Environment Agency: Climate change increasing UK flooding risks

Intense flooding will become more frequent in the UK as a consequence of climate change. The warning from the Environment Agency’ (EA) follows a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years, “linked to an increase in extreme weather events as the nation’s climate changes”. It adds as intense storms are becoming more frequent, […]

New partnership for renewable energy forecasting

A new partnership to advance research in renewable energy forecasting has been launched. Envision Energy has joined forces with the UK’s Met Office, the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and Aarhus University to collaborate on new methods and technologies for the project. Improving forecasting models can help increase the accuracy of energy […]

Hurricane Ophelia: Thousands of homes without power

Hurricane Ophelia is causing disruption across the UK and Ireland, leaving thousands of homes without power. Engineers from Electricity North West are working towards restoring power after the storm hit overnight. It restored power supplies to more than 16,000 properties through the night, however around 2,000 properties are still without power as flying debris hit […]

Could wind turbines provide more power on coldest days?

Wind turbines produce more power on the coldest days than the average winter day. That’s according to new research, which compared wind power availability with electricity demand in winter, suggesting while winter days are usually less windy, turbines work harder on the coldest days. The team, which involved scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre, […]

A new solar record for the UK today?

The UK could be heading towards setting a new solar record today. The control room at National Grid said it is “expecting very high solar output today, in excess of 8GW”. The previous record was set on the 10th of May this year, when solar generation stood at 8.4GW. Average power generated in the half […]

Met Office offers risk management tool for offshore projects

The Met Office has signed an agreement to offer its metocean risk management software for offshore projects. ForeCoast® Marine is a planning, visualisation and decision support tool which uses Met Office forecast data to reduce costs and metocean risks. Under the deal, JBA Consulting will offer ForeCoast® to its marine and offshore clients. The two […]

Met Office provides wind farm weather monitoring

ScottishPower Renewables has signed a contract with the Met Office to receive weather forecast information. The two-year agreement includes the use of a software that will allow the company to monitor and keep track of real-time and forecast conditions across its portfolio of wind farms. Called VisualEyes, it is an intuitive web-based weather monitoring and alerting system […]

UK Met Office supports German offshore wind farms

The UK’s Met Office will help Germany ensure the safe construction of wind projects. It has signed new contracts to provide weather forecast services to support secure development and successful commissioning of two German offshore wind farms. They will have a capacity of 332MW and 402MW each and are owned by Nordsee One and Veja Mate respectively. […]

Met Office: Global temperature rise to pass 1°C

Global temperatures are on course to pass the 1°C mark above pre-industrial levels. Data released by the Met Office and the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia revealed 2015 global mean temperatures at 1.02°C above levels recorded between 1850 and 1900. They added early indications suggest 2016 will be “similarly warm”. That […]

Storms steal power in south east England

There are 1,649 people still without power after storms swept through central southern England last night. Customers in areas ranging from Reading, to Southampton and the Isle of Wight are waiting to be reconnected, as of noon today (15 January). Forecasters at the Met Office had predicted the “volatile” weather at the start of the week […]