Reuters article

A paper that I published last year with Tom Bracegirdle of British Antarctic Survey was picked up by Reuters today. First the press release was put on the front page of the International Polar Year web site, then I was called up by Reuters. The article can be found here. Here’s a list of sites to…

Pictures from a field trip

I have just uploaded a new photo album from a scientific cruise near Svalbard in the Arctic in March, 2008. We spent a week on a Norwegian coast guard icebreaker, deploying instruments for measuring radiation over the sea-ice and, more importantly, testing a tiny remote-controlled aircraft. This little thing can record vertical profiles of wind,…

Weather poetry

Anyone familiar with the work of Cormac McCarthy knows that he loves weather. His dark, disturbing and poetic desciptions of the desert landscape are filled with references to thunderstorms, shifting ambient lighting and even frost and snow. Here’s one of my favourite paragraphs: That night they rode through a region electric and wild where strange…

Polar low

The polar low season started early this year. In this picture, which was taken on Tuesday 28 October, 2008, we see a pretty specimen centered roughly over Shetland. This polar low is part of the first proper cold-air outbreak this winter, yielding October snow in London for the first time since the 1930s. The polar…

Cold-air outbreaks

My research is pretty much focussed on high-latitude weather, and things like polar lows [?] in particular. I’m currently writing a paper about marine cold-air outbreaks, i.e. large-scale departures of cold, polar air from over the sea ice into regions of relatively warm, open ocean. In these situations, the cold air sucks huge amounts of…

Poles apart

I recently submitted four images to an International Polar Year (IPY) photo exhibit. Note that they are all copyrighted. If you wish to use any of them, you must contact me first. 1. The intense energy fluxes from the ocean to the atmosphere are made visible by the clouds at the outskirts of a polar low. This…