theWeather Club Newsletter Issue 26 Summer 2019

Summer newsletter 2019

Dear theWeather Club members,

Welcome to Issue 26 of theWeather Club e-newsletter - we hope this edition brightens up your soggy-start to summer (for most of the UK at least!)

In this issue we review the global climate of 2018, take a look back at the UK 2019 spring and focus on some major weather events across the globe over the past three months, exploring questions such as 'is the early May Bank holiday always a Washout?' and 'is the record number of wildfires so far in 2019 a further sign of climate change?' In Research News we explore whether marine heatwaves are putting biodiversity under threat, and examine Arctic communities' access to ice, land and water. 

The Science Lesson tackles 'Observing and Identifying clouds' whilst a climate Briefing Paper provides a succinct overview of solar variability (plus an accompanying podcast!). Our Weather and Climate Views sections, Eleanor Lashford from the Met Office, provides a first hand account of the preparation involved in providing the weather services for the Royal International Air Tattoo, and Caroline Coch summarises a Scottish school event which ran the 'Climate Negotiations Game' for students. In a new addition to the newsletter, we also take an historical look at a pertinent weather event: this time, its the 75th anniversary of the D-Day forecast by James Stagg.

Finally, we learn about taking photographs of lightning from an award-winning photographer - which is prefect timing! Why not try and catch some lightning strikes over the UK next week and enter them into our Weather Photographer of the Year 2019 competition?!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tara Thompson for co-producing the newsletters and running theWeather Club over the past 12 months. Catherine Muller has now returned from maternity leave and will be running theWeather Club going forward, along with Caroline Coch and other guest writers.

As always, we welcome your feedback. If there are any topics you would like us to discuss in the future please contact us at

We hope you enjoy reading!

Catherine & Caroline

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