The Met Office Book of the British Weather

Author: The Met Office

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780715336403

Category: Great Britain

Page: 160

View: 9655


This is a unique and entertaining reference to the British weather presented in a series of colourful maps showing every aspect of national and local weather throughout the year.

History of the Meteorological Office

Author: Malcolm Walker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139504487

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 4567


Malcolm Walker tells the story of the UK's national meteorological service from its formation in 1854 with a staff of four to its present position as a scientific and technological institution of national and international importance with a staff of nearly two thousand. The Met Office has long been at the forefront of research into atmospheric science and technology and is second to none in providing weather services to the general public and a wide range of customers around the world. The history of the Met Office is therefore largely a history of the development of international weather prediction research in general. In the modern era it is also at the forefront of the modelling of climate change. This volume will be of great interest to meteorologists, atmospheric scientists and historians of science, as well as amateur meteorologists and anyone interested generally in weather prediction.

Climates of the British Isles

Present, Past and Future

Author: Elaine Barrow,Mike Hulme

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317973755

Category: Science

Page: 500

View: 2072


Our understanding of climate and its role in human affairs has changed markedly over recent years, as have climate observation systems and modelling capabilities. Reliance on recent weather statistics to provide a guide for future climate is no longer viable. Evidence of human-induced climate change has placed climate high on political and the media agendas. Climates of the British Isles provides a comprehensive account of what we know about climate and changing climates at the end of the twentieth century. Integrating the historical and geographical dimensions of climate, the crucial link between past and future climatic conditions is examined through the geographical lens of the British Isles. Climates of past ages are reconstructed and full descriptions of present climate are illustrated by a wealth of graphs, maps and images. Important climate data sets are provided. Marking the twenty-fifth anniversary of the internationally acclaimed Climatic Research Unit, this book distils much of the leading research of present and recent members of the unit and presents an authoritative, accessible view of climatic change and prospects for the next millenium and beyond.

The Complete Countryman

A User's Guide to Traditional Skills and Lost Crafts

Author: Alan Titchmarsh

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409070808

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 386


In this comprehensive and practical guide to the countryside, passionate and hugely knowledgeable countryman Alan Titchmarsh explores the heritage of rural Britain, its landscapes and wildlife, its traditions, customs and crafts. He'll look at the beauty of chalk downland, offer a checklist of British butterflies and where to find them and show how to make moth traps and wildlife ponds. He'll identify the best breeds of cattle for meat and milk, explain how best to look after a pig and the secrets of a successful small holding. From keeping chickens to dressing a stick, from dry-stone walling to creating a wild flower meadow, the essence of country life and the best places to encounter it will be identified in this celebration of the British countryside and its delights, skills and treasures. Lavishly illustrated, beautifully produced and information packed, The Complete Countryman will be an inspirational showcase for all that is best about rural Britain and will reconnect us with its wonderful wise ways.

Regional Climates of the British Isles

Author: Julian Mayes,Dennis Wheeler

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134771444

Category: Science

Page: 390

View: 4229


Global climate and the effects of global warming are commanding unprecendented interest as climates grow more dynamic and changeable. How does global warming change patterns of climate? Why is the weather and climate of the British Isles so variable? Regional Climates of the British Isles presents a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the diverse climate of the British Isles. Examining the ways in which regional climates evolve from the interplay of meteorological conditions and geography of the British Isles, leading climatologists provide detailed explanations of the climatic characteristics of eleven regions of the British Isles. Climatic distinctiveness and local weather contrasts are described for each region, together with a summary of climatic data from 1961 to the present. Reviewing the history and causes of climatic change and evaluating regional models, Regional Climates of the British Isles offers an important analysis of climatic variations. Examining future climatic change and its likely consequences, the authors acknowledge the need for regionally diverse responses to the greenhouse effect.

