No Relief in Sight for Storm Battered United Kingdom

By Tom Yulsman | February 11, 2014 8:34 pm
No relief storms United Kingdom

A satellite view shows three strong storms swirling in the North Atlantic west of the United Kingdom. (Source: NASA)

With three strong storms lined up off its coast, the United Kingdom will get no relief any time soon from the battering it has been receiving lately.

You can see them in the image above captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite today. The U.K. is at the extreme right, and Greenland at upper left (distorted in size by the angle of view in this composite of images).

While these storms are themselves not forecast to hit the U.K. directly, they are part of a persistent weather pattern that will bring continuing misery to a region that has already received more rainfall than typically falls in an entire winter — record amounts, in fact, for Southeast and South Central England, according to the U.K. Met Office.

Here’s a quick look at what the next round is forecast to bring on Wednesday:

No relief U.K. storms

Source: U.K. Met Office

Along with those winds, the storm is forecast to bring high waves along the coast, heavy rainfall, and continued flooding, which has already wrecked havoc.

The three storms swirling in the North Atlantic are embedded in an area of copious water vapor:

No relief SSEC water vapor imagery

Source: Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin

You’re looking at a screenshot from the RealEarth web map server of the University of Wisconsin’s Space Science and Engineering Center. The image, based on satellite data, shows atmospheric water vapor.

I’ve marked the storm that is forecast to hit the U.K. next. You can also sort of make out the outlines of the three storms featured in the image at the top of the post.

Even more misery is forecast to be on the way later in the week.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Extreme Weather, select, Top Posts, Weather


ImaGeo is a visual blog focusing on the intersection of imagery, imagination and Earth. It focuses on spectacular visuals related to the science of our planet, with an emphasis (although not an exclusive one) on the unfolding Anthropocene Epoch.

About Tom Yulsman

Tom Yulsman is Director of the Center for Environmental Journalism and a Professor of Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He also continues to work as a science and environmental journalist with more than 30 years of experience producing content for major publications. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Audubon, Climate Central, Columbia Journalism Review, Discover, Nieman Reports, and many other publications. He has held a variety of editorial positions over the years, including a stint as editor-in-chief of Earth magazine. Yulsman has written one book: Origins: the Quest for Our Cosmic Roots, published by the Institute of Physics in 2003.


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