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Does a solar eclipse change to weather? That's what Giles Harrison and Suzanne Gray wondered, so they turned to crowd-sourcing to find out.
Tales of total eclipses often include the idea that the weather was affected – but attempts to measure any effects had been inconclusive. But now a combination of Met Office data, citizen science and numerical modelling have brought some clarity to the subject. Eclipses do affect wind speed and direction – they also allow meteorologists to test their models. Giles Harrison and Suzanne Gray used data on cloud, wind speed and wind direction from the National Eclipse Weather Experiment (NEWEx) during the 2015 UK partial eclipse, alongside weather station data from 331 Met Offcie sites. Read more on A&G OnLine.
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