Ashes to ashes: How the Tamboro volcano eruption wreaked havoc on Europe's weather

Six months after the end of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption, we look back almost 200 years to examine how ash from the biggest volcanic eruption in recorded history played havoc with the weather, with utterly devastating effects

This an extract from the launch issue of theWeather magazine. Join theWeather Club to read the whole article. The Winter issue of theWeather is out now.

Member profile: Graham Smith


Why did you join theWeather Club?

Being an avid weather enthusiast, I saw theWeather Club as a great way for me to interface with other folk from around the country interested in the UK's fascinating weather patterns. Not only that, but the magazine and news articles on the website are always informative and I also believe the aims and goals of the club are highly worthy of support. I have to confess that getting the nifty Galileo thermometer was no bad thing either!

Hail of bullets: Dr Mike Edwards on his experience of a wildly destructive hail storm

This an extract from the forthcoming Winter issue of theWeather magazine. Join theWeather Club to read the whole article.

I would say it was the hailstorm from hell. It was 14th April 1999. I'd been in Australia a number of years doing different things, but at that particular point I was a professional didgeridoo player and teacher at a music school in eastern part in Sydney. We had invited a very famous didgeridoo player called Charlie McMahon to come and do some teaching, and he'd turned up in a brand new car. It was great.

The results of the Great British Weather Experiment: Autumn arrives, in all its messy glory

The Great British Weather Experiment was launched on 13th September 2010 by theWeather Club. The experiment aimed to track the onset of autumn across the British Isles by asking schools and members of the public to take weather observations over the course of a month and record them at This was one of the largest weather experiments in Britain, with over 2,000 observations collected between 13th September and 13th October.