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Lunchtime Seminars take place during term time on Tuesdays from 13:00 to 13:50 (unless otherwise stated) in the Sutcliffe Lecture Theatre, Meteorology Building GU01, University of Reading, Earley Gate. The Meteorology and Agriculture Buildings can be located using the “find us” link at the bottom of this page. Seminars are given by students and staff in the Department and cover a broad range of topics related to weather and climate. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Speaker: Chris Scott 
‘The Ionospheric response over the UK to major bombing raids during World War II’

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Lunchtime Seminars take place during term time on Tuesdays from 13:00 to 13:50 (unless otherwise stated) in the Sutcliffe Lecture Theatre, Meteorology Building GU01, University of Reading, Earley Gate. The Meteorology and Agriculture Buildings can be located using the “find us” link at the bottom of this page. Seminars are given by students and staff in the Department and cover a broad range of topics related to weather and climate. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Speaker: Holly Turner 
‘Estimating the effects of vertical wind shear on orographic gravity wave drag’

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Urban-Met Seminar

 

Speakers: David, Jess, Elliott
Book reading: Urban Climates (Oke et al., 2017), Ch 10.1, 10.2, 10.3

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Lunchtime Seminars take place during term time on Tuesdays from 13:00 to 13:50 (unless otherwise stated) in the Sutcliffe Lecture Theatre, Meteorology Building GU01, University of Reading, Earley Gate. The Meteorology and Agriculture Buildings can be located using the “find us” link at the bottom of this page. Seminars are given by students and staff in the Department and cover a broad range of topics related to weather and climate. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Speaker: Emma Hopkin 
‘Developing ceilometers from a simple cloud base measurement to a tool for evaluating and assimilating ice water content’

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Global warming is accelerating as time passes. Models predict that trend is set to continue even if we manage to rein in carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere – but why? On World Oceans Day, Dr Paulo Ceppi explains that it’s all down to increasingly cloudless skies over the Pacific Ocean.

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Data Assimilation Research Centre Meeting

Invited speaker: Ali Aydogdu (NERSC, Norway)
‘Ensemble data assimilation on a non-conservative adaptive moving mesh’

 

Seminars occur during term time on Wednesdays at 11:00-12:00 in Agriculture 1L16.

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Speakers: Yuya, Denise, Ting

Book reading: Urban Climates (Oke et al., 2017), Ch 9.1, 9.2, 9.3

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Lunchtime Seminars take place during term time on Tuesdays from 13:00 to 13:50 (unless otherwise stated) in the Sutcliffe Lecture Theatre, Meteorology Building GU01, University of Reading, Earley Gate. The Meteorology and Agriculture Buildings can be located using the “find us” link at the bottom of this page. Seminars are given by students and staff in the Department and cover a broad range of topics related to weather and climate. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Speaker: Ross Herbert 
‘What I did on my holidays: aerosol-cloud-radiative effects of biomass burning aerosols over the SE Atlantic’

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Records have been tumbling this year at the University of Reading’s weather station. Just days after the coldest March day since records began, a new record hottest recorded temperature was set for an April day. With the sun beating down on the UK over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, the question was whether it could break yet more records. Stephen Burt from the Department of Meteorology explains.

Bank holiday weather is normally a cause for national despair, but not this last weekend I’m sure you’ll agree.

Monday was the warmest Early May Bank Holiday on record – and also the sunniest

Monday’s maximum of 27.6 °C (from the automatic weather station) made hotter than any previous Early May Bank Holiday day since the national holiday was introduced in 1978 – the previous highest temperature for the bank holiday weekend being 25.9 °C, set on the Saturday, 6 May, in 1990. It was also the warmest day in the month of May since 2005.

Additionally, unbroken sunshine on all three days this year – Saturday 14.2 hours, Sunday and Monday 14.1 each (total 42.4 hours) – recorded by the electronic sunshine sensor, made this by far our sunniest early Early May Bank Holiday ever.

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Last week’s untypically cold weather was coupled with warmer than usual temperatures in the Arctic – perfectly illustrating that the atmosphere is one continuum and that disturbances in one region of the world can have a dramatic impact in another, says Peter Inness, Lecturer in Meteorology, in a new post for The Conversation.

Simon Harrod  licensed under CC-BY-2.0

During the past week, bitterly cold weather has engulfed the UK and most of Northern Europe. At the same time, temperatures in the high Arctic have been 10 to 20°C above normal – although still generally below freezing.

The co-occurence of these two opposite extremes is no random coincidence. A quick climate rewind reveals how an unusual disturbance in the tropics more than a month ago sent out shock-waves thousands of kilometres in all directions, causing extreme weather events – not only in Europe and the Arctic, but in the southern hemisphere too.

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