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Storm Eleanor causes disruption at the start of 2018

On 2nd and 3rd January, a low-pressure system moving across from the Atlantic brought very wet and windy weather to the UK.  Storm Eleanor, the fifth named storm of the season, brought gusts of up to 100 mph, leaving thousands of homes without power, blowing over trees and disrupting travel across parts of Wales, England, southern Scotland and most of Northern Ireland.

Types of Lightning

A beautiful and deadly natural phenomenon, lightning is simply a sudden, electrostatic discharge - a ‘spark’ or  ‘flash’ as charged regions in the atmosphere temporarily equalise themselves through this discharge. It is the polarity of lightning discharge that can affect the way it spreads and branches in space and time.

Traveller’s Guide to Lapland, Finland

A holiday to Lapland is the ultimate Christmas present, for children and adults alike. After all, this is the one place you can spend time with Santa Claus on his home turf!*

Lapland is the largest and northernmost region of Finland and has a subarctic/continental climate categorised by mild summers and long, cold, snowy winters. For this reason - and due to an abundance of conifer trees - it has become associated with Christmas, particularly in the UK.

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

As we head closer to December, one of the questions we are often asked as meteorologists is “Will it be a white Christmas?” The first thing to clarify, is what exactly is being asked – do you want to know if anywhere in the UK will see a single snow flake or are you envisaging streets and roofs with a dusting of the white stuff when you wake up on 25 December. 

The cloths of heaven

by Prof Paul Hardaker
Chief Executive of The Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics (IoP) is the national physical society for both Ireland and the UK, so I often find myself travelling through Dublin airport.  Where I board the plane there are tributes to the famous Irish poets, including a personal favorite, William Butler Yeats.  He wrote a beautiful poem called cloths of heaven, which I have to share with you here: