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OPAL weather roadshow takes to the road

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The OPAL Weather Roadshow is a collaborative activity between the RMetS, OPAL (OPen Air Laboratories) and the Met Office which was developed during 2010 and took to the road in March this year. A fully equipped trailer and team of weather enthusiasts visited the Big Bang Science Fair in London and the National Science and Engineering event in Newcastle, and spent National Climate Week in Manchester.

The OPAL Weather Roadshow is a travelling exhibition (Figure 1) which will visit several public events in the next six months, examining different aspects of the weather, climate and the atmosphere in a fun and educational way. The content has been designed to appeal to a broad range of age groups from primary school children (Figure 2) to adults, and the first three week-long events have been extremely successful. Society staff have been at all the events and worked with school groups for hour-long sessions and activities including cloud-spotting, making clouds in bottles, generating tornadoes, measuring the weather with anemometers, infrared thermometers and the weather station, completing climate surveys and making television weather forecasts. Look out for us in the coming months at the Cheltenham Science Festival (June), a week-long exhibition at the Bruce Castle Museum in London (June) and the Great Yorkshire Show (July). For more information about the trailer or further events contact rachael.fordham@rmets.org or visit http://www.opalexplorenature.org/WeatherRoadshow

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Figure 1. The OPAL team outside the exhibition trailer.

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Figure 2. Local school children taking part in one of the OPAL experiments.

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Society AGM

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This year the Society will be holding its AGM at the Bank of England in London on Wednesday 18 May from 2pm. The meeting will be opened by the Governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King, and will include the Symons Gold Medal Lecture given by Prof John Mitchell OBE and a talk by Simon Singh MBE on ‘Science and the Media’.

The AGM provides the Society with an opportunity to review its achievements during 2010 and to discuss the plans and activities for the year ahead. This is a fantastic opportunity for members to influence the direction of the Society as well as providing the opportunity to visit the Bank of England Museum (at 12.30pm) before the meeting begins. For security reasons the Society must provide a list of people attending, so please register in advance at www.rmets.org/about/agm-reg.php or email marcia.spencer@rmets.org

BBC weather test

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As previously referred to in March's Weather news, the BBC Weather Test, backed by Radio 4's Today Programme, is an exciting new project designed to assess the reliability of weather forecasts. It is a unique and ambitious collaboration between BBC News, the Royal Meteorological Society, the Royal Statistical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and independent academics and weather forecasters.

The first stage of the Weather Test has been to prepare a draft protocol to lay down the rules under which the forecasters' results will be tested. The protocol was published on the Weather Club website, www.theWeatherClub.org.uk, and discussed at a public meeting at the Royal Institution in March. This public consultation will shape the activities of the Weather Test and how forecasts will be verified. The project aims to show the public just how accurate and useful the different weather forecasts actually are, from those for just the next few days out to a season ahead.

Chartered Meteorologists of the Royal Meteorological Society

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The following Fellows have been approved by Council for accreditation as Chartered Meteorologists of the Royal Meteorological Society: Edward Carroll, Met Office; Nicholas Graham, Met Office; William Lang, Met Office; Andy Page, Met Office; Dan Suri, Met Office; Rob Varley, Met Office; Steven Willington, Met Office; Martin Young, Met Office; Richard Young, Met Office.

If no objections are raised in writing by 15 July 2011 to the Secretary of the Accreditation Board then this accreditation automatically becomes effective from that date. Objections must provide evidence that the Fellow concerned does not meet one of the criteria set out in the Details of the Accreditation Scheme. These details are available through the website (www.rmets.org/activities/cmet/details.php) or on request from the Society.