Meteorological Masterclass series now available online

The Meteorological Masterclass Series – Winter Storms in European Weather and Climate, which was oraganised in partnership between the Royal Meteorological Society and the University of Reading, provided additional training and continuing professional development for professionals who work in Meteorology and Climate Science. 542 participants were welcomed throughout the series.

The final session for this year took place on Wednesday (14 October) – Subseasonal Predictions for European Winter. The speaker was Dr Rob Lee, a Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and University of Reading. He presented on winter storms being one of the main forecasting challenges for the UK and Europe, with many like those over the last winter season leading to significant loss of life and property.

Weather prediction on the subseasonal timescale typically covers the extended range (10+ days) up to around 30 days, and sometimes beyond. This masterclass covered the key aspects related to subseasonal predictions of winter weather for the European region, including sources of predictability, models and forecasting, and applications of these forecasts. The interaction of subseasonal weather with, and its impact on, longer timescales was also discussed. Aspects relating to subseasonal forecast applications touched on the energy, health, transportation, agriculture and water sectors, as well as extreme weather.

For anyone who was not able to join the session, or who may want to watch back, can now view Rob’s presentation on the RMetS YouTube channel. The video lasts approx. 1 hour 28mins.
To view the full masterclass series – you can view the playlist via YouTube.


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Further events, in-person and online, are anticipated for 2021 when current restrictions may be lifted, and RMetS will keep the website updated.


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