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‘Understanding the weather of 2010′ – RMetS National Meeting, Oxford

On Saturday I travelled to Oxford to attend a National Meeting of the Royal Meteorological Society. All members of ‘The Weather Club’ had been invited along to listen to a series of talks around the theme of ‘Understanding the Weather of 2010′.  Meteorologists from the Met Office, University of Reading, and University of Manchester reviewed the weather of the past year and put ‘unusual’ or ‘extreme’ events in an historical context.  We’ve experienced significant negative temperature anomalies during the last two winters, winter 2009-10 being the coldest since 1979, but it was not as severe as those experienced in 1947 (in terms of volume of snow) or 1963 or 1979 (in terms of persistence of snow). Care is therefore required in describing recent weather as ‘unprecedented’. The floods in Pakistan and the ash cloud of Eyjafallajokull also featured on the agenda.

 
 

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