Monthly Archives: February 2015

Historical storms – a (very brief) book review

By Ben Harvey                         Department of Meteorology It has now been a year since the period of extreme storminess experienced in the UK during January and February 2014. High winds … Continue reading

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How do solar eclipses affect the weather?

By Suzanne Gray     Department of Meteorology On the morning of Friday 20 March 2015 a rare near-total solar eclipse will occur in the UK. Why do meteorologists, as well as astronomers and amateur scientists, have the day marked on their calendars? … Continue reading

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Why Arctic melting will be erratic in the short term

By Ed Hawkins Arctic sea ice melts each summer, reaching its minimum extent some time in September, before refreezing through the winter. Over the past 35 years, the September sea ice extent has reduced by about 35% overall and this … Continue reading

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Reconstructing space climate

By Matt Owens The approximately 11-year cycle in the number of sunspots visible on the Sun was first identified more than 150 years ago, by Samuel Schwabe, and has been well-observed ever since. In fact, with the power of hindsight, … Continue reading

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