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  1. This is the footer The Year of the Block Geraint Vaughan

  2. This time last year...........

  3. 15 Jan2010

  4. 10 February 2010

  5. 8 March 2010

  6. 2 May 2010: volcanic aerosol

  7. July 2010 – Russian heatwave: mean 500 mb height Jul 2010 NCEP reanalysis - ESRL

  8. Here we go again………

  9. Motivation for workshop • Blocking is an important (and long-established) problem for both weather and climate • The impacts of blocking for human activities can be far-reaching • The dissipation of blocks has been notoriously difficult for NWP models to forecast–but is this still true? • Climate models tend to have too little blocking – why? Is this a problem with blocking or another problem showing up as no-blocking – i.e. symptom or cause? Is it time to re-examine the dynamics of blocking? Can we advance the subject?

  10. Outcome of workshop • Helps NCAS develop its research programme across Weather and Climate • Inform NERC theme leaders – is this an area that needs a directed programme? • Consortium? • International links