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West Australian heatwaves and bush fires

November 30th, 2015 : 05:30 AM

By Mike Blackburn As winter begins in Reading and snow already blankets the Alps, turn your thoughts for a moment to the southern hemisphere where extreme heat and bush fires are among the concerns of Australian forecasters at the beginning … Continue reading

First snow of winter … brr!

November 24th, 2015 : 11:46 AM

By Tom Frame Following on from Chris Westbrook’s excellent exposition on the beauty of snow flakes, nature has been kind enough to provide many of us with our first snowfall of the winter this weekend – Reading included (if only … Continue reading

Snowflakes – not just a pretty picture!

November 16th, 2015 : 05:30 AM

By Chris Westbrook The slow, inexorable approach of Christmas means that Christmas adverts are now increasing in frequency at an incredible rate. Nauseating John Lewis offerings aside, we are going to be seeing a lot of snowflake-based imagery over the … Continue reading

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One hundred years of Reading weather

Public Lecture, Feb 2016