Monthly Archives: December 2014

Urban microclimate science meets The Archers

By Janet Barlow Climate change could make life unbearably hot inside buildings in the middle of our cities. Whilst at night this could make it difficult to sleep, by day this would make it difficult to work … So what … Continue reading

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How does the weather in the polar regions affect that in the mid-latitudes?

By Jonathan Day Rapid climate change in the Arctic has led many to question what impact these changes are having on weather in the mid-latitudes. Last week scientists from the Reading’s Department of Meteorology attended the International workshop on polar-lower … Continue reading

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Excellent REF 2014 results for Department of Meteorology

The results for the Research Excellence Framework (REF), REF 2014, the UK’s latest assessment of University research, were released this morning (18 December 2014). The University of Reading as a whole has moved upward and the Department of Meteorology performed well, … Continue reading

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Gung-Ho! Creating the next Met Office Weather and Climate Forecasting model

By Hilary Weller This project is called Gung-Ho because we are boldly, ambitiously, enthusiastically – and some would say foolishly – creating a radically different weather and climate prediction model which will work efficiently on the next generation of massively … Continue reading

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What do we mean by ‘air temperature’?

By Stephen Burt ‘Temperature’ is a measure of heat energy, itself a proxy for the kinetic energy of the molecules within a substance. ‘Air temperature’ is the most widely measured environmental variable, and it influences what we wear, what we … Continue reading

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Indian Monsoon 2014 – A brief summary

By Charlie Williams Research in the Department is currently focusing on various aspects of the Indian summer monsoon, including (but not limited to) onset and withdrawal dates, active and break cycles, interannual variability and how land surface processes (such as … Continue reading

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