Archive for October, 2016

Open Access week – and atmospheric effects of solar eclipses

Next week is ‘Open Access Week’ , and to celebrate this, all Royal Society journal content will be completely free to access from Friday 21 October until 6 November. Solar eclipses rarely cross populated regions, but provide great opportunities both for science and science outreach when they do. The recent 20 March 2015 solar eclipse […]

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Launching a weather balloon at the University of Reading

Weather forecasts these days are hi-tech: satellites orbiting the Earth continually watch the current weather and feed this information into some of the largest supercomputers in the world. But satellites can’t give us a complete picture of the current weather and, to fill in the gaps, we use a seemingly low-tech solution: helium balloons. Thousands […]

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Early thoughts on winter 2016-17 …

By Chimene Daleu In the UK, colder winter weather is usually caused by high pressure developing to the north, which allows cold arctic or polar continental air masses to push towards the UK. Last year, winter was much milder than average with a mean temperature of 5.5°C, 1.8 degC above the average. This was the […]

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