Date: 10th February 2016
Time: 6:30 for 7:00pm
Catering: Tea and coffee will be served from 6:30pm
For anyone with an interest in the weather, making your own observations will afford years of fascination, and there has never been a better time to start observing or upgrade the measurements you already make. Traditional manual instruments can be bought at budget prices online, and there is now a wide range of wireless automatic weather stations readily available from £50 to £1000 or more – even those at the lower end are surprisingly good and with a few tweaks can be improved, with lots of online forums and blogs to help you. Most AWS can communicate with your PC, which can store the data and also send it on to weather networks such as the Met Office’s Weather Observations Website or Wunderground, where you can see it live online. This allows you to compare your observations with many others locally and nationally, to investigate microclimates, for example, or the movement of fronts. And you don’t need a large open estate; you can make useful observations from a tiny garden in suburbia (like mine) or the inner city. This talk will discuss all of the above.
The talk is open to both members and non-members (no need to register) at Inverness College, 1 Inverness Campus, Inverness IV2 5NA on 10th February. Tea and coffee will be served from 6:30pm and the talk will begin at 7pm. It will also be possible to hear the talk and participate in discussions via UHI's video-conferencing facility from any UHI venue (see https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/campuses for venues). If you would like to attend remotely in this way then please get in touch. The speaker will be Geoff Jenkins.
Geoff Jenkins started his research career making sounding rocket measurements in the ionosphere from South Uist, but came down in the world when he joined the Met Office in 1974 and turned to observations of wind and turbulence in the boundary layer - including a large field study in North Uist. Following 4 years on secondment to the Department of Environment, he was involved in the first IPCC report on the science of climate change released in 1990. After 5 glorious years running the Met Research Flight, he returned to the Hadley Centre in 1995 to run the climate research programme until 2004. As chair of the Society's Education Committee from 2007 to 2014, one of his main aims has been to encourage schools (and indeed the general public) to make their own weather observations