Met Office

The new Met Office NWP visualiser beta

Well it’s now well past 12 o’clock so this article is not another April fool like the one I wrote earlier bemoaning the fact that the Met Office never release any of their NWP data. I received a comment from one of my readers this morning informing me...

Met Office to free up all its NWP data

In an unprecedented move the Met Office have decided to make all their NWP data available freely to the public in much the same way that the Americans have done with their GFS model. The news came as a large pink pig was reported to have made a...

Much of a muchness

I see Scotia Myopia is still alive and kicking down in Exeter. As far as I know you are allowed to use 280 characters in a Tweet these days – so why leave out the northwest Highlands and Islands? I wouldn’t mind so much if the statement they...

At a loss to know what to do with your self-isolation time?

Apologies for having another go but isn’t the digitising of rainfall records like these the responsibility of the UKMO? What have they been doing for the last 50 years since the introduction of mainframe computers and databases to digitise these records? No one, especially Jonathan Amos ever seem...

Frontal analysis

I thought that I would just take a look back at the history of this pesky cold front that’s been quasi-stationary for much of the last five days over the northwest of Scotland and try and get into the mind and thinking of the Great Oz Chief forecaster...

Spring retreat

After a very mild winter it looks like spring has been put on hold as a series of lows are forecast to run southeast from Iceland into Norway which will maintain a never ending supply of cold air from Greenland. That’s of course if this animation of the...

Rainfall totals for last 39 hours

The wettest spots exposed to the strong to gale force S’SW for the last couple of days look to have seen 60 to 75 mm of rain in the last 39 hours, that’s if my estimates from weather radar images are correct. Accumulations like this due to orographic...

Latest rainfall accumulations

This is a chart of estimated rainfall totals since 12 UTC on Monday that’s a period of almost 26 hours, the estimates look fairly reasonable when compared to the reported totals from the SYNOPs. The highest orographic rainfall totals are in the range 50 to 60 mm over...

A good example of just how patronising the Met Office can be

This is a good example of just how patronising the Met Office can be when they are wrong. Yesterday on Twitter they announced that there had been a 21.7°C diurnal range in temperature between a minimum of -6.0°C at Topcliffe in Yorkshire, and a maximum of the 15.7°C...

Wet, wet, wet

The models are predicting a wet start to the week across western Scotland, particularly on the Outer isles and Skye. The totals don’t look quite as dire in the 00 UTC run of the GFS as the 100 to 125 mm predicted in the yellow warning from the...

Where will the next high pop up?

Well we’ve had one fleeting high pressure, but that soon scooted off into the continent without taking up residence, will we get another? Well the ECMWF midnight run promises another again coming in from the west before moving to the north of IONA with a short northerly outbreak...

Good old Met Office

There are no warnings of strong wind in force today from the Met Office. But Meteoalarm reveals that’s not the case in other countries across Europe. Portugal have warnings issued for gusts of 75 kph on their coasts, Norway have issued warnings for coastal areas for mean speed...

Named storms and the Gale Index

This has to have been been the windiest autumn/winters of the last four across the IONA. There have been fived named storms up until going to press, three of them in February alone when it was particularly stormy, especially so at weekends for some reason. The bar chart...

A tale of two warnings

The only reason that I can see why almost identical warnings were issued for heavy rain across central Wales and central northern England, one amber and the other yellow, is that the Met Office thought that river Severn was more sensitive to more heavy rain than the rivers...

The most important number in the world

I calculate anomalies for both pressure and temperature each month in an application that I run in my old PC in my box room office using free gridded data that I download from NOAA. I can calculate anomalies for any period, I can even give you a chart...

“Unprecedented”- I don’t believe it.

Chris Fawkes was chatting to day on the 2.30 PM weather slot on the BBC News channel. This five minute chat can give you some insight to how each weathercaster thinks and occasionally it’s quite intersting to boot. Today Chris was going on about the “unprecedented” number of...

Storm Myriam

I reckon that this low in the Bay of Biscay at 12 UTC today is storm Myriam. At the moment it’s bringing north westerly gales to San Sebastian and the northeast coast of Spain. Rather surprisingly the storm was named by Meteo France and not Spain’s AEMet who...