Year of Polar Prediction launched

The Year of Polar Prediction has been launched and will take place from mid-2017 to mid-2019 (covering an entire year in both the Arctic and Antarctic). It is a concerted international campaign to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the Arctic and Antarctic, in order to minimize the environmental risks, maximize the opportunities associated with rapid climate change in polar regions and to close the current gaps in polar forecasting capacity.

Study explains science behind newly recognised cloud

Clouds have always appeared in paintings, photographs and pictures, but images captured by amateur photographers confirmed the existence of a dramatic cloud form with a roughened, wavelike base. Citizen science has now helped experts to explain how the newly-recognised ‘wave-like’ asperitas cloud is formed.  

A newly discovered atmospheric optical phenomenon called… Steve

Image: 'Steve' (Source: ESA - Dave Markel)

If Boaty McBoatface is anything to go by, social media has a lot to answer for when it comes to naming things for science. The most recent example of this is Steve; a recently discovered phenomenon all thanks to the power of social media and citizen scientists – something that wouldn’t have been possible 20 years ago. 

Mother-of-Pearl clouds thought to have inspired Edvard Munch's 'The Scream'

Research published in the Royal Meteorological Society's Weather journal suggesting that mother-of-pearl clouds inspired Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' has gained lots of attention at #EGU17 conference in Vienna. It was even featured on BBC News >> 

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