Not yet Christmas, but has spring sprung?

By Roger Brugge This may seem a strange question, but it was prompted by the sight of flowering daffodils alongside the A4 through Maidenhead on 12 December 2015 (Figure 1). Figure 1. Flowering daffodils along the A4 in Maidenhead, on 12 December 2015 In order to bloom, daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs must be exposed … Continue reading “Not yet Christmas, but has spring sprung?”

Recent changes in Africa rainfall

By Richard Allan Changing rainfall can have profound societal consequences across Africa where it plays a crucial role in sustaining livelihoods and economic development. Predicting how rainfall patterns will alter as the planet warms in response to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions is therefore of great importance; for this both observations and simulations are vital. A new … Continue reading “Recent changes in Africa rainfall”

An unusually dull, but mild, start to November

By Roger Brugge “Persistent low cloud, spells of fog, minimal amounts of sunshine and night-time temperatures more suited to September.”  Such a description of the weather of the past ten days or so had me reaching for the records to try to place the recent weather conditions into a historical context. Temperature Daytime temperatures of … Continue reading “An unusually dull, but mild, start to November”