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Rescuing early satellite data to improve long-term estimates of past weather.

By: Jade Westfoot  This post is contributed by Jade Westfoot, a year-12 school student who did work experience in the department recently. During her week with us, Jade worked with Drs. Jon Mittaz and Tom Hall on rescuing historic satellite … Continue reading

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The Future of Arctic Sea Ice

By: Rebecca Frew It is well documented in scientific studies and the news (recent example here) that the summer extent of Arctic sea ice has been declining rapidly in response to global warming. As the summer sea ice shrinks and … Continue reading

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Three Flavours of Pykrete

By: David Livings Three Flavours of Pykrete A few years ago, Giles Foden published a novel called Turbulence. Most of the book is about a young meteorologist in the second world war, but there’s a framing story set in the 1980s, … Continue reading

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Can You Guess The Ingredients Of A Cake?

By: Amos Lawless “Mmm this cake is lovely, what’s in it?” “Try to guess!” How often have we had that response from a friend or colleague who is proud of the cake they have just baked? And we usually try … Continue reading

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Data Assimilation Improves Space Weather Forecasting Skill

By: Matthew Lang Over the past few years, I have been working on using data assimilation methodologies that are prevalent in meteorology to improve forecasts of space weather events (Lang et al. 2017; Lang and Owens 2019). Data assimilation does … Continue reading

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Cold Winter Weather: Despite or Because of Global Warming?

By: Marlene Kretschmer This year’s winter was cold. There was heavy snowfall across the UK, Europe and parts of the United States including Texas. This severe weather came with significant societal and economic impacts. Every time cold extremes like this … Continue reading

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What Did You Get For Number 9?

By: Todd Jones A common way to check your work in school is to turn to your neighbour and ask, “What did you get for this one?”  With a little extra effort, though, students end up having productive discussions and … Continue reading

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April Flowers – A story of bluebells and frosts

By: Pete Inness Figure 1: Bluebells in a wood near Reading on the 16th of April 2020 (left) and the same date in 2021 (right). In 2021 the flowers are yet to emerge and there are no leaves on the … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on future energy supply, such as an “Instantaneous Energy Market”

By: Peter Cook We all know that it’s time to stop using fossil fuels, due to the greenhouse gasses emitted and the finite amount of these fuels.  Many renewable sources of energy are now being adopted but a lot of … Continue reading

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TerraMaris: Plans, Progress And Setbacks Of Atmospheric Research In Indonesia

By: Emma Howard  To some of us weather enthusiasts, there’s nothing more exciting than a good tropical thunderstorm. For the best storms, you need a good source of humid air from a warm ocean and a hot land surface. If … Continue reading

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