RMetS Yorkshire Centre – Special talk

Peter Gibbs

On 16th October more than 100 people attended an excellent talk by BBC forecaster Peter Gibbs entitled  ‘Blame it on the Weatherman’.  He reflected on the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 on the exact date of its thirtieth anniversary, by reviewing the scant forecast information as known at the time, and contrasting that with present day techniques used with hindsight. However, he remarked that despite improved scientific knowledge and remarkable computer modelling advances, it would still be challenge even now, to predict the most likely storm track and severity of the winds. He described the vast changes in forecast production, media coverage and communication of warnings over the past 30 years. During the talk there were some rather unprompted special effects when ex-hurricane ‘Ophelia’ produced some relatively strong winds and kept blowing open the doors of the lecture theatre! Discussion also covered the most unusual weather phenomenon in the morning of the meeting when there was a distinct orange sun in a dull, gloomy sky in the late morning caused by Ophelia dragging air from the far south and transporting Saharan dust into the high atmosphere, scattering the short-wave blue colours of the spectrum, leaving only the red. Moreover, this dust likely also contained particles from the forest fires in west Portugal. A memorable day indeed.

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News Date: 
Monday, November 13, 2017