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Tuesday 15:00-15:30
Richard Daniel chairs the interactive environmental programme in which he and his guests deal with listener's questions and concerns.
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Home Planet, PO Box 3096, Brighton BN1 1PL
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Listen to 17 July 2007
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RICHARD DANIEL
Richard Daniel
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Tuesday 17 July 2007
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Panel

This week's guests:

Dr Carolin Crawford

Dr Nick Riley

Professor Philip Stott

TOPICS

Does the moon influence our weather?

A listener has noted that sometimes weather patterns change with the new moon, is there any scientific work that backs up this observation?

The panel's view was that this is an area of some controversy and that although the moon may have a small affect on micro-climates there is yet no real scientific research that would confirm a wider influence.

Useful links

BBC h2g2

University of Illinois Physics Department

Arizona State University

For a counter view to that of the scientific communities, see "Predicting the Weather by the Moon", by Ken Ring. ISBN 0 906362 52 0.



If the Atlantic Ocean is the biggest influence on Britain's weather, what similar features affect central Europe and the Middle East.

The panel discussed the influence of the Atlantic Ocean on Britain and how that influence can extend into Central Europe and the Mediterranean.

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BBC Weather

Met Office

Manchester Metropolitan University

Texas and A&M University

NASA

American Association for the Advancement of Science

University of East Anglia

Columbia University

Galaxy Zoo

Circum-horizontal arcs (Up-turned rainbows)

This is the weather phenomenon seen by Home Planet listener Roger Dearden

Up-turned rainbow. Weather phenomena seen by Home Planet listener Roger Dearden.

University of Minnesota

Atmospheric Optics

Stella Scenes



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