And now the Shipping Forecast...

Date: Thursday 14 February 2019

Time: 16:00 - 17:00


University of Birmingham
School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Room 125
B15 2TT


Since 1861 the Met Office has issued some form of forecast for vessels in the sea areas around the British Isles. Today the iconic Shipping Forecast continues to be hand written by operational meteorologists and its performance is routinely monitored by scientists, forecasters and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Drawing on over a decade of personal experience in the assessment of marine forecasts, this talk will explain the meaning behind all the well-known terms within the forecast, outline the methods used continuously to monitor its performance and present various statistics to assess whether this very British forecast can be trusted