Category Archives: extratropical cyclones

Improving jet stream forecasts through observational experiment

By John Methven Weather systems developing over the North Atlantic and hitting Europe are intimately related to large-amplitude meanders of the jet stream, known as Rossby waves. Characteristic weather patterns grow in concert with the waves, and the jet stream … Continue reading

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The fair breeze blew, the white foam flew …

By Ray Bell In winter-time when the temperature gradient between the pole and the equator sharpens, the North Atlantic becomes a breeding ground for intense storms (extratropical cyclones). Occasionally associated with intense winter storms is a ‘phenomenal sea state’ (WMO … Continue reading

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The wet and stormy winter of 2013/14 over the British Isles

By Joaquim Pinto                            Department of Meteorology homepage Given its geographic position, the British Isles are often affected by extreme wet and stormy winter weather. Still, the large number … Continue reading

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Historical storms – a (very brief) book review

By Ben Harvey                         Department of Meteorology It has now been a year since the period of extreme storminess experienced in the UK during January and February 2014. High winds … Continue reading

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Observing the strong damaging winds of autumn and winter storms

By Oscar Martínez-Alvarado Some scientists are weird people. Take me as an example. It is summer, the sun is shining out there. Yet here I am, longing for autumn and winter and the storms they bring. Don’t get me wrong. … Continue reading

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