Author Archives: Karin van der Wiel

About Karin van der Wiel

I'm a PhD student in meteorology at the University of East Anglia (UK).

El Niño: a historical exploration and 2014 outlook

‘El Niño’ – a Spanish phrase describing a global climate phenomenon. How did this phrase, which translates to ‘the child’ or ‘the boy’, come to define the ever changing tropical Pacific temperatures, winds and rainfall? I’ll present a short history … Continue reading

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Excitement at the front: one island, two sea breezes

The dark days of winter may have you longing for warmer and sunnier times. For the sake of science, let us get away from this misery. Imagine a nice summer day and place yourself on a beach in Florida. The … Continue reading

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