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  • 'Unprecedented' storms and floods are more common than we think

    'Unprecedented' storms and floods are more common than we think

    The recent flooding in north-west England during December, described as ‘unprecedented’ by many sources, are more common than we think according to a group of scientists. Researchers from the Universities of Aberystwyth, Cambridge and Glasgow have drawn on palaeoflood deposits in the UK uplands to better place the 21st-century floods within the context of hundreds of years – far longer than more-commonly analysed river…

  • December 2015: Desmond, Eva and Frank cause flood chaos and despair

    December 2015: Desmond, Eva and Frank cause flood chaos and despair

    SurgeWatch focuses on coastal floods, but in view of recent events it’s relevant to discuss the severe non-coastal flooding that has dramatically impacted the UK this winter. Provisional statistics from the Met Office showed that December broke records for rainfall and temperature, with some locations unfortunate enough to be in the path of ‘atmospheric rivers’ (a phenomenon forewarned of by researchers…

  • Forecasters predict historic flooding along US east coast this weekend

    Forecasters predict historic flooding along US east coast this weekend

    The US east coast could be faced with historic flooding as a major storm coincides with the highest tides of the month this weekend. The National Weather Service in the USA has advised people along parts of the US Atlantic coast to take precautions and prepare for a major storm, with wind gusts slightly below hurricane level of around 50 mph possible.

  • Sea Level: A Liverpool View

    Sea Level: A Liverpool View

    A short video series recently made available by the University of Liverpool provides an interesting view of sea level science and the human implications of sea level change. Included are illustrations of human perspectives of sea level change, the history of sea-level measurements and current research on understanding past and present sea-level variability and projections for the future. The first of these videos, presented below,…

  • The first January hurricane in the North Atlantic since 1955

    The first January hurricane in the North Atlantic since 1955

    An unusual hurricane is currently over the North Atlantic – the first to exist in January since 1955 and first to actually form in the month since 1938. The tropical cyclone season in the North Atlantic is typically from June to November. Alex currently lies about 1000 km west of the Canary Islands and is expected to move northwards bringing stormy conditions to the…

  • Wettest December in over 100 years and the role of a changing climate

    Wettest December in over 100 years and the role of a changing climate

    December 2015 has been one of the wettest and warmest on record (based on observations since 1853), and has also been marked as the wettest calendar month since 1910. Unsurprisingly, this has raised thoughts over what factors may have influenced this record-setting weather, assuming it has been anything out of the norm to begin with. According to Professor Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist at the Met…

  • Scotland hit by heavy rain and flooding with record water levels

    Scotland hit by heavy rain and flooding with record water levels

    Flood water inundated the streets of Aboyne earlier this week after more heavy rain in Scotland. Source: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images Heavy rains last night have caused extensive flooding in parts of Scotland, with Aberdeen worst affected. People have been evacuated from their homes as emergency services respond to the continued deluge of rainfall in Aberdeenshire experienced since Storm Frank hit…

  • Is your property at risk of flooding?

    Is your property at risk of flooding?

    Currently, around 1 in 6 properties in England have a higher than normal risk of flooding. If you are interested in finding out if your property is among these, visit the website Check My Flood Risk here. The risk map is based on the presence and effect of all flood defences (from the sea and rivers), predicted flood water levels, and ground water levels.