Weather Watch

Floods, Bushfires and the Indian Ocean Dipole

The recent horrendous bush fires in Australia and the extensive flooding in East Africa are likely to have the same root cause – the Indian Ocean Dipole. We are currently seeing the strongest positive event that has been recorded in the last sixty years, but despite meddling with the world’s weather, the phenomenon is largely unheard of.

Weather Watch: When will it snow?

With temperatures in the UK today ranging from 13°C in Devon and Cornwall to 8°C in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland at 9am, wintry weather can feel a long way off so we thought we'd look at why it snows, when it snows and whether there is any on the horizon!

What are the requirements for snow?

There are three main requirements for snow, these are:

Weather Photographer of the Year 2019

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 

Staying safe in the sun: The whys and wherefores of sun protection

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.

Catatumbo ‘Everlasting’ Lightning

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

 

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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