As news of the weather bomb spreads across the country, it has become clear that the great minds behind weather predictions, forecasts and analysis are of great importance to us all. Right (or wrong!) weather predictions can make the difference between the entire UK coming to a standstill, or to life operating efficiently as normal…And let’s face it, aside from using the forecast to protect our homes and families, we all want to know if it will be a white Christmas!
Yes – we all remember 1987. We all remember Michael Fish’s now infamous forecast, but happily for Michael, he had also got things right many a time before and was considered an exceptional forecaster, hence he was awarded an MBE in 2004 for his distinguished career in broadcasting.
Mr Fish is not alone, many meteorologists have received a Queen’s honour for their services to the weather-watching British public, here are a few examples:
Professor Brian Golding was given an OBE in 2013 for services to weather forecasting and the prediction of hazardous weather. On receiving the honour, he had a few words to pass on to the next generation, “Predicting the weather depends on three things: good observation, really good scientists, and big computers to solve the equations.” Brian retired from his role in 2013 but he still performs research for the organisation.
Also in 2013, the President of the Royal Meteorological Society, Professor Joanna Haigh (picture above), received a CBE. Joanna, also President of the Society and Professor of atmospheric physics at Imperial College received a CBE in the New Year Honours List for her services to physics. Joanna is known in the scientific community for her leadership on solar influences in the middle atmosphere.
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