Thursday, 21 June 2018

Life as a forecaster

ALAN DAWE gave a talk to members of Henley Bridge Rotary Club about his career in the Met Office.

ALAN DAWE gave a talk to members of Henley Bridge Rotary Club about his career in the Met Office.

Mr Dawe, who is vice-president of the club, trained as a forecaster after completing his National Service as an observer in the UK and in the Persian Gulf.

For the next 20 years he provided forecasts for RAF crews at a number of stations in England and in West Germany during the Cold War period. He then moved into management with responsibility for providing forecasts for civil aviation, media, commerce and industry, first at the Birmingham weather centre and then from Belfast.

In 1992 he moved to the Bracknell central forecast office and worked on medium range forecasting and guidance for the TV weather presenters until he retired six years later.

He ended his talk by saying that his work had always been challenging and never boring and he was glad of a sense of humour throughout his 41-year career.

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