A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol and published in Nature has found a link between weather patterns and power faults in the UK. This research has led to the development of a fault forecasting system for power operators that considers the influence of weather patterns on power faults. The study found that specific faults are often associated with weather patterns, based on large-scale atmospheric circulation types characterised by high wind speeds and precipitation, leading to power outages. Weather patterns with moderate to high snowfall were also discovered to be linked to power outages caused by snow and ice. The researchers believe the findings can significantly improve the preparedness of the UK for power outages, as these high-risk weather patterns have been shown to have good levels of predictability, with a valuable lead time of up to several weeks in advance.


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