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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 […]

Observing the strong damaging winds of autumn and winter storms

July 21st, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Oscar Martínez-Alvarado Some scientists are weird people. Take me as an example. It is summer, the sun is shining out there. Yet here I am, longing for autumn and winter and the storms they bring. Don’t get me wrong. I still enjoy the sunshine, just waiting to go to the next BBQ. But while […]


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