Sever winter storms ahead?

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Do you work with an Angus, Conor or Ewan? Or is there someone in your social circle called Barbara, Doris or Fleur? If so, you could be left cursing them in the months ahead because these are the names that have been chosen for the first six winter storms that will hit the UK and Ireland this autumn. 

Last year the Met Office and Met Éireann (Ireland) ran a joint pilot scheme to name storms in autumn/winter of 2015-16. They invited the pubic to suggest names for wind storms with the potential to cause substantial impacts and received such a great reception that they are repeating it for the coming autumn/winter. And this time around they are going to include severe storms that will bring rain and snow as well as wind.

Last year’s season got under way with Storm Abigail in November and this year it will be Storm Angus, but we’re not quite sure when yet!
The Met Office said that by naming storms more people were made aware of the approaching threat of severe weather and were able to act on this information. A YouGov surve

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Indian summer

Posted on: September 7, 2016

As we experience one of the hottest Septembers on record, are we correct to refer to it as an ‘Indian Summer’?

Often when we experience a warm period of weather during the Autumn months, we hear it referred to as an 'Indian Summer', but what exactly does this mean and where does the phrase come from? 

The Met Office Meteorological Glossary, first published in 1916, defines an Indian summer as 'a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in Autumn, especially in October and November.'

The exact origins of the phrase are uncertain. It may originally have referred to a spell of warm, hazy autumn conditions that allowed Native American Indians to continue hunting. The first recorded use of the phrase appears in a letter written by a Frenchman called John de Crevecoeur dated 17 January 1778. In his description of the Mohawk country he writes "Sometimes the rain is followed by an interval of calm and warm which is called the Indian Summer."

The term was first used in the UK in the early 19th cen

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