Katy joined the Met Office in 2011, and works as a scientist testing and developing new surface instruments for our observing sites.
Katy is investigating the potential of a new present weather instrument, the Thies distrometer. The primary function of the Thies is to determine the current weather type (eg. rain, snow), but it offers significant additional value. It determines precipitation type by measuring the size and fall speed of drops passing through it, and outputs this information as drop size and speed distributions. The drop size distribution (i.e. how many drops you have of a particular size) is useful for calibrating rainfall radar and important for numerical weather predictions.
Katy has an MSci in Physics from the University of Bristol (1999) and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge (2004). She worked in Astrophysics research for 6 years at the University of Bristol, observing galaxy clusters at radio wavelengths, before joining the Met Office.