Category Archives: History of Science

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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The History of Climate Change Science

By Peter Cook Many people believe that anthropogenic global warming was only discovered in the 1980s and before this most scientists thought that the climate was getting colder. However, the science actually goes back almost two centuries. Joseph Fourier (in … 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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A Meteorological Postcard from Bergen, Norway

By Jon Shonk Thursday 25 September 2014 I am currently looking out of my office window at the Geophysical Institute at the University of Bergen (Figure 1), watching the rain fall steadily past the window from a grey sky. Dark … Continue reading

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The wider legacy of Sir Robert Watson-Watt

By Chris Scott While lecturing in Dundee recently, I took the opportunity of visiting Pitlochry to pay my respects (Figure 1) to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the inventor of RADAR recently profiled in the BBC drama ‘Castles in the Sky’. While … Continue reading

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Routine climate data – going, going, gone?

by Chris Holloway I was surprised to hear recently that the US Department of Energy (DOE) is closing all three of their Tropical Western Pacific (TWP) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) sites within the next year.  These well-instrumented sites, located at … Continue reading

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Guy Stewart Callendar (1898-1964) – a scientist ahead of his time

By Ed Hawkins In April 2014, a significant  milestone was reached: the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm). Exactly 76 years before, in April 1938, the first evidence that increasing carbon dioxide was influencing global temperatures … Continue reading

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