Archive for October, 2014

Space weather – sunspot AR2192

By Simon Thomas Friday 24 October 2014 – updated 30 October 2014 Sunspots are areas on the Sun which appear dark in contrast to the solar disk. They are associated with complex magnetic fields which inhibit convection and are therefore not as hot as the surroundings (sunspots are typically 3000-4500 K compared to the surrounding […]

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An analogue forecast for winter 2014/15 in Reading

By Roger Brugge Reluctant as I am to do long-range predictions, analysis of Reading data for the period 1961-2010 suggests the following: Rainfall – 2014 has given us a dry September and (already) a wet October. Let’s assume that overall autumn rainfall is close to normal. After an autumn with normal rainfall the likelihood of winter […]

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Tornadoes in the UK?

By Tom Frame Last Wednesday (8 October) saw reports of several tornadoes in the UK – one even tore the roof off a house. I remember whengrowing up I always thought of tornadoes as something that occurred only in the USA – perhaps a school production of The Wizard of Oz had put this in […]

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