New Met Office Supercomputer Announced for 2022

Ever wondered why your village was suddenly flooded by a thunderstorm the weather forecasters hadn’t mentioned? Or why they failed to warn you about the dense fog shrouding your home in the morning? The fact is that predicting the “big picture” of future conditions has got a lot better – Storm Dennis was spotted six days before it arrived. But getting local forecasts right – street by street and hour by hour – is still a massive challenge. And that might now change as the Met Office secures the help of a supercomputer project costing £1.2bn. Better forecasting means handling …

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A Met Office Rainfall Graphic – Does it Help?

Here’s a graphic released by the Met Office, attempting to illustrate the wet weather we’ve had in the first half of November 2019. Now, the first half of November has been pretty wet. In fact 85mm of rain has fallen on Gilesgate since the start of November, continuing the soggy 6 months we’ve had. I looked at the map and was surprised to see that the Durham was in the white area. Usually this means ‘around average’ on Met Office maps. I checked the key and it says that white represents between 75 and 125% of average. Now this surprised …

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