All those ice bucket challenges going on right now have got me thinking about ice and how it creates some beautiful weather phenomena. The most obvious form that falling ice takes is hail. But it's the magical sounding diamond dust that I'll start with this week.
Since it's been so chilly of late (thanks to a northerly wind) I will try to warm you up with tales of a meteorological phenomenon nicknamed the Snow Eater. More properly called the Foehn - or Föhn in Europe, it was named after a Roman wind god and is nowadays synonymous with German hairdryers. Pretty apt for a warm, strong dry wind that blows down the side of a mountain.
Yes there was amazing music, yes there were unbelievable djs, yes the food was incredible. But for me, what made my first festival so brilliant, were these moments of 'festival love'. The sense of community that seemed to flow through and unite everyone there. We were all having the same experience.
It might seem strange for balls of ice to fall from the sky during summer but that's actually when hail is most common as there is more energy available at warmer times of year and this translates into bigger clouds.
We had some pretty decent weather in July 2014, making it the 8th warmest July in our national records, and it was also sunnier than average. It might not have been as warm as last July (3rd warmest) or indeed July 2006 (1st), but it's interesting to note that this July was the eighth month in a row with warmer than average temperatures for the UK. Will this warmer weather last for August, and could we get another scorcher?
Last time we discussed how and where thunderstorms form, this week it's all about lightning strikes, thunder claps and how to work out how far away a storm is.
There's plenty to be proud of when it comes to UK culture and our national image. And that's important as it attracts people from around the world to visit, study here and do business with us. The world may (wrongly this week) think that our weather's terrible - but the sun never sets on UK culture, and it shines all around the world.
Unlike many types of cancer, skin cancer is greatly affecting our young population. It's now one of the most common types of cancer in people between the ages of 15 to 34. And young people's behaviour in the sun, such as that captured by the Teenager Cancer Trust research, has got a lot to do with this.
We may dream about hot and sunny summer weather in the UK, but the truth is after a few days of heatwave conditions we can't wait for a good storm or two to clear the air... But how much do you really know about thunderstorms? How does that cute little fluffy cumulus cloud turn into a big threatening thunderhead?
The brain needs to be a fraction of a degree cooler than the rest of the body to achieve optimal sleep. If you're too hot this can stop you getting to sleep and staying asleep. Here are a few weird and wonderful tips to help you create this ideal temperature differential....
Thunderstorms are notoriously difficult to forecast with any precision. It is perhaps a little surprising that prediction of the timing and location of one of Nature's most dramatic events, poses an enduring problem for weather forecasters.
Have you ever looked up in the sky and wondered "What on earth is that?" I can still remember the first time I saw a little rainbow in the sky not far from the sun... what was I looking at? It's time to say Halo to optical phenomena...
Ad serving based on the weather conditions is nothing new, however it is about to become much more prevalent due to technological advancements... In the future, ad exchanges will enable advertisers to place different versions of an ad based on the weather.
Terrible winter? Blame it on the jet stream. Great summer? Praise be to the jet stream for being in the right place (i.e. not over the UK for a very pleasant change). But what exactly is this jet stream that everyone keeps talking about, and why does it have such a large influence on our weather?
Here in the UK we do like to moan about the weather. We especially like to moan if it exposes flaws in preparing for said weather, such as a dusting of snow crippling London's transport networks, or inadequate clean-up operations afterwards, as experienced in last winter's near-biblical floods.
The summer solstice has been and gone and the nights are drawing in. Sorry for that. But don't despair, we've still got another two months of summer left - so let's chat about sunlight, the significance of the UV Index and why the ozone layer plays a crucial role our relationship with the sun.