issue of our "Weather" Journal, which is focused on the subject of Climate Change.

We sit down for an interview with David Warrilow, who was guest editor for this issue and Nigel Arnell who is the author of one of the papers published in it.

Winter is coming

The maps above show the UK winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) averages for 1981-2010. The analyses are based on 1 km grid-point data sets which are derived from station data (Source: Met Office)

As we approach the winter season and temperatures start to dip, we take a look at winter weather in the UK – what affects it, seasonal extremes, what an ‘average’ winter looks like and link to some ‘wintry’ articles of interest.

World Weather review: October 2017

Bundaberg in Queensland, Australia, suffered its largest one-day downpour in half a century on 2nd Oct, with more than 340 mm of rain falling causing flash flooding.

Storm Xavier swept across northern Germany killing at least 7 on 5th October.

Storm Nate killed at least 25 people in Coast Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras on 5th-6th Oct, causing heavy rain, landslides and flooding. It weakened to a tropical depression after bringing heavy rain to south-eastern US on the 7th and 8th, making landfall as a hurricane in Louisiana and Mississippi.