150 years of forecasting for the nation
10 December 2011
In 1861 The Times published the first weather forecast. 150 years later, to celebrate the occasion, we ran a range of activities from July to September 2011, including a photo competition inviting people to send us photos capturing the British indomitable spirit in challenging weather.
Trishia Bloor of Bideford, Devon sent in the winning photo, shown here. It was taken by her husband at Hartland Quay in North Devon.
Trishia explains, "We have wild and wonderful weather here as it juts out into the Atlantic. As you can perhaps tell, the wind was so strong I had to hold onto the railings to keep my feet. I have two coats, a bodywarmer and the charming hat is to keep my ears from the cold."
150 years of forecasting for the nation video
To help celebrate 150 years of forecasting for the nation, this video takes a look at some of the key events in the history of the Met Office.
On the 1st August, 2011, the Met Office will be celebrating 150 years of forecasting for the nation. To celebrate, we're going to look back at the history of the Met Office and some key events along the way.