Category: Weather

Cafe Scientifique: Weathermen & The War

Posted on by 5WC in Opinion, Weather
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Café Scientifique is a public science communication initiative running across more than 40 towns in the UK. It’s a place where, for the price of a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, anyone can come to explore the latest ideas in science and technology. My local lectures take place monthly in Reading at Monroe’s Bar and Grill and November saw Professor Andrew Charlton-Perez from the Meteorology department at Reading University come and speak about what some proclaim to be the most important weather forecast in history.

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TV Review: Operation Cloud Lab: Secrets of the Skies

Posted on by 5WC in Television, Weather

If you believe everything you read, society is now apparently so addicted to nothing but: reality TV, cookery programmes and soap operas that the rest of the television industry is on its knees. That our programming schedules will never again be filled with anything even remotely interesting, thought provoking or dare I say it, educational.

The problem is though, that my opening statement is in fact, complete rubbish. There are quality TV programmes being made. Last year Professor Brian Cox brought the science of Doctor Who to life, Jacques Peretti is currently showing us how “Men” manipulate us to spend and buy having already made us fat and a team of scientists opened my eyes to the amazing hidden wildlife of Burma that lives in a part of the world I truly wish to visit. These programmes all suffer from the same issues, they don’t get advertised. And once again, another stunningly interesting piece of television fell into this trap and very nearly passed me by. If it wasn’t for a retweet from Lindstrand Media about the programme, I wouldn’t have heard of it and would never have seen it.
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Looking At The Weather: An Interview With Mark Neal

Posted on by 5WC in Interview, Weather
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As the clocks go forward and “Summer Time” begins, you cannot have failed to miss, or even been impacted by, the horrendous flooding that soaked the country this winter. With the Somerset Levels virtually destroyed, parts of the UK still submerged under the flood waters, stubbornly refusing to draining after after wettest winter on record, and the UN announcing that unless we as a species do something to physically change our impact on the planet’s climate we will face catastrophic consequences it seemed an apt time to introduce a new section to the site.

Mark Neal is a young, enthusiastic hot air balloonist who have a keen interest and passion in all things meteorological. He has agreed to write a column for the website to try and give you all an insight into our weather, the patterns that affect and govern when you get to have a BBQ and you never know, maybe even the odd forecast!

So, it seemed to make sense to sit down, have a chat and let him introduce himself in his own words…
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