Why a green electricity grid depends on weather forecasts improving

Ramping up fossil power sources is no longer a good option in an energy-supply crisis. Bring in the weather forecasters.

Hannah Bloomfield, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Reading • conversation
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Beast from the East 2? What 'sudden stratospheric warming' involves and why it can cause freezing surface weather

Sudden warming more than 10 km above the north pole can mean sudden freezing down here.

Richard Hall, Research Associate, Climate Dynamics Group, University of Bristol • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~6 min

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Aerosols from pollution, desert storms, and forest fires may intensify thunderstorms

Researchers identify a mechanism by which small particles in the atmosphere can generate more frequent thunderstorms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 31, 2020 ~7 min

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Overshadowed by COVID: the deadly extreme weather of 2020

Many storms, heatwaves, fires and droughts slipped under the radar this year.

Wilson Chan, PhD Researcher in Drought Risk, University of Reading • conversation
Dec. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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To beat the winter blues, think like a Norwegian

This winter could be especially difficult because of COVID-19, but a researcher who's been studying the "Norwegian mindset" in colder months has a tip.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 23, 2020 ~8 min

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How British people weathered exceptionally cold winters

Food shortages, festivities and far-off fighting – Britain's coldest winters were among its most memorable.

Georgina Endfield, Professor of Environmental History, University of Liverpool • conversation
Dec. 23, 2020 ~7 min

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AI could mine the past for faster, better weather forecasts

Artificial intelligence could use past weather data rather than complex, costly physics calculations to deliver faster, more accurate weather forecasts.

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~6 min

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Why snow days are becoming increasingly rare in the UK

Since 1979, the average number of snow days has fallen by about five per decade.

Eunice Lo, Research Associate in Climate Science, University of Bristol • conversation
Dec. 17, 2020 ~5 min

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Will going out in the cold give you a cold?

Going out in the cold won't necessarily lead to you getting a cold. But cold weather in general is more hospitable to viruses, so it's wise to take steps to keep your immune system strong.

Libby Richards, Associate Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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