Every airport records weather data in the form of Meteorological Aerodrome Reports, or METARs. This is usually used in the very short term to help pilots and air traffic control manage a minute by minute situation and make adjustments to ensure that an aircraft takes off and lands safely. In addition, a METAR is used to write a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) for several hours ahead so that decisions can be made to account for inclement (or benign) weather conditions. Continue reading
With a cloud top height of 40,000-50,000ft and a diameter of anything from 500km to 1500km, tropical storms are difficult to fly over, divert around, or, even worse, to fly through!
Although tropical storms are not a constant phenomenon, they affect a large area of the Earth’s surface at various times of the year. Their seasonal occurrence has a major impact on aviation, and trade routes and popular tourist destinations, such as Florida, USA, Bali and Indonesia are affected. Continue reading
The Met Office have been working closely with Thomson Airways and their ski tour operators to improve the efficiency of their operations. Learn more about how we have been working in partnership, to deliver a bespoke service relevant to Thomson’s operations… Continue reading
As the UK’s designated Meteorological Air Navigation Service Provider, the Met Office Aviation team has a keen interest in the changing face of the Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry.
Last week we attended the World ATM Congress in Madrid Continue reading
A number of UK helicopter companies operate daily to offshore oil and gas platforms across the North Sea, Irish Sea and North East Atlantic. Their operation is vital to the oil and gas industry where rig workers are frequently transferred to and from these platforms. Continue reading
A big temperature contrast across America has led to a powerful jet stream driving low pressure systems towards the UK over the coming days, as shown in this short video.
So what is a jet stream?
Over the Earth’s surface there are large-scale wind circulations. The global circulation can be described as the world wide system of winds by which the necessary transport of heat from tropical to polar latitudes is accomplished. In each hemisphere there are three cells (Hadley Cell, Ferrel Cell and Polar Cell) in which air circulates through the entire depth of the troposphere. Continue reading
Whilst seemingly a rare event in recent years, snow is one of the few weather events that can effectively close an airport.
Why is that and how does the Met Office help airports to plan for snow events? Continue reading