London’s weather and the everyday: two centuries of newspaper reports

This new research article was published on 19 August 2018 in the Royal Meteorological Society’s journal Weather.  (A pre-print of the article can be downloaded here).  Written with one of my graduating geography students from King’s College London, Nick Burgess, the study surveys 200 years of London’s weather and its public reporting in newspapers.  This reveals some of the recurring modes of reporting and linguistic styles that are used to describe and make sense of the human experience of weather. These modes include: the cultural anxieties prompted by ‘unusual weather’; the visual dramas of ‘great storms’; the weather as culpable; and bench-marking extreme weather. Even as the broader processes and patterns of our climate are changing, at the level of the everyday the human and cultural experience of weather remains remarkably familiar.