Katie Norman

Areas of expertise

  • Quantitative precipitation estimates (QPEs) from radar
  • Quantifying uncertainty in radar QPE using ensemble techniques
  • Radar technology and hardware.

Current activities

The JWCRP is a partnership between the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Met Office which aims to facilitate weather and climate research by: providing and maintaining research infrastructure, aligning our research activities, proposing activities to address critical gaps in the UK research portfolio and ensuring effective pull-through of research to improve weather and climate forecasts.

The Met Office Academic Partnership is a cluster of research excellence that brings together the Met Office and institutions who are among the leading UK Universities in weather and climate science (University of Exeter, University of Leeds, University of Oxford and University of Reading) through a formal collaboration to advance the science and skill of weather and climate prediction

Career background

After joining the Met Office in 2008, Katie worked on algorithm development for reducing and quantifying uncertainties in radar rainfall estimates and nowcasts before moving to work on the implementation of the Weather Radar Network Renewal Project. Katie lead the upgrade of Chenies and Thurnham weather radars to dual polarisation and subsequently managed the team of engineers delivering the project. In 2014 Katie returned to lead the Radar Products R&D team on projects to realise the benefit of the dual polarisation radar network and blend radar estimates of rainfall with rain-gauge measurements. Katie has been the Manager of UK Science Partnerships since 2017 and is a chartered engineer with Institute of Engineering and Technology.


  • Lewis, H., Mittermaier, M., Mylne, K., Norman, K., Scaife, A., Neal, R., Pierce, C., Harrison, D., Jewell, S., Kendon, M., Saunders, R., Brunet, G., Golding, B., Kitchen, M., Davies, P., and Pilling, C. 2015: From months to minutes: exploring the value of high-resolution rainfall observation and prediction during the UK winter storms of 2013/2014. Met. Apps, 22: 90-104
  • Pierce C., Seed A. and Norman K. 2013: Formulation and evaluation of a scale decomposition-based stochastic precipitation nowcast scheme. Water Resources Research 49(10) p6624-6641
  • Harrison, D.L., Norman, K., Pierce, C. and Gaussiat, N, 2012: Radar Products for Hydrological Applications in the UK. Proceedings of the ICS - Water Management, Volume 165, Issue 2 p89-103
  • Pierce C., Norman K. and Seed A., 2011: Use of ensemble radar estimates of precipitation rate within a stochastic, quantitative precipitation nowcasting algorithm. The International Symposium on Weather Radar and Hydrology (WRaH) 2011, International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication 351.