Weather forecasters face storm of criticism – so is it time for a new look?

By Andrew Charlton-Perez Former BBC weather forecaster Bill Giles’ criticism of weather forecasts raises questions about how weather is communicated generally. Mr Giles has hit out at forecasters for regularly warning the public about the potential consequences of imminent severe weather, arguing they are ‘behaving like nannies’ and could cause the public to become ‘immune’ … Continue reading “Weather forecasters face storm of criticism – so is it time for a new look?”

Winter weather – and cycling in Reading

By Roger Brugge This tongue-in-cheek look at Reading’s weather in winter and its relationship to cycling safety was prompted by a couple of ice-related accidents experienced by members of staff during the cold and foggy weather of the morning of 24 January 2017 while cycling over the new cycle/pedestrian bridge in the town. The University’s … Continue reading “Winter weather – and cycling in Reading”

METEOROLOGY BUILDING GETS A WEATHER VANE AT LAST – BUT CAN YOU UNDERSTAND ITS CODED MESSAGE?

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?”

GUEST BLOG: Talking sensible science when wondering about the weather

By Georgina Glaser, Voice of Young Science member Talking about science when you’re a PhD student seems like it should be an obvious prerequisite and an easy task. For some people, it is. For others, it is far more difficult. Reasons for this can be the intimidation of other scientists who you believe ‘know more … Continue reading “GUEST BLOG: Talking sensible science when wondering about the weather”