This year’s Reading Half Marathon was cancelled at ~6:40 AM on the day of the race (Sunday March 18) due to substantial snow in Reading and the surrounding area (indeed, across most of England…). The cancellation of the event only ~4 hours before runners would be taking to the course was far from ideal, with… Read More Reading Half Cancellation: Do people believe forecasts?
On February 23rd, I accepted an offer of a SCENARIO-funded PhD studentship in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading for the project “How can the stratosphere help us predict the weather several weeks ahead?“. The project is supervised by Andrew Charlton-Perez and Steve Woolnough at Reading and Jason Furtado at the University… Read More So…why the stratosphere?
This morning, I watched as my aneroid barometer here in Harrogate, North Yorkshire slowly crawled upwards towards 1030 hPa. It’s a far cry from the forecast surface pressure in the next few weeks across the USA, but it’s also a far cry from what was happening on this day 4 years ago. At least in… Read More Winter 2013-14: When the Rain was Tropical
MODIS imagery of Ophelia at landfall on Monday October 16, 2017. It can’t have escaped the attention of many members of the general public that a storm by the name of Ophelia smashed into Ireland on Monday killing three. Met Eireann issued a RED warning 48 hours in advance of Ophelia’s arrival, which is unprecedented… Read More A Storm of Ex-Hurricane Communication
Something often unique to meteorologists is our ability to pinpoint the moment in our lives when we were captivated by the weather. I’ve been interested in weather since 2002, when I was 6 years old. My hometown of Harrogate, North Yorkshire is a few miles east of the Washburn Valley reservoirs (Lindley Wood, Swinsty, Fewston… Read More “How did you get into weather?”
This summer (between the third and fourth years of my MMet degree), I’m working as a gardener in my hometown of Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Being outside and directly affected by the weather means it’s an obvious topic of conversation with customers, other tradesmen and my colleagues. I’m aware that British people always talk about the… Read More Apply More Meteorology in Apps?
For almost a week, Tuesday October 4th was looking like a pretty exciting day, with the GFS forecasting an aggressive dryline (~30F DWPT gradient) to pass through OK/KS with the potential for some decent severe weather. It was somewhat forgotten about due to Hurricane Matthew – indeed, The Weather Channel could barely find time to… Read More Kansas Storm Chase – Oct 4, 2016
It seems the British public take joy at proving the Met Office wrong.… Read More A Very British Obsession
Is the influence of El Nino overplayed?… Read More Record-Warm Global Temperatures
A consideration of recent trends in temperature, rainfall and sunshine in the UK in June.… Read More Is the weather in June getting worse?