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Mike Kendon

Mike produces, analyses and presents information about the UK climate.

Mike is a climate information scientist within the National Climate Information Centre (NCIC). He develops tools and systems for UK climate products and services.

Current activities

Mike’s role within the NCIC team has recently focussed on developing automated climate monitoring products. Examples include a new format Daily Weather Summary a month so far monitoring system and tools for monitoring UK extremes. Mike has also developed software to extract and process UK climate observations held in the Met Office Midas database of historical observations, prior to gridding, providing consistency and traceability. The gridding datasets form a key part of the UK's climate record and include monthly temperature and rainfall extending back to 1910.

Mike has been lead author for annual State of the UK Climate reports from 2014. These reports provide an accessible, authoritative and up-to-date assessment of UK climate trends, variations and extremes based on the latest available climate quality observational datasets.

Mike also analyses noteworthy weather events affecting the UK (such as droughts, floods, storms, heatwaves and severe winter weather). These events are placed into historical context using station data and the UK’s climate grid archive. Examples of noteworthy weather across the UK include the 2010 to 2012 drought across England and Wales, the floods of summer 2012, the winter storms of 2013/14 and the exceptionally mild and wet December of 2015. The UK climate pages include summaries of past weather events  written by Mike. Mike also answers routine enquiries received by the NCIC team.

Flooding on the Somerset Levels 2 February 2014

Colleagues in the Met Office who make use of this information include the Press Office, Operations Centre, Climate Research and Chief Scientist. External customers for reports and observational datasets include the Environment Agency, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the Royal Meteorological Society, among others. Examples of recent publications are given below.

Kendon M, Marsh T, Parry S. 2013. The 2010-2012 drought in England and Wales. Weather, 68: 88-95 doi: 10.1002/wea.2101

Parry S, Marsh T, Kendon M. 2013. 2012: from drought to floods in England and Wales. Weather, 68: 268-274 doi: 10.1002/wea.2152

Kendon M. 2014. Has there been a recent increase in UK weather records?. Weather, 69: 327-332 doi: 10.1002/wea.2439

Kendon M, 2015. Editorial: The UK storms of winter 2013/2014. Weather, 70: 39-40 doi: 10.1002/wea.2474

Kendon M, and McCarthy M. 2015. The UK's wet and stormy winter of 2013/2014. Weather, 70: 40-47 doi: 10.1002/wea.2465

McCarthy M, Spillane S, Walsh S. and Kendon M. 2016. The meteorology of the exceptional winter of 2015/2016 across the UK and Ireland. Weather, 71: 305–313. doi:10.1002/wea.2823

Burt S and Kendon M. 2016. December 2015 – an exceptionally mild month in the United Kingdom. Weather, 71: 314–320. doi:10.1002/wea.2800

Career background

Mike has been working for the NCIC since joining the Met Office in April 2009. Before this, Mike spent 3 years working as a hydrologist for Halcrow Consulting Engineers, primarily working on hydrological assessments for flood risk management and water resource studies for the Environment Agency.

In 2004, Mike re-trained as a hydrologist, taking an MSc in Hydrology for Environmental Management from Imperial College, London (with distinction).

Mike originally graduated with a degree in Engineering from Cambridge University in 1996, and has spent several years in the construction industry, working as an engineer both on site and in the design office.

Mike's particular interest is in mountain weather and climate.

Mount Cook

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