Storm system seen from space, © BGS NERC

BADC – British Atmospheric Data Centre

CF – cold front

CMIP5 – the Fifth Coupled Model Intercomparison Project

ECMWF – European Centre for Mid-range Weather Forecasts

FAAM – Facility for airborne atmospheric measurements

GCM – General Circulation Model

HiGEM – High Resolution Global Environment Model

JCMM – Joint Centre for Mesoscale Meteorology

LiDAR – Light Detection And Ranging

MST (radar) – Mesosphere-Stratosphere-Troposphere (radar)

NCAS – National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences

NCEO – National Centre for Earth Observation

PV – potential vorticity

SAR – Synthetic Aperture Radar

THORPEX – The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment

TIGGE – the THORPEX Interactive Grand Global Ensemble

UM – (Met Office) Unified Model

WCB – warm conveyor belt

WF – warm front

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