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Behind the folklore: St Swithin's Day: Does rain today really mean a ruined summer?

 

"St Swithin’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithin’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare"

In 1716, John Gay, the author of The Beggar's Opera, published a poem entitled Trivia: Or, the Art of Walking the Streets of London – a lengthy paean to the joys of striding around the capital (ironic considering his reputation as a corpulent and entirely sedentary man of letters). In it, and with typical élan, he poured scorn upon the age-old legend of 15th July - St Swithin's Day:

The Royal International Air Tattoo

Eleanor Lashford, an Operational Meteorologist from the Met Office, provides a first hand account of the preparation involved in providing the weather services for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). On Monday 9th July 2018, Eleanor and three other Meteorologists from the Met Office, headed to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire for RIAT 2018, famously known for being the world’s greatest and largest military airshow.

Does variation in the Sun’s output affect climate? theWeather Club Fri, 21/06/2019 - 11:32

We are excited to announce the publication of the 7th Climate Science Briefing Paper on Solar Variability, as well as an accompanying podcast. The Society's Climate Science Communication Group is producing a series of Climate Science Briefing Papers with the aim to clearly and concisely explain important aspects of climate science.

Catatumbo ‘Everlasting’ Lightning theWeather Club Thu, 20/06/2019 - 08:37

It occurs over the mouth of the Catatumbo River where it empties into Lake Maracaibo in Venuzuela, South America. Each year, over 1.2 million bolts of lightning are confined to the mouth of the Catatumbo River - the single highest concentration of lightning in the world.

The Catatumbo lightning, whilst not rare or unusual, is a  remarkable feature in that it persists in the same place night after night. Indeed, the reliability of the storms means that they have historically been used as a maritime navigational aid.

Lightning Photography – advice from award winning Photographer theWeather Club Wed, 19/06/2019 - 15:55

 

I am often asked, when people see my award winning image of colossal lightning strikes crashing down above Blackpool, how I captured it. The answer is not that I was simply lucky, although luck played some part, but that a number of things came together to make the shot possible. It was actually the first time I had ever photographed lightning!

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