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Severe weather response by TfB

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Via Bucks County Council Eight Transport for Buckinghamshire teams have been dealing with severe weather call-outs since 6am today (Monday October 28). They have responded to reports of fallen trees in more than 100 locations (correct at Monday 10.45am) across the county. A road at Willow Bank, Denham, where a tree fell on telephone lines, has been closed for safety reasons. There has been one report of minor flooding and a fallen tree in Farnham Lane, between Burnham and Farnham Royal, which was […]

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The weather. QE. How can clever people be so wrong?

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As The Telegraph reported, in March the Met Office “slightly favoured drier than average conditions for April-May-June”. Yet we’ve had more rain than since records began. How could clever people be so wrong? Famously, the climate is a complex system. The usual example of how small changes in initial conditions can lead to large changes later is the theoretical hurricane caused by a butterfly flapping its wings. Complex systems can appear chaotic: the way they develop is so sensitive to their every detail […]

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Discussing the severe weather on Radio 5 Live

Last night, just after 10pm, I appeared for the first time in a live national interview with Stephen Nolan on Radio 5 live to discuss the severe weather. Thousands upon thousands of people have had a miserable time over the past few days: it’s an important issue. We covered quite a lot of ground, but I made these three key points: This exceptionally severe weather has also caused chaos across Europe (FT.com – £): the UK is not alone. When […]

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Coping with heavy snow (or why I am a winter tyre bore)

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The Royal Air Force used to send me to Bardufoss in Arctic Norway, in winter. I learned there that, if you want to drive on snow, use winter tyres and, if you want to drive on ice, have studs in them. The point was hammered home when we went to Ørland near Trondheim, south of the Arctic Circle, for a month from mid-September. We drove there in British cars, using the ferry from Newcastle to Bergen, and of course they were […]

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