Watching the weather
Watching the weather

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The material acknowledged below is proprietary, used under licence and not subject to Creative Commons licensing. See terms and conditions. Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following:

Figure 1: © Royal Meteorological Society; Figure 2: Realimage/Alamy; Figures 3, 14: courtesy NOAA; Figure 4: © NASA; Figures 6, 9, 11: courtesy NERC Satellite Receiving Station, Dundee University, Scotland,; Figure 8: Tony McConnell/Science Photo Library; Figure 12: © Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Figure 13: Michael Donne/Science Photo Library.

MI001: © The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; MI002: © The Open University, by permission of The Radcliffe Observer; MI003-009, 011, 012, 014-016: © The Open University; MI010: courtesy Royal Meteorological Society; MI013: Dawkeye/at Leicester Aero Club/Flickr Photo Sharing; MI017: © NOAA; MI018: © Misje Rederi AS; MI019-030: © 2007 EUMETSAT; MI031-033: © NASA; MI034, 036: © Vaisala; MI035: British Antarctic Survey/Science Photo Library; MI037: © BAES Systems 2003; MI038: courtesy Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.

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