Weather Facts

Rainbows - How Are They Formed? theWeather Club Tue, 28/04/2020 - 09:32

Over the last couple of months, you may have noticed rainbows appearing frequently on social media and in your local neighbourhood. At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, children were encouraged by their schools and preschools to paint rainbows and display them at home on their windows as a message of hope and solidarity during uncertain times.

 

Bonfire Night 2019: What does the weather have in store for us? theWeather Club Tue, 05/11/2019 - 09:14

Whilst many animals may not be fans of fireworks, for many people a firework show can bring lots of enjoyment. Adults and kids alike can marvel at the colourful spectacles, full of sparkles and billowing shapes that satisfy our primordial interest in shiny things.

Rainclouds and carved pumpkins, Part 2 – Where is the driest place in Scotland and Northern Ireland at Halloween?

But how about Scotland and Northern Ireland? Well, grab your broom and cauldron, because we’re doing another flyby to the Met Office Hadley Centre to see what the data says. This time we’ll look at four different regions:

Rainclouds and carved pumpkins, Part 1 – Where is the driest place in the England and Wales in Halloween?

For people that put a lot of effort into their fancy dress, a rainy Halloween can mean nothing short of a disaster. What are you going to do with all that running face paint!? Knowing how wet a given Halloween could be might help you to plan your evening. Should your fancy dress include a trusty pair of wellies? We took a deep (spooky) dive into the data offered by the Met Office Hadley Centre to find out.

Is the early May Bank Holiday weekend always a wash-out?

It may be an age-old gripe that it always rains on a bank holiday, but just how close to the truth is this. With the early May bank holiday approaching, we take a look at how the UK has faired during this particular bank holiday. Although May Day celebrations in England have taken place for centuries, the early May Day Bank Holiday – on the first Monday in May – has only been in existence since 1978. How many times has this bank holiday weekend been a washout or provided wall-to-wall blue skies and warm sunshine?

Observing and Identifying Clouds theWeather Club Wed, 10/04/2019 - 12:37

A time lapse in Spain recently captured the formation of an anvil cloud. This fantastic video inspired us to revisit our article about observing and identifying clouds, including new classifications.

Dry January theWeather Club Tue, 08/01/2019 - 13:23

After a lovely Christmas, there has been a lot of talk in the media about ‘dry January’. Although usually not a term used during winter months in the UK, we are going to take a brief look at the driest places across the world.