Following discussions with the CAA, we were asked to generate a new forecast product designed specifically for helicopters operating over London’s controlled airspace. The driver for this was a safety recommendation in the AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) report issued following the Vauxhall helicopter crash in 2013. Continue reading
The link goes both ways
When most people hear the words ‘climate change’ and ‘aviation’ in one sentence, they tend to think of the impacts that the aviation industry has on anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change. However, at the Met Office we are also interested in how changes in our climate may affect aviation. Continue reading
With weather warnings for strong gale force winds affecting many areas of the UK today, we take a look at what makes the wind blow and the differences between small and large scale winds… Continue reading
Take a look at the weather happening around the world this week, headlines include potentially disruptive conditions in Mexico, India and Europe…
Take a look at the weather happening around the world this week, including Tornadoes in USA and severe storms in Europe…
What is a thunderstorm?
Generally thunderstorms require three conditions to form: moisture, instability and lift. They are produced by cumulonimbus clouds which are created when warm, humid air is lifted. As the air is lifted it cools and the moisture in the air condenses to form a cloud. If the air continues to rise the cloud will grow taller and water droplets in the cloud grow in size. Continue reading