Blue sky thinking: explaining the enduring appeal of Weatherwatch

Our twice-weekly series investigating the stories behind the weather celebrates three decades next year

The British may be famous for their obsession with the weather, but meteorology has traditionally been neglected in the media. Forecasts and charts tend to be tucked at the back of newspapers or deep within websites, while floods, droughts and hurricanes are reported on the news pages along with doom-laden predictions but little scientific evidence or background.

The worldwide extreme weather of the past few weeks — hurricanes, wildfires and floods — have generated major news stories, but you will have to search hard for any information as to why they take place.

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