Understanding the Weather of 2012

Date: Saturday 9 February 2013

Time: 11:00 - 16:00


The Manchester Museum, Kanaris Theatre, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, M13 9PL



This public meeting will review many of the high-impact weather events of 2012 and examine their underlying causes. The UK began the year facing drought conditions yet by the summer all attention turned to the incessant rain and the flooding that ensued. In North America however, a very hot summer and parched conditions meant a much reduced harvest. Hurricane Sandy’s landfall in November coincided with the US Presidential election and raised the issue of climate change in a campaign where it had been notably absent. Nothing exemplifies climate change more than the disappearance of Arctic sea ice, and 2012 saw record low ice coverage in mid-September.  The presentations will review key weather events of 2012, placing them in context and explaining why they occurred.

Registration is not required for this meeting.

Lunch will be available to purchase at Cafe Muse, which is situated on the ground floor of the museum.  Please note that it is half term week and the Cafe might be busy, so it maybe advisable to bring a packed lunch.

the Cafe  is  although it may be advisable to bring a packed lunch due to time contraints.  Please note that food and drink is not allowed into the Kanaris lecture theatre. 


This meeting is part of the Royal Meteorological Society National Meetings programme, open to all, from expert to enthusiast, for topical discussions on the latest advances in weather and climate. Non members are welcome to attend these meetings. Where seating capacity is limited, priority will be given to members.


Time No. Presenting author Title
11:00 Tim Hewson, UK Met Office Forecasting the weather of 2012 - from several months ahead to one hour ahead
11:40 Prof Geraint Vaughan, University of Manchester. The wettest drought on record.
12:20 Prof Chris Collier, NCAS School of Earth & Environment, University of Leeds Heavy rain and floods in cities
14:00 Prof David Schultz, University of Manchester The Extratropical Transition of Hurricane Sandy.
14:40 Prof Peter Knippertz; University of Leeds Saharan Dust Events.
15:20 Dr Helen Johnson, University of Oxford Arctic Sea Ice