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Met Office brainstorms UK bad weather,
titles THE GUARDIAN – 13.
June 2013
A report by Leo Hickman: “Climate scientists and meteorologists are meeting next week to debate the causes of UK's disappointing weather in recent years”.
Posted 14. June 2013 (ocl_7-9)

THE GUARDIAN (13/June): “ Washout summers. Flash floods. Freezing winters. Snow in May. Droughts. There is a growing sense that something is happening to our weather. But is it simply down to natural variability, or is climate change to blame?

Fig. 1; UK  Spring 2013

To try to answer the question the Met Office is hosting an unprecedented meeting of climate scientists and meteorologists next week to debate the possible causes of the UK 's "disappointing" weather over recent years, the Guardian has learned. 

The "roundtable workshop" will attempt to outline the "dynamical drivers of the cold spring of 2013", but attendees are expected also to debate the "disappointing summers of the last seven years".  
Link to Met Office 30 May 2013 “Coldest spring for more than 50 years” :

Our first comment today will focus on the dynamical drivers in recent weeks, which had been sub cold in Western Europe and contributed to the extreme flood in Central Europe during the last two weeks.
Fig. 2; UK May 2013
Once Met-Off. has something to say about other disappointing summers recently, it will be recorded accordingly.


Cold Spring of 2013?
Only to reckon the NE-Atlantic and North Sea !

Since early March 2013 the northeast Atlantic and the North Sea are unusual cold [HERE]. The extreme anomaly continued in April [HERE]. During both months the Baltic Sea remained below average sea water temperatures (SST), but less severe as in the North Sea . That changed in early May [HERE]. Since then extreme difference established between the two seas during the last four weeks. The North Sea remained cold. The Baltic Sea SST rose well above normal (Fig. 3-6).  Also SST west and south of the UK remained low. A main culprit in an unpleasant spring is too low SST around Great Britain .

Fig. 3; 13. April 2013

Fig. 4; 10. May 2013

Fig. 5; 3. June 2013

Fig. 6; 14. June 2013

The relevant SST for Western Europe is shown in Fig. 7-9.

Fig. 7; 03. June 2013

Fig. 8; 13. June 2013

Fig. 9; 14. June 2013

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Daily Mail - mailonline /UK on 16. June 2013:

“Madness of the Met Office Summit meeting to find out why our weather is... normal”
The matter gets curious writes David Rose (excerpts): 
___”As of lunchtime yesterday, the Met Office wasn’t at all sure how Britain ’s weather would turn out today. According to a spokesman, some of its computer models were predicting ‘a rather miserable day for some southern areas’. Others, however, suggested it would be ‘fine and bright’.
‘Sometimes the atmosphere can provide a real challenge for forecasters,’ the spokesman admitted wearily. The problem right now, apparently, is a phenomenon known as a ‘trough disruption’, a common type of westerly weather whose course both computers and human beings find hard to predict.
Still, the signs were that by the end of the week, temperatures would be normal for June, at about 20C. Looking further ahead, there were likely to be both some downpours and some nice, sunny days.

‘It’s what you’d term typically British weather and far from a wash-out,’ the spokesman concluded, adding that although summer only began officially on June 1, so far it has been relatively warm, a few cool days last week notwithstanding. “
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Arctic Sea Ice on August 24th 2012 & August 12th, 2013

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 Material winter 2012/13 and discussion at :

23. April 2013: Met-Off loose talk on cold March 2013? North and Baltic Sea should not be ignored! (ocl_9-8)
11. April 2013: 'Urgent' need to see if Arctic affects UK extreme cold? No! MetOffice should investigate the impact of human activities in the North- and Baltic Sea ! (co_9-4) 
03 April 2013: Did the cold March 2013 came from Siberia ? A not well founded claim! (ocl_9-9) 
29 March 2013: Cold March 2013 in company with March 1942 & 1917 (co 10-2)  
27. March 2013: Strong Start – Strong Ending; Winter 2012/13. About the Role of North- and Baltic Sea (2007seatraining 1310)
26. March 2013; March 2013 snow in the UK and the North Sea . Did human activities contributed? (ocl 10_2) 
21 March 2013; Cold March 2013 in UK and North Europe science should be able to explain! (ocl_10-3) 
07 March 2013:  Winter 2012/13 for Northern Europe is over! The Baltic and North Sea will prevent a surprise in March! (ocl-10_4)
19. January 2013: Northern Europe's bulwark against Asian cold from 19-31. (oc_12-8)
14. January 2013: North- and Baltic Sea influence Europe ’s winter 2012/2013 until now. (ocl_12_6) 
09 December 2012 (+ 21 & 26 Dec) : Are we heading to severe Baltic Sea ice conditions by 30th December 2012? (2007seatraining)


 Essays on arctic warming causes cold winters 

2013__Environmental Research Letters Volume 8 Number 1 Qiuhong Tang et al 2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 014036 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/014036 
Cold winter extremes in northern continents linked to Arctic sea ice loss 
___”The results suggest that the winter atmospheric circulation at high northern latitudes associated with Arctic sea ice loss, especially in the winter, favours the occurrence of cold winter extremes at middle latitudes of the northern continents.”


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