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Met Office forecasts from World War I to now

commissions in the General List of Captain and Lieutenant respectively. The service was supported by the Meteorological Office in London which became operational 24/7 for the first time. Weather during the Battle of Passchendaele               Poor weather conditions during the Battle of Passchendaele

First day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916

Weather charts and observational data for the first day of the Battle of the Somme

The Meteorological Office was not involved in military forecasting from the outbreak of the First World War; its relationship with the British Army developed over the course of the campaign. Meteorological Office staff first entered the war zone after the Battle of Loos. They worked on the front

The Beaufort Scale

of the weather around the world and remains in use to this day, especially in marine forecasting. The complete Weather Diaries of Admiral Beaufort have been scanned and are available to view in our online Digital Library and Archive. They include references to various key events including the battle

World Wars

in the two World Wars. World War One The Met Office in WW1 - Ernest Gold and the First Operational Military Forecast 24 October 1916 First day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916 - synoptic charts and observational data for the first day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916 The Met Office


8 facts about fog

a year of its signature beer Atrapaniebla (meaning "Fog Catcher"). 4. Hiding in the fog On 27th August 1776, George Washington and his troops were fighting a losing battle against the British during the Battle of Long Island. Sensing they were beginning to be surrounded required an opportunity

Private Weather Diaries

diaries which are as fascinating for their insight into social history as for their meteorological content and also diaries which mention specific historical events such as news of victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. We also hold a selection of weather diaries produced by well known individuals

Service development

in the frontline can provide a battle winning edge. By applying Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC®) web services delivery technologies our information can be more closely integrated into military networks and mission planning systems.

The Met Office in WW1

of 1915 there was still no request to provide daily forecasts for the allied armies. This position changed during the Battle of the Somme in the summer and autumn of 1916. A wetter than average summer, particularly in August, in conjunction with the high water table around the Somme area combined

Foundations of Meteorology

of their times The Beaufort Scale - extracts from the private weather diaries of Sir Francis Beaufort, including the Beaufort Scale and Battle of Trafalgar Weather Lore - a brief guide to weather lore  Bottle Papers - used by the Admiralty and the Met Office to understand the direction and speed


Widespread snow January 2013

represents a battle between warm and cold air. The thin black lines (isobars) are lines of equal pressure. Closer spaced isobars give stronger winds. Another fall of snow affected southwest England and south Wales on the 22 and 23 January as mild Atlantic air battled with the existing cold air

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