The Met Office announced yesterday that:
Storm Katie is forecast to affect southern England and south Wales on Easter Monday
Anticipating the development of an area of low pressure, which will affect southern England and south Wales on Easter Monday, The Met Office has decided to name the storm Katie. This will be the 11th named storm since last autumn.
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This morning the Met Office issued yet another severe weather warning for South West England. Here's their map for tomorrow:
The worst of the rain will be north-east of here, but regarding the winds the Met Office have this to say:
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The Met Office currently has a yellow weather warning for wind in place for South West England for tomorrow:
Winds are already strong in many places though Sunday. However, west to southwesterly winds are expected to increase further during Monday. Inland gusts of 40-45 mph are possible, whilst gusts may exceed 50 mph along the north coasts of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
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The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1st until November 30th. Last year the first named storm of the season was called Arthur and he formed on July 1st. This year the first storm of the 2015 season is called Ana, and the United States National Hurricane Center first mentioned the as yet unnamed storm on May 3rd 2015:
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Following on from the floods earlier in the week another "super swell" is now heading in our direction from the North Atlantic.
Here's the Magic Seaweed surf forecast for 3 PM this afternoon (February 26th 2015):
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The Met Office has published a joint article with the Environment Agency about what it refers to as "super tides":
There has been a lot of media coverage about the potential impact of so-called ‘super tides’ which are due from today (Friday, 20 February) through to Monday.
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The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA for short) has published an article on the stormy weather we experienced over the winter. They say that:
In the North Atlantic [there have been] an unusually high number of hurricane-force storms. Between October 25, 2013, when the first hurricane-force event of the season occurred, and March 8, when the most recent one to date occurred, 43 unique hurricane-force events have blasted their way across the North Atlantic. Thirty of them underwent rapid intensification. The most intense system occurred on December 24, 2013; pressure in the heart of the storm dropped to 929 hPa as the storm lurked north and northwest of the British Isles.
and show this chart of wind speed anomalies over the North Atlantic compared to the 1981-2010 average:
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