Release Date 16 December 2016 A new weather vane with a hidden message has been unveiled on the roof of the University of Reading’s Meteorology building after being chosen as the winning design. The weather vane was created by Dr Helen Dacre, associate professor in Meteorology, and selected by an expert judging panel. The winning … Continue reading “METEOROLOGY BUILDING GETS A WEATHER VANE AT LAST – BUT CAN YOU UNDERSTAND ITS CODED MESSAGE?”

Launching a weather balloon at the University of Reading

Weather forecasts these days are hi-tech: satellites orbiting the Earth continually watch the current weather and feed this information into some of the largest supercomputers in the world. But satellites can’t give us a complete picture of the current weather and, to fill in the gaps, we use a seemingly low-tech solution: helium balloons. Thousands … Continue reading “Launching a weather balloon at the University of Reading”

Montserrat: There and Back Again

Whilst Reading plunged into a gloomy autumnal daze, a group of researchers namely Geoff Wadge, Antonio Costa and Thomas Webb, from the Department of Meteorology decided to replace their warm coats with T-shirts, their wellies with flip-flops and don excessive amounts of suncream, heading for the tiny island of Montserrat in the West Indies (figure … Continue reading “Montserrat: There and Back Again”

Arran field course – live blog – Monday 6th September

This week 12 BSc and MMet students from Reading, along with 5 staff and 36 students and staff from the University of Leeds are here in Lochranza on Arran for a weeklong residential field course. The students will be involved in various activities including a hill walk, radiosonde and ozonesonde launches, boundary layer sampling with … Continue reading “Arran field course – live blog – Monday 6th September”

Aurora extend to southern latitudes

Wednesday (4th August 2010) night, sky-watchers as far south as Denmark and northern Germany were treated to a glimpse of the aurora – unfortunately it didn’t extend far enough to be lost in the bright lights of Reading. This geomagnetic activity was the result of a pair of solar eruptions on August 1st, recorded in … Continue reading “Aurora extend to southern latitudes”