2012 Hurricane season wrap-up

By Ray Bell The 2012 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on Saturday as a ‘very unusual‘ year with an abnormally large 19 tropical storms forming and curiously only 1 making it to Category 3 strength. A typical hurricane season has 12 tropical storms, 6 of which are hurricanes and 3 of which are major hurricanes. … Continue reading “2012 Hurricane season wrap-up”

Montserrat: There and Back Again

Whilst Reading plunged into a gloomy autumnal daze, a group of researchers namely Geoff Wadge, Antonio Costa and Thomas Webb, from the Department of Meteorology decided to replace their warm coats with T-shirts, their wellies with flip-flops and don excessive amounts of suncream, heading for the tiny island of Montserrat in the West Indies (figure … Continue reading “Montserrat: There and Back Again”

The ‘Oxfordshire Tornado’ of 7 May 2012

During the afternoon of Monday 7th May 2012, a tornado was reported in several areas of Oxfordshire, including Bicester, Eynsham, Kidlington and South Leigh. Trees, buildings, and vehicles in these areas were damaged by the storm which also produced large hail and lightning (BBC News). A number of eye-witnesses caught the tornado on film including … Continue reading “The ‘Oxfordshire Tornado’ of 7 May 2012”