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What causes these beautiful frost patterns?

Clear nights and plunging temperatures can deposit a thick frost by daybreak. For frost to form, the temperature of the surface must be below 0°C. But what causes these pretty, leaf-like patterns? The patterns are the result of very tiny imperfections on the glass, such as scratches, specks of dust and salt, or the residue from washer fluid. These variations in the surface affect the way that the ice crystals form and branch out, forming the beautiful patterns captured in this image, taken in North Yorkshire on an smartphone by Paula Davies. 

Chance of seeing the Northern Lights tonight and tomorrow theWeather Club Thu, 13/10/2016 - 10:01

Chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis will increase slightly across northern areas of the UK over the next 48 hours, according to the US Space Weather Prediction Centre. 

Recent activity on the surface of the sun, which first happened on 9th October, has led scientists to extend the possibility of seeing the Aurora over parts of Europe, including the UK, Scandinavia and Russia on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October. 

Hot weather on the way

Temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-30°C's next week and while this is very hot weather for the UK, it's not technically a heatwave as theWeather Club explains.

Here in the UK, there is no official definition of a 'heatwave'. Instead, the definition comes from the World Meteorological Organisation who define a heatwave as "when the daily maximum temperature exceeds the average by 5°C for more than five consecutive days."

Olympic Ceremony features UK scientist's climate spiral

With the world watching, Brazil’s Olympic Opening Ceremony was the perfect platform to educate more than three billion viewers about global warming and climate change. 

Within a bright, booming and creative ceremony, our changing environment was a key feature. A short video on anthropogenic climate change, narrated by Dame Judi Dench, included maps and graphics showing how rapidly the earth’s temperature is rising, the staggering amount of ice that has melted over the last century and how rising sea levels will flood cities around the world in the future.