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Ben Nevis snow free for first time in 11 years

Snow expert, Iain Cameron, confirms that for the first time in 11 years there is no snow on Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Across Scotland, only three patches of snow survive in Scotland's mountains - one on Aonach Beag in Lochaber and two on Braeriach in the Cairngorms – but these could also vanish by the middle of September, for the first time since 2006.

Mr Cameron, said: "The situation this year is mainly down to a lack of snow last winter.”

WeatherLive - The Ultimate day out for Weather Enthusiasts

Where? Central Hall Westminster, London
When? Saturday 4th November 2017

WeatherLive is a new event for the Society and is the ultimate day out for weather enthusiasts. This one-day conference in London will focus on three main sessions; photography, the 1987 storm and gardening in a changing climate. A host of respected speakers will present throughout the day, sharing experiences and knowledge include well-known names such as Michael Fish and Peter Gibbs. 

Dancing cyclones: The ‘Fujiwhara effect’

The Fujiwhara effect is a rare phenomenon that sees nearby cyclones ‘dancing’ round each other. In July it was seen not once, but twice*: Hurricanes Hilary and Irwin rotated round each other in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico generating high surf for Southern California; whilst thousands of miles away in the western Pacific east of Japan just days earlier, Typhoon Noru and Tropical Storm Kulap spun round each other*.

Met Office release ‘State of the UK Climate 2016’ report

The Met Office have released their 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report, which is an annual publication providing an up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

The report shows that 2016 was the 13th warmest year in records dating back to 1910. For the UK as a whole, 2016 was 0.5ºC warmer than average (1981-2010), whilst the last decade was 0.3ºC warmer and sunshine levels were 4% higher.

Larsen C: Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctic peninsula

On 12th July, satellite data confirmed the ‘calving’ of a trillion-tonne, 5,800 km2 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 metres 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 extent ever recorded, dramatically changing the Antarctic landscape.  It follows previous collapses of Larsen A ice shelf in 1995 and Larsen B in 2002.

WMO ‘Summer in the City’ video series

WMO and Climate Central have launched a series of “Summer in the City” videos to explain the impact of climate change on temperatures in some of the world’s major cities. The short videos have been released in a year that is already experiencing multiple heatwaves across the globe and daily temperature records, and if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, Earth’s average global surface temperature could rise more than 4°C by the end of the 21st century.

World records for extreme weather-related mortality

As world population continues to grow alongside changes in global climate, there is a greater risk to a larger proportion of the population from a multitude of climate and weather phenomena. 

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has recently announced the world record for the highest reported historical death tolls from tropical cyclones, tornadoes, lightning and hailstorms:

Special limited-time offer: 50% discount on RMetS membership

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) runs theWeather Club. It is the Learned and Professional Society for weather and climate, and has a lot of enthusiastic amateur members. RMetS is giving all new individual members 50% off for a limited time only*. 

Joining the RMetS gives you access to all the membership benefits that you would receive throughout the year. You will receive online access to Weather, the ‘house journal’ of the RMetS (both past and future issues), which can access online or via an App.  The discounted fees are as follows: