Winter 2020 – Extremely Mild for Europe?

Winter 2020 – Extremely Mild for Europe?

A note to mobile viewers: If your device has a ‘reader view’, I recommend it for the best viewing experience.   7th Jan 2020, temperatures in my home country of England widely reached 14 to 15°C. That’s what we consider…

Driving Forces Behind Australia’s Extreme Wildfire Season

Driving Forces Behind Australia’s Extreme Wildfire Season

In this blog, we will look at the causal factors behind Australia’s potent wildfire season 2019-20, including the role of long-term climate trends. This will, in fact, lead us to uncover ways in which ocean temperature patterns influence temperature and…

Festive Finalé: Will You Be in the Snow?

Festive Finalé: Will You Be in the Snow?

Look ahead to Europe and the US’s festive weather, while learning a little more about what makes a snow day…   Festive Flakes? Forecasters in Northwest Europe will be especially familiar with (if not tired of!) the phrase… ‘Will we…

Frost – Part 2: Darker Side

Frost – Part 2: Darker Side

Part one explored the bright side of frost, in its many wondrous forms. Now, we come to the more applied effects of frost.   Frost and Fragility First, I’ll quickly cover plants! The vulnerability of tender spring growth to frost…

Frost – Part 1: Bright Side…

Frost – Part 1: Bright Side…

If you’ve ever looked a little closer on a clear, cold winter morning, you might have noticed differences in frost patterns and formation: Find out where, when – and why – you’ll find crystalline, continuous and spiked frost manifestations…  …

Wet West-European Autumn 2019: Exploring Explanations

Wet West-European Autumn 2019: Exploring Explanations

It’s been a soaking wet Autumn for much of Europe. Many areas have seen between 150 and 200% of the long-term average rainfall (Figure 1). Parts of Spain have seen even larger surpluses; seasonal anomalies were near 250% for the…

Climate Change: A New Inconsistency

Climate Change: A New Inconsistency

James Peacock… our Head Meteorologist Takes a Look at The Intricate Realities of a Changing Climate in Weather Terms Climate change is not uniform between places and seasons. We assume warming is occurring, and as a trend, it is true…

Venice Flood of Nov 2019: How & Why?

Venice Flood of Nov 2019: How & Why?

Shocking scenes in Venice have made headlines far and wide this week. The legendary Italian city experienced its highest water levels in more than 50 years. Reaching 1.87 m (6 ft) above mean water at their peak, they submerged over…

Thanksgiving – Part II (Signs for 2019)

Thanksgiving – Part II (Signs for 2019)

We looked at some of the most disruptive Thanksgiving snowstorms of years past in Part I. Now, it’s time to turn forward. Let’s see which way the signs point for this year’s traditional celebrations. Snowstorm Signals for the Peak Travel…

Thanksgiving – Part I (History)

Thanksgiving – Part I (History)

A Legendary Tradition One of the United States’ greatest annual celebrations approaches – Thanksgiving. This long-standing tradition originated in Oct 1621 as a celebration, by the Pilgrims, of their first harvest in the New World. In 1789, it was adapted…

“Ice in November to Bear a Duck…”

“Ice in November to Bear a Duck…”

Every autumn in the UK, this phrase from old weather lore starts appearing on weather forums: “Ice in November to bear a duck, rest of the winter be slush and muck.” In fact, I’ve genuinely seen this used as a…

Hurricane Lorenzo: Things to Come?

Hurricane Lorenzo: Things to Come?

Between 3 and 9 am GMT on Sun 29th Sep 2019, Hurricane Lorenzo achieved peak sustained wind speeds of 160 mph, making it a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Just how strong is that? Well, the scale I just…

IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019

WHERE WEATHER MEETS SPORTS RECORD BEATING   Doha has been chosen as the conditions should be perfect to run fast times. Meaning world records guys. It might be assumed that in this desert location will leave competitors gasping for breath….

The Troubling Legacy of 2019’s Extreme Arctic Warmth

The Troubling Legacy of 2019’s Extreme Arctic Warmth

Through great efforts by researchers to raise awareness and understanding outside of scientific circles, it has become widely accepted that losing the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice cover would have serious negative ramifications. The 2019 sea ice melting season (mid-March to…

London & Paris Fashion Week 2019 – The Weather Is What You Wear

London & Paris Fashion Week 2019 – The Weather Is What You Wear

London Fashion Week: Friday 13 September – Tuesday 17 September Paris Fashion Week: Monday 21 September – Tuesday 3 October   In this first week of September, there’s a coolness in the air and daylight hours are drawing in. Seasonal…

The Arctic: The Fastest-Changing Climate on Earth

The Arctic: The Fastest-Changing Climate on Earth

Exceptional warmth in the Arctic regions has grabbed a lot of attention in 2019. Some regions have seen long-standing temperature records broken by wide margins. In many cases this has been tied in with sea and land ice loss on…

