Long range forecasting of an exceptional summer - by James Warner

It’s not often we can use words such as dry, hot, and sunny, to describe a UK summer. Although we commonly experience a hot spell of weather most years, this summer has been particularly unusual in the persistence of dry, sunny weather, which extends back to late May. What makes it more pronounced is the stark contrast to spring, which saw well below average temperatures in March and  above average rainfall into April.

SkyDayProject

The SkyDayProject has a single goal – to connect people across the world via our magnificent sky! Initially set up by the award winning artist Ben Whitehouse, as a way to encourage people to talk about our planet and climate, the SkyDay team is now made of an inspiring mix of artists and scientists, including a Nobel prize sharer and an astronaut.

 

Science Lesson: An introduction to remote sensing

Satellites for observing the Earth’s surface have been used since the 70’s and ever since advanced our understanding in science. Using satellites allows us to observe and detect changes in the most remote regions of the Earth. The first land cover satellite named Landsat 1 was launched by the United States on 23 July 1972. This mission and many more have continued providing an enormous collection of satellite imagery.

Heatwaves and Drought in the UK

The UK has experienced over 16 consecutive days of temperatures at or exceeding 28°C between June and early July this year. A record breaking series of wildfires have burned across parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Northern Ireland and Wales. This long, hot and dry summer has had a major impact on the UK but have we experienced this before? The summer of 1976 has been noted as the most memorable heatwave with temperatures hitting nearly 36°C and exceptionally dry weather lasting 16 months, starting in May 1975.