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High Latitude Blocking Kicks Brings Hope(fully) And Begins To Lay Down The White Carpet

Written by on October 14, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
High Latitude Blocking Kicks Brings Hope(fully) And Begins To Lay Down The White Carpet

The maturing ‘high latitude blocking pattern’ we currently see may be a real tease to the winter weather lover like myself. I can hear the statement ringing in my ear, ‘if only it were December or January’, I get ya, I’m saying the same. This 500mb chart off the CFSv2 for the upcoming week and […]

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Storm Alex Batters France With 116 mph Winds & 3-Month’s Worth of Rain In 1-Day

Written by on October 12, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Storm Alex Batters France With 116 mph Winds & 3-Month’s Worth of Rain In 1-Day

Drive a powerful jet stream into a trough that’s surrounded by high pressure and you get STORM ALEX. A rapid deepener with severe and far reaching impacts across Europe. Finding itself directly beneath the ‘cloud hook’ and potential sting jet, the exposed island of Belle-Île-en-Mer off Brittany recorded a record wind gust of 116 mph while […]

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BREAKING COLD RECORDS: Is Northern Ireland Cheating Global Warming?

Written by on October 1, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
BREAKING COLD RECORDS: Is Northern Ireland Cheating Global Warming?

All we seem to hear about these days is record, unprecedented heat, floods, droughts and storms. I don’t think we can deny, our planet has warmed over the last 30 years. Whether man-made or otherwise, towns and cities never mind countries, we hear less and less cold records falling. Since about 2014, Northern Ireland’s climate […]

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Europe October 2020 Outlook (Lookback at Sept & What’s Ahead)

Written by on September 30, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Europe October 2020 Outlook (Lookback at Sept & What’s Ahead)

Like August and much of the summer, September has been a month of mixed fortune with settled spells interrupted by more unsettled. May and September are often thought of as being the ‘best month’s of the year’ but this didn’t really apply in 2020. Despite the UK see it’s first September 30C in 3 years […]

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Within 24-Hours, Parts of East Anglia Get’s Month’s Worth of Rain, Strongest Sep Gusts Since 1997 & Coldest Sep Day On Record

Written by on September 26, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Within 24-Hours, Parts of East Anglia Get’s Month’s Worth of Rain, Strongest Sep Gusts Since 1997 & Coldest Sep Day On Record

Low pressure developed over England along a notable southbound cold front and deepened into quite the cyclone over the North Sea and just offshore of East Anglia. This feature, visible on the below visible satellite images brought a wild past 24 hours for East Anglia and Southeast. It brought a triple whammy with within a 24 hour […]

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Teddy To Buckle Jet Stream Forcing -AO/NAO & Bring 1st Autumn Chill To Europe This Week

Written by on September 20, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Teddy To Buckle Jet Stream Forcing -AO/NAO & Bring 1st Autumn Chill To Europe This Week

The hyper active tropics is not only allowing amplification of the mid latitude pattern but driving highs into unfamiliar territory! The high latitudes! Hurricane Teddy looks to break away from the pack and run a due north course up into eastern Canada. This force high pressure north creating a downstream buckling and allowing the first […]

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NASA Declares Arrival of Solar Cycle 25 But Will It Present A Colder Winter For 2020-21?

NASA Declares Arrival of Solar Cycle 25 But Will It Present A Colder Winter For 2020-21?

This past week, NASA revealed that solar cycle 25 has officially begun and that cycle 24 ended back in December 2019 when it reached a minimum. Solar cycle 24 reached it’s maximum back in April 2014. Solar cycle 23 ended and cycle 24 commenced back in late 2008 with Britain’s coldest winter since 1978-79 occurring […]

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England Eyes 1st Sept 30C Since 2016 While 120mm Of Rain Soaks Highlands

Written by on September 13, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
England Eyes 1st Sept 30C Since 2016 While 120mm Of Rain Soaks Highlands

We have quite the interesting weather pattern this weekend thanks to low pressure to the north and high pressure to the south and a strong zonal jet stream roaring in between. Here was this afternoon’s visible satellite imagery below showing cloudless skies over southern Britain while gale-force winds and persistent rain affected Scotland, even Northern […]

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Europe September 2020 Outlook (Brief summer 2020 recap)

Written by on August 31, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
Europe September 2020 Outlook (Brief summer 2020 recap)

The summer of 2020 will likely be remembered for the period between July 30 and August 10. It was between these dates an this brief period in which historic heat occurred. Otherwise it was a rather changeable and often cool, damp summer. Here’s how the 500mb geopotential height anomaly has looked for summer 2020. In […]

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UK’s Low Pressure Dominated Summer 2020 Ends Stormy!

Written by on August 24, 2020 in Rest of Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland with 0 Comments
UK’s Low Pressure Dominated Summer 2020 Ends Stormy!

Summer 2020 will be remembered as ‘very changeable’ but with extremes of wet, cool and hot. In terms of 500mb pattern, the summer forecast has been good with low pressure the rule. Actual 500mb geopotential anomaly from 1 June – 10 Aug. While June was slightly warmer-than-average, July was slightly below average and as forecast, the […]

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