Paper on polar lows submitted

Last week I submitted a new paper, where Tom Bracegirdle, Matthias Zahn and I used numerical models to study a “hurricane-like” polar low, to Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres. The title of the paper is: Re-examining the roles of surface heat flux and latent heat release in a ‘hurricane-like’ polar low over the Barents Sea, and here’s the…

Nice Christmas Polar Low

I just wrote about a polar low that dumped large amounts of snow on northern Norway during Christmas. Here’s a picture: And here’s the link to the full blog post: http://wp.me/p1iDnE-38

Forecasting of polar storms

My role in the research project that I work at is to explore the links between cold air outbreaks over the ocean and large weather patterns. Here’s a popular science piece I wrote on a recently published article: A new study represents a step towards better forecasting of severe weather in polar regions. Cold air…

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…