A Climate of Change

Author: Bill Giles Obe,John Teather

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781539406457


Page: 248

View: 5084


Weather is a national obsession. It is well-known to be the first topic in any conversation. It either delights or depresses. When we have long hot periods we look for rain, and after the rain we seek the sun. Our weather in the UK is a topic of conversation throughout the world as it illustrates the stoic nature of the British! Nobody who lives on our island is excluded from the effects of our weather, be it a mother hoping for sun on her daughter's wedding day, to those caught in the recent flooding, to those who daily live their lives with the weather such as farmers and fishermen. Ever since the first radio broadcasts by the BBC in 1926 weather was a feature. Even when the first public Television service started in 1936 it included a weather forecast. Then in 1954 the BBC introduced the first weather TV forecast with a 'weatherman'. Today we take for granted our weather forecasts not realising the technological and presentational changes that have taken place over the years. Good television always looks easy, because all of the elements come together to produce a result that is more than the sum of all its parts. The journey from 1954 to today involved a whole range of innovations for both the Met Service and the BBC, not only technical, but understanding how to communicate our very complicated atmosphere in a way that 'the man in the street' could readily understand. Bill Giles OBE, one of the nation's best-known weather presenters, and John Teather, the founder of the BBC Weather Centre worked together to revolutionise how weather was presented and turn the BBC and the UK Met Office into world leaders in this field. Their new book is not a history lesson, but a 'peep behind the curtains' at the world of broadcast meteorology, sometimes fraught, many times difficult, often funny and always challenging. It reflects the personalities such as Fish, McCaskill, Kettley and Charlton who were household names. It explores two of the nation's great institutions - The BBC and the Met Office as they both struggled with enormous internal change. It is a book that doesn't fit in the normal categories. To make excellent broadcast weather reports takes many different resources and talents and perhaps this book is a reflection of this many faceted approach. Not autobiography, not history, not scientific paper, not tales out of school, not learned journal - but simply an exciting journey. But the book also shows how a shared vision of two very different people, from entirely different backgrounds, can work together to realise a dream and take on the world.

Understand The Weather: Teach Yourself

Author: Peter Inness

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444132016

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 807


Understand the Weather is a comprehensive and practical guide to the workings of the atmosphere. It will ensure that you not only understand what causes changes in the weather on a local, national and global scale but that you can also fully interpret weather broadcasts and are able to make your own predictions. Packed full of case studies, this book will explain both the weather we experience daily (winds, cold fronts, rain and shine) and the extreme weather that makes the headlines all too often (El Nino, Hurricane Katrina, floods). It will also focus on climate change and its effects - how will our weather be different in the future? Whether your job or leisure pursuits rely on the weather, or you just want to understand more about it, this book is ideal. NOT GOT MUCH TIME? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. AUTHOR INSIGHTS Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE Extra online articles at to give you a richer understanding. FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. TRY THIS Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

Strangely Warmed

Reflections on God, Life and Bric-a-Brac: The Mowbray Lent

Author: Andrew Rumsey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441130640

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 4476


A collection of short pieces designed to be read on the bus or in the bath, as one would a magazine column. Each piece takes a wry look at the world and reflects on the questions of faith that arise from the everyday -- the advertising slogan, the church jumble sale...Drawing on the ingredients of scripture, theology and philosophy, Strangely Warmed aims to make serious doctrinal points with a lightness of touch, offering bite-sized morsels to be enjoyably chewed over, in the hope that this will lead to a deeper reflection on, and appreciation of, Christian faith.

Oxford Weather and Climate Since 1767

Author: Stephen Burt,Tim Burt

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198834632

Category: Oxford (England)

Page: 544

View: 9334


The British have always been obsessed by the weather. Thomas Hornsby, who founded the Radcliffe Observatory in Oxford in 1772, began weather observations at the site. They continue daily to this day, unbroken since 14 November 1813, the longest continuous series of single-site weather records in the British Isles, and one of the longest in the world. Oxford Weather and Climate since 1767 represents the first full publication of this newly-digitised record of English weather, which will appeal to interested readers and climate researchers alike. The book celebrates this unique and priceless Georgian legacy by describing and explaining how the records were (and still are) made, examines monthly and seasonal weather patterns across two centuries, and considers the context of long-term climate change. Local documentary sources and contemporary photographs bring the statistics to life, from the clouds of 'smoak' from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the most recent floods. This book explores all the weather extremes, from bitter cold winters to hot, dry summers, bringing to life the painstaking measurements made over the last 250 years.