Climate Science and the Media – Ed becomes a Daily Mail star

Some of you may have been aware of some interesting goings on amongst some of those in the Department and the Daily Mail over the last week all started by this article by David Rose, which used (without attribution until he made a complaint) a figure from Ed Hawkins’ blog. Since there has been lots … Continue reading “Climate Science and the Media – Ed becomes a Daily Mail star”

How have our gardens grown…

As a novice but increasingly obsessed gardener, I’ve been really interested in how our #wetdrought has been shaping the green space all around us. Certainly all those additional water butts haven’t been put to good use just yet. In addition to the contrast in rainfall between March and April there was also a big change … Continue reading “How have our gardens grown…”

Windstorm Friedhelm

As part of their final practical session for the course MT11C Introduction to Weather and Climate, a group of first year undergraduate students conducted a synoptic analysis of the extra-tropical cyclone Friedhelm. This storm brought strong winds and disruption to Scotland and Northern England over the 8th and 9th December, 2011. You can read more … Continue reading “Windstorm Friedhelm”

Irene the media and waffle house.

Following on from Ray’s very interesting blog below on the predictions for Irene a few follow up pieces in the US media caught my attention over the last few days. My interest in public communication was piqued by this great piece by the always fascinating Nate Silver. The piece compares the media attention received by … Continue reading “Irene the media and waffle house.”

Flooding, Uncertainty and Public Understanding

As many of the rest of you, I’ve been following the extreme weather in the south and south-eastern United States with some interest over the last few weeks. A nice discussion of the links between the record tornado outbreaks, synoptic situation and very warm conditions in the Gulf of Mexico can be found in Jeff … Continue reading “Flooding, Uncertainty and Public Understanding”

A cold stratospheric spring

In week 10 Mike Blackburn will be writing a blog on early analysis on what was an interesting season in the troposphere. In this blog I’ll give a quick update on the northern hemisphere stratospheric winter and its implications for ozone as we enter spring. Unlike recent stratospheric winters, with dramatic mid-winter major stratospheric sudden … Continue reading “A cold stratospheric spring”


A bit out of time with current conditions, but nonetheless I thought some people might enjoy a nice short article on snowflakes by Adam Gopnik in the New Yorker: Some snowflake photography by Wilson Bentley can be found at the NOAA photo library: