Category Archives: Historical climatology

Wind generation in the UK during the summer of 2018

By Daniel Drew The record breaking summer of 2018 has featured in a number of recent blog posts (link1 and link 2), but one area not discussed is the impact of the prevailing hot, sunny and calm conditions on the … Continue reading

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Summer temperatures 2018 – the ‘new normal’?

By Professor Sir Brian Hoskins (Grantham Institute, Imperial College London and Emeritus Professor at the University of Reading department of Meteorology) and Stephen Belcher (Met Office Chief Scientist and Visiting Professor at the University of Reading department of Meteorology) Figure 1. Hyde … Continue reading

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What a summer!

By Ben Cosh What a summer it has been so far. The data is brilliant when it is like this. Stephen Burt keeps an eye on it and has filled me in on the (nearly) record-breaking numbers we’re seeing. It’s … Continue reading

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When Did Fronts First Appear in the Met Office’s Daily Weather Report?

By David Livings One of the good things that can now be found on the web is a complete series of the Met Office’s Daily Weather Report going back to 1860. An overview of the early history of the report … Continue reading

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Wrap up well for St Valentine’s Day – a good chance of snow!

By Roger Brugge The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter, but the temperature keeps falling – and so does the snow. At least in the climatological statistics they do! Looking at the date of occurrence of the … Continue reading

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Summer 2015 in Reading – the story so far

By Roger Brugge Now that we are half-way through August, the nights are getting longer and a Bank Holiday approaches, I thought it would be a good moment to take a preliminary look back on the summer of 2015 in … Continue reading

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I blame Spain and France!

By Ross Reynolds I was concerned to read this warning published recently in a national newspaper, partly because to roast me would require perhaps 200 °C for quite a few hours, but to boil the air (see lower down the … Continue reading

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Zeppelins at nine o’clock …

By Stephen Burt One of the interesting and rather unexpected benefits of compiling One hundred years of Reading weather, the book Roger Brugge and I have written as part of the Department’s 50th anniversary commemoration, was the unexpected insights provided into … Continue reading

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