In the Spotlight Weather Orange skies and dusty cars? Blame it on Saharan sand 16 March 2022 Sand from the Sahara can reach the UK, bringing vivid orange skies and dusty cars. But how does it get here? Weather Animal magic 02 February 2022 Croaking frogs, huddling sheep and cows lying down. There are plenty of tales about animals forecasting the weather, with 2nd February a key date for the end of winter predictions. Climate In the Spotlight Weather Quest to the Forbidden Plateau 27 January 2022 In December 2021, on the centenary of the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, a group of eight intrepid explorers arrived at Portal Point in the northwestern Antarctic Peninsula. But would their mission succeed? In the Spotlight Weather Tongan eruption sends atmospheric shockwaves around the world 20 January 2022 The impact of the violent volcanic eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai was felt around the globe, with barometers in the UK recording pressure changes from the atmospheric shockwaves. In the Spotlight Weather Highs and lows of daily temperature records 29 September 2021 During summer heatwaves or severe winter cold spells, everybody wants to know if such high or low temperatures are unusual, or indeed record-breaking. Given that unseasonably warm and cold spells affect the UK most years, this interest in climatic extremes is nothing new. But creating the official list of daily temperature records for the UK was no easy task. In the Spotlight Weather Martian Meteorology 16 August 2021 Mars, one of our nearest neighbours, is a fascinating, alien world. With NASA hoping for human missions to Mars in the 2030s, what kind of weather could visiting Earthlings expect? Citizen Science Weather Flying Ant Day 09 July 2021 Did you know that rainfall radar can be hoodwinked by swarms of flying ants? Over several days each summer, we witness “Flying Ant Day” when ants take to the air to mate and disperse. Climate Climate Modelling 15 December 2020 How is Earth’s climate modelled and how does modelling help our understanding?’ Climate Armagh Observatory - An Inclement Month 16 September 2020 The Armagh Observatory has reported that August 2020 was the wettest August in Armagh for 12 years. This summer has also been reported as the dullest for 33 years at the Observatory as well as the wettest for 8 years and the coolest for 5.