Weather

Head in the Clouds

Dr Jo Elworthy is Director of Interpretation at the Eden Project. Jo has worked at Eden since its inception and is dedicated to sharing the amazing workings of our planet Earth with Eden’s visitors: ‘Visiting the rainforest and experiencing weather and finding out about the relationship between rainforests and climate first hand can help transform our understanding of our world and how we interact with it.’ Here, Jo takes us on a journey to ‘The Weather Maker’ in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project.

Air

The mixture of gasses that make up the Earth’s atmosphere. Excluding water vapour and dust, the main components of air are nitrogen, oxygen, argon, carbon dioxide, neon, helium, krypton, hydrogen, xenon and ozone.

Climate change panel discussion at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this Saturday

A panel discussion about climate change will take place at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, which runs 7th-11th June. The panel discussion will take place in the Garden Theatre at 2pm on Saturday 10th June and will be Chaired by Peter Gibbs, Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. Other panel members include: 

Man mowing lawn defies twister in Alberta, Canada

A photograph of a man mowing his lawn with an ominous tornado spinning in the background has been doing the rounds on social media this week - it even made BBC news

Mr Theunis Wessels, from Alberta, Canada said he was very aware of the twister which was about one and a quarter miles from their house, but "wasn't worried at all" – unlike his daughter, who was quite concerned by her father’s nonchalance.

FREE Online Weather Course: Come Rain of Shine

The Royal Meteorological Society is again running a FREE online FutureLearn course, “Come Rain or Shine” on 19th June!

This free, online course has been developed jointly with University of Reading and will run for 3 weeks, although participants are free to work through it at their own pace – including after the finish date. This course is perfect for anyone who would like to brush up their understanding of our weather.

Weather and energy trading

It is no secret that the weather and energy consumption have always been intrinsically linked.  The basic theories of supply and demand drive a lot of the relationship – if the weather is very cold we will demand more power and knowing what the weather might do months, seasons or even years ahead will help shape predictions on how much power we need to generate. But weather is just one factor that effects our power requirements and prices, and until recently, other core factors like UK politics, geopolitical events, the economy, etc.