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The hard task of understanding forecast errors

July 27th, 2015 : 07:45 AM

By Oscar Martínez-Alvarado For the past few months I have been thinking about differences between what the forecasts predict and what happens in reality and trying to understand how and why forecast errors develop. These questions might seem simple, but are … Continue reading

Can declines in Arctic sea ice impact the weather over Europe?

July 20th, 2015 : 07:45 AM

By Ruth Petrie Dramatic declines in Arctic sea ice have been observed over the past few decades. In the 1980s it was typical that at the September minimum there would be between 6.5 and 8 million km2 of sea ice; … Continue reading

I blame Spain and France!

July 13th, 2015 : 07:45 AM

By Ross Reynolds I was concerned to read this warning published recently in a national newspaper, partly because to roast me would require perhaps 200 °C for quite a few hours, but to boil the air (see lower down the … Continue reading


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