Latest news from the Department of Meteorology

Tosca’s kiss – the effects of energetic particles on the atmosphere

April 14th, 2014 : 01:00 AM

By Giles Harrison, Professor of Atmospheric Physics The Sun is usually thought of as a fundamental source of visible radiation, but it also provides both a source of, and controlling influence on energetic particles which arrive in the earth’s atmosphere. These enter the atmosphere all the time in the form of galactic cosmic rays, together […]

Successful launch of Sentinel 1

April 7th, 2014 : 09:38 AM

Sentinel 1 got off the ground successfully last Thursday, writes Dr Debbie Clifford (see http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/weather-and-climate-at-reading/2014/sentinel-a-new-chapter-in-climate-observation/). Launch was at 21.02 GMT from Korou, French Guiana: http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2014/04/Sentinel-1A_liftoff The satellite then successfully performed ‘a carefully choreographed 10-hour dance routine to open its large radar antenna and solar wings.’ During the launch, the 12 m-long radar and two 10 m-long […]

The lazy, hazy days of Spring …

April 2nd, 2014 : 05:06 PM

By Ellie Highwood, Professor of Climate Physics Whilst the winter of 2013/14 will be remembered for the flooding resulting from the passage of low pressure after low pressure across the UK, as we move into Spring we are facing the consequences of high pressure (or anticylonic) systems. These anticyclones have brought clear skies and warm […]


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