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METEOROLOGY BUILDING GETS A WEATHER VANE AT LAST – BUT CAN YOU UNDERSTAND ITS CODED MESSAGE?

Release Date 16 December 2016 A new weather vane with a hidden message has been unveiled on the roof of the University of Reading’s Meteorology building after being chosen as the winning design. The weather vane was created by Dr Helen Dacre, associate professor in Meteorology, and selected by an expert judging panel. The winning […]

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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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Montserrat: There and Back Again

Whilst Reading plunged into a gloomy autumnal daze, a group of researchers namely Geoff Wadge, Antonio Costa and Thomas Webb, from the Department of Meteorology decided to replace their warm coats with T-shirts, their wellies with flip-flops and don excessive amounts of suncream, heading for the tiny island of Montserrat in the West Indies (figure […]

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Arran field course – live blog – Monday 6th September

This week 12 BSc and MMet students from Reading, along with 5 staff and 36 students and staff from the University of Leeds are here in Lochranza on Arran for a weeklong residential field course. The students will be involved in various activities including a hill walk, radiosonde and ozonesonde launches, boundary layer sampling with […]

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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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Summer Term

Welcome to the new WCD blog. We hope this test run will help us to see how useful a blogging service will be and how we might make best use of this technology. This term there will be 10 guest bloggers, who will write a blog about WCD each week. The schedule for the summer […]

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