It is easy to think of sunburn as something that doesn't really happen in the UK, but it can and it often does. You don't have to be sunbathing to get sunburnt; it may happen while you are playing sport, walking or even working outdoors. To ensure you have fun in the sun either in the UK or abroad, we have put together a sun factfile to encourage you to enjoy the sun safely through the UK summer.
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.
The Royal Meteorological Society is currently running a short survey to find out about individuals using instruments and weather stations for personal use and how the information is recorded and shared.
Photo: The sighting came from Tofino on the west of Vancouver Island, Canada
Credit: Tofino Photography
The Royal Meteorological Soceity received these photographs this week, sent in from Tofino, on the west of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, asking for an explanation of how they are formed.
Image: Nacreous clouds over Aberdeen on 29th January
Credit: Stephane Gentile, Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society
Several rare sightings of nacreous clouds have been reported over the last few days, delighting cloudspotters, with photographs of the clouds coming from England and Scotland.
This 'dark opponent' discharges from storm clouds and flings antimatter into space. Astrophysicists and meteorologists are now trying to understand what they have termed ‘dark lightning’.
Lightning occurs due to charge separation in a cloud. When negatively charged electrons build up at the base of a thundercloud, anything it passes over becomes positively charged. If the cloud passes over a tall object, like a tall building or tree, these electrons jump, creating the ‘pitchfork’ of light you see streaking across the sky.
It occurs over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venuzuela, South America. Each year, over 1.2 million bolts of lightning are confined to the mouth of the Catatumbo River - the single highest concentration of lightning in the world.
The Catatumbo lightning, whilst not rare or unusual, is a remarkable feature in that it persists in the same place night after night. Indeed, the reliability of the storms means that they have historically been used as a maritime navigational aid.
Noctilucent Clouds photographed by NASA.
In November 2013 you recall Comet ISON passed close to the Sun. Scientists hoped it would remain intact and provide a spectacular comet tail visible to us on Earth. Unfortunately it broke up and was never visible to the naked eye.
Wind is simply movement of air, but sometimes this movement can be pretty fast! Those of us in the South of England have recent memories of the St Jude’s Day storm on 28 October, and the disruption caused by gusts of up to 99mph. As well as meteorologists, lots of other people are interested in how fast the wind is blowing, ranging from sportsmen such as parachutists and sailors, to those concerned with hazardous winds, such as air traffic controllers and crane operators. But how do we measure its speed?
Image: Some of the local wind names and their location.
In many areas of the world, regional conditions give rise to winds that have been identified by the locals as having a special effect or occurring during a particular season. Quite often these winds are given a name by local inhabitants.