The Back of the Front



This photograph was taken from the window of the Weatherquest office at sunrise on Saturday 13th December 2014 and shows an extensive area of cirrus on the southeastern horizon, which belongs to a front over northern France and Germany.

It is interesting to compare the corresponding satellite picture with the cloud photograph. Firstly, the satellite image provides a clear indication of the extent of the shadow cast by the cloud shield to the south and, as you would expect from the photo, the edge of the shadow is just on Norwich.

Satellite image from 09:00 UTC Sat 13 Dec 2014, courtesy of Sat24 and EUMETSAT

The second thing to note is that the surface position of the cold front on the weather charts was as far away as Paris and Bonn on the Continent, some 400km to the southeast, whereas the edge of the cloud shield was oriented NE-SW from Felixstowe to Southampton and probably about 80km away.

06:00 UTC Sat 13 Dec 2014 surface analysis, courtesy of UK Met Office

Jim Bacon  17th December 2014


Weather Photography evening at the UEA

On Monday 8th December 2014, storm chaser and elemental photographer, Peter Scott, will be presenting a talk in association with the Royal Meteorological Society East Anglia Centre, held at the University of East Anglia. Pete has travelled to Easter Island, South America, the Great Plains, Lapland and most recently returned from a trip in Iceland in September, where he was photographing the Aurora Borealis.

He will show us photos from his trips, as well as give advice on weather and landscape photography. There will also be a photography competition; limited to one photograph entry per person, and you must be present at the meeting to win. Photos must be taken in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex or Cambridgeshire and weather, sky or atmosphere related. Entries should be sent to by 10pm on Sunday, the 7th of December. The winner will receive a £ 30 gift voucher to Wex Photographic.

The talk will be held at the University of East Anglia, in The Thomas Paine Study Centre lecture theatre. We meet at 18:30 with light snacks and refreshments provided, and then the talk begins at 19:00 which will last about an hour, with a question and answer session afterwards.

Chris Bell  3rd December 2014