Archive for August, 2010

Atlantic Hurricane Season About to Get Busy

The North Atlantic has been very quiet since Hurricane Alex in late June. Alex was the strongest storm in terms of wind speed in the month of June since Alma (1966). However, and according to NOAA’s 2010 Updated Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook issued on 5th August, the Atlantic Basin remains on track for an active […]

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July summary

A summary of July from our atmospheric observatory is included below (courtesy of Mike Stroud): Notable features are the general warmth in all four temperature diagnostics consistent with the UK picture from the Met Office: One notable feature of July was that all 31 days recorded maximum temperatures above 20 degC. This is only the […]

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Aurora extend to southern latitudes

Wednesday (4th August 2010) night, sky-watchers as far south as Denmark and northern Germany were treated to a glimpse of the aurora – unfortunately it didn’t extend far enough to be lost in the bright lights of Reading. This geomagnetic activity was the result of a pair of solar eruptions on August 1st, recorded in […]

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Heavy monsoon rainfall and flooding in Pakistan

Recently much attention has been paid in the news media to heavy monsoon rainfall and consequential devastating flooding over Pakistan, particularly over the northern-most provinces.  Owing to the complex geography of the region, particularly that the huge Indus river travels down Pakistan from north to south, flood warnings have already been issued for far southern […]

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Atlantic Tropical Basin Heating Up

After a relatively quiet start, the tropics are beginning to show some signs of life in the far-eastern Atlantic. An elongated cluster of showers and thunderstorms over the southeastern Atlantic is slowly organizing as it moves generally west to west-northwest. Dry air remains to the north as the system is experiencing little in the way […]

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