Weather Prospects: Cowes Week 2019

Weather Prospects: Cowes Week 2019

“Hurry up and wait…” told by a Sailor & a Meteorologist For this blog piece, I’ve teamed up with our in-house sailor Shaun Pammenter (MSc) to provide tailored insight on the regional and local wind patterns of the Solent. Conditions…

Spring 2019 Event Guidance Review

Spring 2019 Event Guidance Review

How Our Event Guidance Fared: Mar-Jun 2019 In the past four months, we’ve provided guidance individually for a variety of exciting events, via climatological data and expert weather pattern insight. We take a look back at when these hit home…

Baked Alaska: The How & Why

Baked Alaska: The How & Why

Just a week after record breaking heat affected Central and Western Europe, another exceptional heatwave is getting underway – in an unexpected location… Alaska. As of writing this on July 4th, it’s already breaking records, with more likely to fall…

Western Europe’s Extreme Late June 2019 Heatwave

Western Europe’s Extreme Late June 2019 Heatwave

A western-European heatwave of unprecedented intensity for the month, has already been breaking national June heat records as of 26th – and it’s set to reach even more extreme highs 27th-28th. Not only that, but it’s breaking some all-time records…

Weather Prospects: Wimbledon 2019

Weather Prospects: Wimbledon 2019

During international transitions, some things stay the same – while retaining inherent unpredictability. Such as Wimbledon. 1st-15th July, top-tier tennis players from far and wide will converge on London’s famous Wimbledon courts to take part in one of the oldest…

Why Has UK Weather Been So Wet & Why Will Showers Abate?

Why Has UK Weather Been So Wet & Why Will Showers Abate?

Part 2 of 2   Let’s Recap… As explained in part one, some disparate & distant weather systems came together to create unusual events and drenched UK citizens wistfully awaiting summer. Strong warming of the atmosphere well above our heads,…

Why is the UK Weather So Wet & When Will it Turn Drier?

Why is the UK Weather So Wet & When Will it Turn Drier?

Part 1 of 2   We look at how 2019 is bending the rules in weather pressure patterning, and why Indian Ocean thunderstorms mean you need to remember your umbrella. For the UK, the story of June 2019: Exceptionally High…

Weather Prospects: Glastonbury 2019

Weather Prospects: Glastonbury 2019

HOT & DRY HEADLINING or WET WEATHER on stage? In 2017 thousands of heady festival revellers experienced the hottest days in Glastonbury’s history. Yet coming one week after the summer solstice, and as much as we love it, mud baths…

D-Day 75th Anniversary: A Historic Weather Forecast

D-Day 75th Anniversary: A Historic Weather Forecast

During 2nd-9th June 2019, spanning the anniversaries of the battle of Normandy and D-Day (6th June), the Daks over Normandy events will launch a summer of celebration and remembrance. We find out how weather risk prediction played an essential role…

Why so wet and wild in the UK lately?

Why so wet and wild in the UK lately?

Since March got underway, there’s been a lot of wet and windy weather affecting the UK. Early today, things stepped up another gear in my locality, with my own back garden suffering some of the worst damage… I’m sure many…

The Stratosphere & The Polar Vortex

The Stratosphere & The Polar Vortex

This blog entry provides a quick overview of the stratosphere and the polar vortex. Both are of immense importance for understanding and forecasting Earth’s weather patterns.   Atmospheric Layer-Cake Earth’s atmosphere consists of five main layers, each with distinctive characteristics….

Stratosphere Warming Events

Stratosphere Warming Events

As detailed in my piece on the stratosphere and the polar vortex, the polar vortex is a vast atmospheric circulation that strongly influences mid-latitude weather patterns between mid-autumn and mid-spring. It doesn’t have an easy existence, mind. It’s frequently pushed,…

#InsiderLondon Conference: 28th Jan: Come & Chat to Us!

Visit our Stand Are you attending The Insurance Insider’s first conference of 2020?… Described as, ‘if you only had time to make it to one conference a year, an annual visit to Insider London would be sufficient to keep you abreast of…

Insider Quarterly Winter 2019

‘Fascinating and Controversial’: Feature article asking how can innovative weather analytics enable the insurance sector’s adaptibility in a rapidly changing climate?   In our article, described by Insurance Insider as ‘fascinating and controversial’, we ask: What are the realities of…

Welcome to our new website

Hopefully it helps you explore the amazing ways MetSwift’s new meteorological intelligence can change the way you access and understand future weather risk. Any ideas about further content you’d like to see? Just let us know… What else have we…

Award Winners: Best Use of AI in Underwriting

Insurance Times Tech & Innovation Awards On the 28th September we won the Best Use of AI in Underwriting, the Insurance Times Tech & Innovation Awards. The judges describes MetSwift as ‘a potential gamechanger for underwriting weather risks across complex…

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