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Weather Photographer of the Year 2020

The Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) is calling on photographers of all ages and abilities to enter its annual photography competition, ‘Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ and ‘Young Weather Photographer of the Year 2020’ in association with AccuWeather, a global weather and leading digital media company. Now in its fifth year, this popular competition attracts entries from around the world.

Observed reductions in NO2 emissions: a silver-lining from COVID-19


Over the past week, the European Space Agency released data that provides a welcome positive in amidst the challenge of COVID-19. Data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite has shown a reduction in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) over both Italy and China, as each country has brought in stringent measures to tackle the pandemic.

COP25, the EU and the UK general election

The UN’s Climate Change Conference began on Monday in Madrid, Spain, under the Presidency of the Government of Chile. It will include the 25th Conference of Parties (COP25), the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the 2nd session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement. The aim of the meetings is to ensure that the various conventions and agreements are being implemented.

Want to know more about weather and climate?

There are several online courses which you can take to learn more about weather and climate: on the FutureLearn platform, there is the RMetS/ University of Reading Come Rain or Shine introduction to weather, as well as the University of Exeter’s Climate Change: the Science course, both of which are running at the moment.

The Open University runs a couple of courses Watching the Weather (free) and Science: the Weather which has an associated fee. The COMET/ MetEd programme in the USA runs many online courses, some general, some very specific.

Storm names for 2019-20 announced

Met Office and Met Éireann, along with new partner KNMI, have today revealed the list of storm names for 2019-20.

First introduced by the Met Office and Met Éireann (the meteorological service in the Republic of Ireland) in 2015, the Name our Storms campaign has helped raise awareness of the potential impacts of severe weather in Britain and Ireland before it hits.  Now in its fifth year, Met Office and Met Éireann are joined by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), the Dutch national weather forecasting service.