Sunday, July 22, 2018, 9:31 PM BST. I put out a relatively simple tweet comprising of two NASA GISS global temperature anomaly graphics - one for June 1976, and one for June 2018. After listening to the media and meteorologists alike comparing and contrasting the current UK heatwave with that of 1976 (something which I … Continue reading Going Viral: Some thoughts one week later
2018 has been a remarkable summer. On the back of the warmest May on record (since 1910) for the UK, we saw the 3rd warmest June (featuring the 2nd warmest daytime maxima) which was also the 5th sunniest and 9th driest (3rd driest for England). The first half of this summer has been the driest … Continue reading Heatwave Summers: There’s more than 1976 & 1995
Yesterday (May 11), at about 10:50am, I completed my Master's Degree in Meteorology and Climate (MMet) at the University of Reading. The exam - Oceanography (perhaps not the most typical way to end a meteorology degree, but I guess it highlights the diversity of the subject). The way I finished it? Ending a question on … Continue reading Thoughts upon finishing the MMet
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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading So…why the stratosphere?
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 … Continue reading A Storm of Ex-Hurricane Communication
This summer I have been 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 tradespeople and my colleagues. I'm aware that British people apparently always talk about the weather, but when you're outside cutting a … Continue reading Apply More Meteorology in Apps?