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This informal discussion event enables you to join forecasters to talk about one of our most cherished national obsessions: the weather. And there’ll be a chance to have a close-up look at objects relating to weather prediction from the Science Museum’s collections.

Severe drought warnings, the warmest autumn on record, pea-soup fog grounding Christmas flights and a tornado thrown in for good measure are proving that weird weather is becoming more common. But how do we predict what’s on its way?

The Met Office’s Alex Hill will be talking about how short-term forecasts are made, from extracting various data from supercomputers and analysing it to putting a forecast together. Alex can also address how climate change might affect weather patterns in the future.

Quiz Weather Action’s Piers Corbyn on how he predicts the weather a year ahead using data relating to solar activity. What’s in a solar flare? Does it affect our weather? And why isn’t everyone using this method?

Expand your horizons with storm-chaser Alister Chapman, as he tells us how he predicts where tornadoes and storms will land before he races towards them in a van, getting as close to them as is safely possible whilst filming.

Take a look at past methods of weather prediction, through iconic weather-prediction objects from the Science Museum’s collections, before looking to the future. Could climate change be influencing current weather patterns? Find out how your computer can help you become a forecaster of future climate from Milo Thurston, who will be running a climate prediction demonstration as part of the UK-wide climateprediction.net experiment.

Come find out what the day after tomorrow holds in store.

Event organised by:
The Science Museum

Speakers


Alex Hill, forecaster, Met Office
Alister Chapman, stormchaser, Ingenious TV
Milo Thurston, computer scientist, climateprediction.net
Piers Corbyn, astrophysicist, Weather Action