The last few years have seen several rainfall events causing widespread flooding in the UK, such as the extensive flooding in winter 2013/14 when the heaviest rainfall in 100 years fell southern England and the Midlands, and the flooding in the north-west as a result of Storm Desmond in December 2015.
Rounded, smooth, globular ‘pouches’ clumped together and hanging underneath the base of a cumulonimbus cloud. They often form on the underside of an anvil and are accompanied by thunderstorms. The name translates to mamma and means ‘mammary cloud’.
A sky stippled with rows of small white fluffy - typically cirrocumulus - clouds ("cloudlets") composed of ice crystals which look like the fish scales on a mackerel.
A local wind that blows up a slope heated by sunshine.
One of the 10 characteristic cloud types (or cloud genera) recognised by the International Cloud Atlas. Its name comes from altum (height) and stratus (spread out). It appears as a greyish or bluish sheet of cloud, partly or totally covering the sky, but with parts sufficiently thin to at least vaguely reveal the sun.
On 12th July, satellite data confirmed the ‘calving’ of a trillion-tonne, 5,800 sq km iceberg – one of the largest icebergs on record, more than a quarter the size of Wales - from the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula.
Larsen C ice shelf - a floating mass of ice hundreds of meters thick which is attached to a huge, grounded ice sheet - is now 12% smaller in area than before the split and is at its lowest extend ever recorded, ultimately dramatically changing the Antarctic landscape. It follows previous collapses of Larsen A ice shelf in 1995 and Larsen B in 2002.
In 2007, a series of destructive floods affected parts of the UK during the summer. To mark the 10th anniversary of the event, we have produced a video to highlight some key information.
(Flood pictures sourced on Flickr and used under a Creative Commons Licence.)
We are now seeking votes for the ‘Public’s Favourite’ photograph from our shortlisted entries for Weather Photographer of the Year 2017. There are nearly 50 stunning photos to choose from depicting weather in its widest sense - dramatic in what they depict or because of the story they tell of the impact of weather. They range from weather phenomena such as clouds, lightning, rain, fog or snow through to the impact of weather on humans, cities and the natural landscape.
All wining entries will be announced in the coming months