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  • UK storm names revealed

    UK storm names revealed

    Last month the Met Office, together with Met Eireann announced plans to name UK storms in an attempt to raise public awareness of severe weather. In an announcement made yesterday, the full list of names has now been revealed. Having received thousands of responses from members of the public, a few of the selected names are Desmond, Eva,…

  • Steart managed realignment scheme - one of the largest in the UK

    Steart managed realignment scheme - one of the largest in the UK

    The Steart marshes – one of the largest managed realignment sites in the UK – were exposed to the sea for the first time ever over one year ago, and have recently been in action against the highest tides in over a decade. WWT Steart Marshes at high tide. The Bristol Channel is to the left and the River Parrett to the right. (c) Sacha…

  • The killing storm of 2005: a tragedy 10 years on

    The killing storm of 2005: a tragedy 10 years on

    On 11th January 2005, a storm with hurricane force winds tore through the Hebrides Islands. Tragedy struck when a family of 5 were swept away while driving across a causeway fleeing for safety, causing the highest number of fatalities during a single coastal flooding event since the east coast disaster of 1953. 10 years on, in an article published by The Guardian, residents of…

  • Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi: One of the most powerful cyclones to affect Australia

    Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi: One of the most powerful cyclones to affect Australia

    By Shari L. Gallop The vulnerability of Queensland to storm surges Queensland, Australia is vulnerable to storm surges due to the combination of: (1) the relatively high frequency of tropical cyclones; (2) wide continental shelf which can amplify surges; and (3) many low-lying cities and towns (Griffith University, n.d.). Most tropical cyclones impact the northern areas of Queensland, but they can affect southern…

  • 'Supertides' from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

    'Supertides' from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA

    ‘Supertides’ have been making headlines here in the UK this week, but concerns over flooding have been raised all over the world. Here are a few photographs taken last Saturday (26th September 2015) at 1300 (local time) by the marina in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA, courtesy of Digna Rueda of University of South Florida. The water level was unusually high, reaching the…

  • After the supermoon, comes the supertide

    After the supermoon, comes the supertide

    ..and high tides. Paul J Martin / Shutterstock.com By Ivan Haigh, University of Southampton and Kevin Horsburgh, National Oceanography Centre The city of Plymouth, on England’s south coast, normally has fairly moderate tides. However this week it will have a 6m “supertide” – the highest tide in 18 years. This comes just days after the…