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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.

Snow! theWeather Club Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:02

Swathes of the country were blanketed in snow on 10th and 11th December 2017, particularly Wales and large parts of England, as the Met Office issued yellow and amber warnings to many parts. The heavy snow led to power cuts, disrupted air, rail and road travel and resulted in hundreds of schools in England and Wales staying closed on the 11th.

UK weather review: Autumn 2017 theWeather Club Fri, 08/12/2017 - 10:53

Overall, autumn 2017 was rather unsettled, with temperatures close to average (mean temperature was just 0.1°C below the 1981-2010 average). 

Winter is coming theWeather Club Wed, 15/11/2017 - 12:07

The maps above show the UK winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) averages for 1981-2010. The analyses are based on 1 km grid-point data sets which are derived from station data (Source: Met Office)

As we approach the winter season and temperatures start to dip, we take a look at winter weather in the UK – what affects it, seasonal extremes, what an ‘average’ winter looks like and link to some ‘wintry’ articles of interest.

UK Weather review: Oct 2017

October was rather mild on the whole and unusually warm at times, with a mean temperature of 11.3°C, 1.8°C above the 1981-2010 average. It was also cloudier yet drier than average in many places, especially the south-east, with <25% of the average rainfall in some areas. Some parts of north and western Scotland, north-western England and Northern Ireland were, however, above average due to ex-hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian, the second storm of the season.

Met Office release ‘State of the UK Climate 2016’ report

The Met Office have released their 3rd annual State of the UK Climate report, which is an annual publication providing an up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

The report shows that 2016 was the 13th warmest year in records dating back to 1910. For the UK as a whole, 2016 was 0.5ºC warmer than average (1981-2010), whilst the last decade was 0.3ºC warmer and sunshine levels were 4% higher.

Was there actually a tornado? theWeather Club Thu, 17/11/2016 - 16:27

 

There have been reports of tornadoes across Wales and the Midlands over the last few hours, however there have been no actual sightings of a tornado or even any funnel clouds.