Category Archive: Weather

Monthly patterns in Scottish snow (1946-2006)

There’s been a bit of a flurry on Twitter recently about April snow in the UK (see tweet below). My opinion is there’s often UK snow during April, but it happens to be… Continue reading

Scottish mountain snow: pre-viva talk

At Edinburgh University our PhD viva exams are behind closed doors, but we’re encouraged to present our work before the viva to help us to prepare. I gave my pre-viva talk today, in… Continue reading

Getting started with NetCDF – reading CEH GEAR

Last year CEH released an interpolated precipitation dataset for the UK call GEAR. You can read about this dataset here, or view slides presented at the 2014 BHS Symposium here. In short; these… Continue reading

Tapply on steroids – by (climate trends in Scottish seasons)

A while back I wrote a post on using the R tool tapply, which is my most popular post. Tapply allows you to repeat a function over a vector split into groups, e.g.… Continue reading

Rare snowmelt estimation (GB)

I read Hough and Hollis’ 1997 paper recently which uses Met Office synoptic stations to estimate a magnitude – recurrence relationship for snowmelt in the UK. i.e. how often do we get how… Continue reading

Warm October, cold winter?

A tweet flashed by a couple of days ago hoping that a warm October might indicate a cold winter: It’s a straightforward enough hypothesis, although one I think we all can agree seems… Continue reading