Spinning up enthusiasm for meteorology

Tornadoes. A climate view of tornadoes. Possibly the hardest brief yet. There is very little that is certain about climate change and tornadoes. When and where a tornado outbreak in the US occurs is predominantly determined by weather patterns that bring together the warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and the cold dry air from the North. Because these weather patterns are very variable from year to year, it is hard to establish any long term effect of climate change.

Let’s twist again like we did last summer

In a talk I was giving last week on the physics of thunderstorms, to a joint meeting of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering and Technology, I could not resist mentioning tornadoes.  Always spectacular and at times devastating, I have been fascinated by them for years.  We tend to hear more about tornadoes in the US, and they do have around 75% of the world’s tornado occurrences, but there are many other locations across the globe that have the right conditions for tornadoes to form.

A traveller’s guide to Sydney, Australia

Sydney is a cosmopolitan city, surrounded by vast unspoilt beaches, sparkling harbours, famous landmarks, renowned vineyards and numerous world heritage sites. It is the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, where millions of travellers – both gap year students and vacationers alike - flock to each year. Sydney enjoys a sunny climate with warm summers and mild winters, so there are many outdoor activities to enjoy all year round.