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Mostly Weather Episode 20 - The Great Storm - Thirty years on

Doug McNeall introduces podcast regulars Catherine and Jeff and welcomes Senior Presenter and Operational Meteorologist, Alex Deakin, to discuss the events of October 15 & 16, 1987 – known as The Great Storm.

Doug McNeall introduces podcast regulars Catherine and Jeff and welcomes Senior Presenter and Operational Meteorologist, Alex Deakin, to discuss the events of October 15 & 16, 1987 – known as The Great Storm.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Where things went wrong (and right) with the forecast
  • The storm in the media
  • How desks and tables were employed
  • Sting jets
  • Weather bombs
  • How forecasting these events has improved
  • When it may have occurred in the past
  • How Sevenoaks became Eightoaks
  • Naming of storms
  • How social media is now used
  • How Michael Fish feels about the whole event

 

And for a bonus see if you can count how many times Jeff claims “It wasn’t a hurricane”.

Further information can be found regarding

 

Videos

What Is a Weather Bomb? https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/videos/5333965066001

How things have changed https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/videos/5605588759001

What is a hurricane, typhoon and tropical cyclone? https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/videos/4463698843001

Michael Fish interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35_qdtKBA6I

 

Briefs and statistics:

Sting Jets https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/mohippo/pdf/2/p/sting_jet_flyer.pdf

The Great Storm of 1987 https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/learn-about-the-weather/weather-phenomena/case-studies/great-storm

Infographic https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/in-depth/1987-great-storm/infographic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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