Image above by Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 Overall Winner - Gareth Mon Jones - Above My Expectations - Temperature Inversion / Cloud Inversion in Snowdonia at dawn
We are delighted to announce the Weather Photographer of the Year Winners and Runners up.
This year we had a really exceptional selection of photographs.
Winners 18 years and above:
Weather Photographer of the Year 2019, Overall Winner - £500 cash plus GoPro HERO7 plus RMetS membership for the year - Gareth Mon Jones
It is easy to think of sunburn as something that doesn't really happen in the UK, but it can and it often does. You don't have to be sunbathing to get sunburnt; it may happen while you are playing sport, walking or even working outdoors. To ensure you have fun in the sun either in the UK or abroad, we have put together a sun factfile to encourage you to enjoy the sun safely through the UK summer.
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.
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!
Relatively weak El Niño conditions persist in the south Pacific and are predicted to continue throughout the northern hemisphere summer and possibly into autumn and winter. El Niño has delayed the onset of the Indian Summer Monsoon by about 1 week.
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Tropical Cyclone Kenneth captured by NASA's Terra satellite. The eye of the storm is clearly visible. (Image: NASA WorldView2019)
Parts of southern Africa have been devastated by Cyclone Idai over the last week. The tropical storm has been described as the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere, with over 2 million people affected by extreme widespread flooding.
The Midwest has been hit by extreme freezing conditions this week. Parts of the Midwest will experience the coldest temperatures in over 20 years. A polar vortex which is causing extreme Arctic blasts could bring temperatures as low as -53°C.
Parts of Europe have been experiencing the worst snowfall in decades. There has been record-breaking snowfall in January in some parts of the Alps and hazardous conditions have led to dozens of fatalities across the continent.