Fronts, jets and pressure [Episode 19]
Niall and Doug are joined by Chief Operational Meteorologist Eddy Carroll to discuss fronts, jets and pressure – and a whole host of other dynamic atmospheric elements that influence our weather --- --- They kick off with a look at general circulation, average flow, cells and weather systems. And that is just for starters, so pay attention, it is learning time. ---
Weather and health [Episode 18]
In this month's podcast the team diagnose the relationship between weather and our well-being --- --- The regular podcast team are joined by Rachel McInnes, a vegetation and climate expert, to explore the various ways that weather can impact our health. --- -- Starting with how hot and cold temperatures affect our physical health, we explore how weather also impacts our mental health, before delving into the interesting world of pollen and looking at what causes hayfever. --- --- You can...
Weather lore - from lying cows to fishy birds [Episode 17]
In this month’s episode podcast regulars Claire, Doug, Jeff and Catherine delve into the surprisingly broad subject that is weather lore --- --- From observing animal behaviour to watching the colour of the sky, our ancestors have employed many different techniques to forecast weather --- --- The team investigate a variety of examples of ancient weather lore and discover that whilst some appear to be based almost solely in fantasy, many sayings and proverbs from history have a startling...
Fog beer, fog lights and a fog named Karl [Episode 16]
Podcast regulars Doug McNeall and Claire Witham are joined by Ian Boutle to wade through the dense subject that is fog. --- --- As is tradition we start with the burning questions – what is fog? Is it really just a cloud? When does a cloud become fog? When is fog really just a cloud? What is the difference between fog and mist? We take a stab at all of them --- --- We then delve deeper into the subject, touching on smog and other types of fog. Then on to famous fogs from around the world,...
A quick spin round the carbon cycle [Episode 15]
In today’s episode climate modeller Chris Jones joins the regular podcast team to take us on a tour of the carbon cycle. --- --- We hear how carbon travels round the Earth system, where it comes from, and how it affects the climate and weather we experience. --- --- We also hear about Chris’ new paper on “negative emissions” – how drawing down carbon from the atmosphere might help us combat climate change, and how the carbon cycle might go from being a help, to being a hindrance. ---
Taking the temperature of the Earth [Episode 14]
In this month's episode Mostly Weather returns after a short hiatus to tackle its first climate related topic. --- --- Podcast regulars Niall Robinson, Doug McNeall and Claire Witham are joined by climate scientist John Kennedy, an expert on global temperature records. --- --- We’ll find out what it takes to measure global temperatures, why they’re such an important piece of evidence in our understanding of climate change, and why buckets turn out to be crucial. ---
The Mostly Weather Hall of Fame – Sir Francis Beaufort [Episode 13]
In this edition of our Mostly Weather Hall of Fame series, we are taking a look at the fascinating life of Sir Francis Beaufort. --- --- Podcast regulars Claire Witham and Jeff Norwood Brown are once again joined by Met Office archivist Catherine Ross to discuss another important figure in the history of meteorology.--- --- Starting life as a naval officer, Beaufort later went on to devise the Beaufort scale in 1805 – the measurement for wind speed that is still used today.--- --- All of...
The Mostly Weather Hall of Fame - James Stagg [Episode 12]
Our second inductee into the Mostly Weather Hall of Fame is British Royal Air Force meteorologist James Stagg - a man responsible for one of the most important wartime weather forecasts --- --- Regular podcasters Jeff Norwood-Brown and Claire Witham are joined by Met Office's archivist Catherine Ross to take a look his achievements and some of the detail of the D-Day offensive and how Stagg's forecast played a role in its success. --- --- To check out some images of items mentioned in this...
Weather & the Arts – From Shakespeare to Sharknado [Episode 9]
Ever wondered how accurate the climate science behind blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow is? Or which type of weather is mentioned most frequently in popular music? If so, this is the episode for you. --- --- For episode 9 of the Mostly Weather podcast regulars Niall, Claire, Jeff and Doug take a look at how weather crops up across the arts. From books to films, from music to art, the team break down some of their favourite examples. --- --- You can find all the trailers, clips and...
How a Weather Forecast Works - Communicating the forecast [Episode 8]
Over the last three months we have been taking an in-depth look into the process behind creating a weather forecast - starting at how we take observations of the weather, then on to the creation of the forecast itself and ending, in this episode, with an investigation into how we actually communicate the weather forecast after it is made --- --- Podcast regulars Doug McNeall, Niall Robinson and Jeff Norwood-Brown are joined in this episode by ex-BBC weather presenter, press officer and...
How a Weather Forecast Works - Generating the forecast [Episode 7]
Episode 7 of the Mostly Weather podcast marks the second of a three part series, taking you through the weather forecasting process from start to finish --- --- For show notes which feature some great images of some of the topics discussed in this episode, go to - http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/mostly-weather/episode7 --- --- In this episode, regular podcasters Doug McNeall, Niall Robinson and Claire Witham are joined by Deputy Chief Operational Meteorologist, Laura Gilchrist - to investigate...
A pig with six legs and other clouds [Episode 2]
What's the official name for a pile of clouds? When does a cloud droplet becomes a rain droplet? In this month’s Mostly Weather, Met Office podcasters Niall Robinson, Claire Witham and Doug McNeal answer these questions and more as they take on the considerable subject that is clouds – looking at everything from awe inspiring convective clouds in Korea, to the infamous six legged pig. For more information on this episode and most importantly, to see a picture of the pig with six legs, go...