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The October 2017 red sun phenomenon over the UK

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posted on 09.08.2019, 13:56 by David P. Moore
On 16 October 2017 ex-hurricane Ophelia brought strong winds to Ireland and caused extensive damage. Over Wales, England and parts of Scotland a weak cold front associated with the system acted as a conveyor belt, bringing a mixture of Saharan dust and biomass burning smoke from Portugal and Spain and, for a time, turning the sky a muddy brown/orange colour and the Sun bright red. This analysis uses Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS) data to determine the fractionation of different aerosol types within the event and provide a comprehensive analysis for different cities across the UK. It also presents observations from the IASI satellite instrument of another pollutant, carbon monoxide, the concentration of which was greatly enhanced over Europe after the fire events.

Funding

The author is funded by the UK National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). This article contains Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service Information [2017; https://confluence.ecmwf.int/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=58131166]. Neither the European Commission nor ECMWF is responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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Citation

Weather, 2019

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING/Department of Physics and Astronomy

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VoR (Version of Record)

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Weather

Publisher

Wiley, Royal Meteorological Society

issn

0043-1656

eissn

1477-8696

Acceptance date

03/10/2018

Copyright date

2019

Available date

09/08/2019

Publisher version

https://rmets.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/wea.3440

Language

en

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