RMetS to host meeting about 2011 weather

Thursday 19th Jan 2012 by theWeather Club

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The weather during 2011 saw records being broken not only in the UK but around the world. From devastating floods to catastrophic droughts and abnormally active hurricane and tornado seasons, the weather has been making the headlines for one reason or another. A meeting to review the weather of 2011 is being held at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery on 4th February and what’s more, it’s free to attend. The Royal Meteorological Society is hosting this public event, ‘Understanding the weather of 2011’ which will look at the causes and consequences of the extreme weather events during last year.

The drought in East Africa produced a humanitarian crisis, while in West Africa plentiful rains caused damaging floods. The wettest summer on record in eastern Australia left tens of thousands homeless. Crops failed in eastern England after the driest spring in 350 years. The abnormally active Atlantic hurricane season put lives at risk in the Caribbean, the United States, Canada and Mexico. During the meeting experts will be on hand to look at why these events occurred and how well we can forecast extreme weather.

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG) is located in the heart of the city on Chamberlain Square, Birmingham and is only a short walk from New Street station. A map and directions to BMAG can be found at: http://www.bmag.org.uk/birmingham-museum/getting-here.

Although this event is free to attend, registration is required and be done via email info@theWeatherClub.org.uk, over the telephone +44(0)118 956 8000 or online Book Online. This is a full day meeting and the doors open at 10:30 with the first talk at 11:00. The meeting is due to finish by 16:00. A sandwich lunch is available, for those who require it, at a cost of £5 per person and must be booked in advance before 23rd January.

To find out more about the meeting more info.