Letter from the Minister in Response to Our AGM Resolution

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European Meeting at the Meteorological Office, Exeter on 5th May 2017

I was excited to be at my first BFWG open day and I totally enjoyed networking during the buffet sandwich lunch with women from all walks of life. At Midday, a talk was given by Dr Cath Senior on Climate modelling: credibility and capability. She talked about how the dynamics of the atmosphere could be modelled by formulating equations, thus being able to predict the weather. These models used to predict the weather change in temperature are done using complex supercomputers (housed in the MET office) which perform trillions of calculations per second. We were made aware that the observed temperature has changed over the years from 1890-2010 and these change were as a result of man-made influences. An on-going challenge for the MET office is that it is difficult to model cloud because they would have to develop models for the different time frames. We were made to understand that policy on climate change would require credibility, predictions, amount of the scale coupled with climate models.

TURNING SCIENCE INTO SERVICES: An Introduction to the Work of the Met Office
Dr Vicky Pope, Head of Science and Technology Futures

Vice - Admiral Fitzroy (Captain of Darwin’s ship Beagle) in 1854 noted patterns in the weather. Weather forecasting was then under the Board of Trade) He produced a chart of the great October storm in 1859 and invented a barometer to be used in port before setting out and another for use at sea. He was appointed head of a new department to deal with the collection of weather data. The Shipping Forecast is now broadcast on radio every 6 hours and is available 24/7 on the Met Office website.

Dr Pope gave the following historical events:
The first official weather forecast was made in 1923 printed in The Times
In 1944 the Met Office forecast the weather for the D Day landings and saved many lives by delaying invasion by 24 hours.