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Friday, 21st June 2013

A Shift in European Summer Climate in the 1990s

Source: Walker Institute for Climate System Research, University of Reading (UK)

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North Atlantic warming in the 1990s coincided with a shift to wetter summers in the UK and northern Europe and hotter, drier summers around the Mediterranean. The patterns identified match those experienced during summer 2012, when the UK had the wettest summer in 100 years, while the Mediterranean suffered with temperatures as high as 40 degrees centigrade or more...

Many different factors can affect UK and European weather and the Atlantic is just one of those. However, the research does suggest that the Atlantic Ocean has played a part in the run of dismal UK sumers that we have experienced in recent years. The research suggests that the warming of the North Atlantic in the 1990s is increasing the chances of wetter summers for the UK, but the UK could still experience a warm, dry summer because of the many complex influences on our weather.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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