Record-breaking rainbow in Taiwan

A rainbow, reportedly lasting nearly 9 hours, has been witnessed over the Chinese Culture University in the mountains of Taipei.

Prof Chou, Prof Liu Ching-huang and students documented the rainbow. Their observations, pictures and video recordings showed the rainbow lasted from 06:57 until 15:55 – totalling eight hours and 58 minutes.

If confirmed by Guinness World Records, it would obliterate the previous record for the longest-lasting rainbow, set in Yorkshire, England, on 14 March 1994, which lasted from 09:00 to 15:00. Rainbows typically last much less than an hour.

Climate change to increase clear-air turbulence threefold

Climate change is not just occurring at ground level, but also high up in the atmosphere – and it will have significant impacts on air travel. One of the ways in which it can impact air travel is by increasing the strength and incidence of clean-air turbulence (CAT), one of the leading causes of weather-related aviation incidents.  

Mount Agung and its potential global impacts

Since mid-November, Mount Agung on the Indonesian Island of Bali has been emitting steam and ash, lava is visible in the crater and rivers of mud have been flowing down its sides.  However, Agung is capable of a much more explosive eruption, which would have a much greater impact both locally and globally. The more explosive the eruption, the higher the volcanic ash, sulphur gases and other debris is pushed into the atmosphere. Agung last erupted in 1963, having been dormant for over a century.

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.


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.