Latest news from the Department of Meteorology

Heating up for a new academic year

August 25th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Maarten Ambaum When most “normal” people are enjoying their holidays, many academics are gearing up for the next academic year. Come October, when our new students sit expectantly in the lecture halls, we need to present them with the latest and greatest in atmospheric science. I have the privilege of teaching our MSc students […]

Summer rain showers – a forecast (communication) challenge?

August 11th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Andrew Barrett I, like many others, check the likely weather for the coming days on a website which provides an hour-by-hour forecast of the weather in Reading. There are many such websites, each shows a different forecast because their data comes from different sources or they tweak the forecast for each location in a […]

Floods, Famine, Frosts … and Frankenstein

July 28th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Nicholas Klingaman No one who lived through the extreme climate of 1816 understood what caused the months of seemingly endless rain in Europe, the June snowstorms in New England or the severe drought in the eastern U.S. that convinced many farmers to sell their land and move west. All they knew was the weather […]


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