Mostly Weather Episode 6 - How a Weather Forecast Works - Observations

In this month's episode the Mostly Weather team tackle the first step of the forecast process - observations

Episode 6 of the Mostly Weather podcast marks the beginning of a three part series, which will take you through the weather forecasting process from start to finish.

The 'How a Weather Forecast Works' series starts with this episode, looking at how observations of weather are taken and how they feed into the start of the forecast process. Next month's episode will go into more detail on how we actually generate a weather forecast, with the series ending with a look at how the finished forecasts are communicated.

In the observations episode, regular podcasters Doug McNeall, Niall Robinson and Claire Witham are joined by ex-observer and current Met Office Observations based research scientist Jeff Norwood-Brown - to delve into a wealth of interesting facts and statistics, including:-

  • What exactly is an observation?
  • The history of observing weather and the 'mark 1 eyeball'
  • The importance of consistent weather observations across the world
  • How automation has influenced weather observing, and situations in which the human eye still cannot be bettered
  • Lots of interesting types of weather recording instruments - from weather balloons to Stevenson screens
  • The oldest continuous observing site in the UK
  • Claire's stats of the month!
  • One of the best facts ever on Mostly Weather
  • and much much more...

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Last updated: 1 April 2016

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