Society news

An offer from theWeather club to RMetS members

From 1 February 2011, Society members have the opportunity of joining theWeather Club for only £19.99, a 20% discount, giving you all the benefits of membership which include:

  • – a quarterly magazine, theWeather,

  • – free Galileo thermometer,

  • – exclusive access to the website

  • – member discounts,

  • – collectable weather booklets and postcards.

The magazine and website include regular news items and columns, features on weather and climate and stunning photography. In addition, the website provides extra content and opportunities for members to join in weather debates through the forum, submit images and participate in events such as the Great British Weather Experiment.

So why not add to the benefits you already receive through the Society by joining the Weather Club and taking advantage of this special offer? You can join online at, over the phone, 0845 6048139, or by post to 104 Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7LL.

An appeal from the Society

Do you have copies of Weather you can spare?

We are seeking issues 1:1 (May 1946) to 12:12 (December 1957) and 27:1 (January 1972) to 57:5 (May 2002) for destructive scanning to enable the digitisation of the Weather backfile. Please let Alexandra Owen know at if you are able to help, or would like more information.

Membership Secretary

Most of you who have visited or called the Society will have spoken to our Membership Secretary, Althea Howard. This month marks her 20th anniversary with the headquarters team: she started with us on 4 March 1991, looking after subscriptions and publications for the first four years before taking on other membership responsibilities. She has a pivotal role in ensuring the smooth running of membership activities, such as joining, renewals and communication. Here's to the next 20 years!

First Saturday Meeting of 2011

The first Saturday meeting of 2011 was held on 5 February at the new conference facilities at Jesus College, Oxford, and proved to be extremely popular with over 90 people attending throughout the day (Figure 1). The topic was Under-standing the Weather of 2010 and it attracted a broad audience, with members and non-members of the Society and theWeather Club all enjoying high-quality talks given by staff from the University of Reading, the Met Office and the University of Manchester. Topical issues discussed included thunderstorms, ash clouds, flooding and the cold spells of 2010, with lively discussions on each. Thanks to all those involved for helping to organise the day's event.

Figure 1.

Paul Hardaker welcomes the audience at the first Saturday Meeting of 2011 at Jesus College, Oxford.

Society's links with the Science Council

As part of his duties as a Board member, Paul Hardaker has taken over as Chair of the Science Council's Audit and Risk Committee which will meet during 2011 to formalise a programme of work and meet the auditors. Paul will also take part in the Science Council Board's away-day later in the year to define the outline for their new Strategic Plan under its new President (who is yet to be appointed).


In December 2010, the Society held a very successful National Meeting on Aviation and Meteorology in association with the General Aviation Safety Committee (GASCo), the UK Flight Safety Committee (UKFSC) and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

WMO Regional Training Centres

The Society has received a letter from the WMO's Director of Education and Training thanking it for its support of their regional Training Centres journal donation programme. In addition the WMO has offered to provide sponsorship support to the Society's conference in June.

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The Society is involved in an Arts and Humanities Research Council project, led by the University of Nottingham, on the role of the amateur in meteorological science. The first workshop was held at the University of Nottingham in December 2010, the second will be hosted by the Royal Geographical Society, another project partner, in March, and the Society will host the final workshop in June 2011.