DFL - Event Week 2014

30 Minutes

Gavin Robbins, MetOffice, UK

Managing extreme weather and floods in the UK - winter of 2013/14

Published: 22 December 2014

The Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC) is a successful working partnership between the Environment Agency and the Met Office. We bring together the sciences of hydrology and meteorology in a jointly staffed specialist centre.

The winter of 2013-14 was the wettest for 250 years across England and Wales, with a succession of storms bringing sustained flooding from all natural sources, coastal, fluvial, surface water and groundwater. The presentation will start with an overview of the meteorological conditions that led to the largest coastal surge down the East Coast of England since 1953. The hydrometeorological conditions and flooding through late December 2013 to March 2014 will then be considered, along with examples and mechanisms of communicating the high impact conditions to emergency responders and Central Government. This included two briefings directly to our Prime Minister. Meteorological drivers and the possible teleconnections behind the exceptional conditions will also be considered.

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flood forecasting, winter 2013/14, England