Introduction to Meteorology for Energy Distribution

Plan for exceptional weather events

The impacts of weather can prove very costly, however it is possible to mitigate some of the risks; for instance equipment or work schedules can be adapted to lessen the expected exposure.

This introduction to meteorology training aims to help personnel in the energy distribution industry better understand and interpret meteorological information, so they may optimise operations, maintenance and safety.

Course length: Choose four modules for a full day, (two for a half day).

Location: Courses can either be held at your premises or at the Met Office College's dedicated training facilities in Exeter. Courses held at the Met Office College in Exeter can include a tour of the Met Office headquarters including the Operations Centre.

Course aim: To help personnel in the energy distribution industry better understand and interpret meteorological information, so they may optimise maintenance, operations and safety.

Modules available:

  • Core module - weather regimes and weather fronts
    An overview of what drives our weather, and major weather features; fronts and air masses.
  • Winds
    How both general wind and local winds are formed and their effects (e.g. land and sea breezes and katabatics).
  • Weather Hazards
    Line icing and lightning; what causes them and how they are forecast.
  • Forecasting
    Weather forecasting methods and how using ensemble techniques allow better evaluation of confidence.
  • Space Weather
    Geomagnetic storms caused by solar activity have a potential for major impact on energy supply and communications.
  • Climate Change
    Develops understanding of the facts and issues surrounding climate change and the potential impacts on energy distribution.
  • Met Office products interpretation
    Familiarisation of Hazard manager, the National Severe Weather Warning Service and commercial Met Office products.

Other information: Exercise activities will be included during the day to consolidate the topics covered. Certificates will be supplied upon completion of the course. 

How to book: To book a place email your name, contact details and which course you would like to attend to moc.enquiries@metoffice.gov.uk.

Last updated: 16 May 2014