A weather club, but younger: How Maiden Erlegh School in making young people into meteorologists

Every week at Maiden Erlegh School in Reading, Berkshire, a handful of keen 11-13 year old pupils meet at the geography department's very own Weather Club, run by me, Martin Sutton. Discussions about meteorology are interspersed around activities such as making models of snowflakes from plasticene or building weather fronts from cotton wool. The club set up experiments to generate a cloud in a bottle or make a tornado-like vortex using water currents.

Help the BBC with some cloudspotting: 23 Degrees cloudspotting challenge

The BBC's landmark science programme 23 Degrees has called for the help of members of theWeather Club in photographing and documenting clouds over the coming weeks.

23 Degrees – named after the angle of the tilt of the Earth's axis – is the BBC's landmark science programme, presented by Kate Humble. The programme's producers are currently working on a project to record and investigate clouds from all over the world, and they are keen for our members to cast their eyes to the skies in the hunt for dramatic, attractive or unusual goings-on above our heads.

Be a part of the BBC's Weather Test: Help the BBC test the accuracy of weather forecasts


The BBC Weather Test, backed by Radio 4's Today Programme, is an exciting new project designed to assess the reliability of weather forecasters. 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.

Paul Hardaker on the future of public weather forecasting:

Each year, as a member of the public, you pay for a public weather service. You won’t have been sent a receipt for this or noticed it appearing in your list of direct debits. That’s because it is a range of different government departments that pay for this on your behalf – and what excellent value you get for it. These departments meet together as the Public Weather Service Customer Group to make sure that public interests are represented, that the services are of a high quality and that they are value-for-money to you, me and every other taxpayer.

Travellers' guide: St Petersburg

Dr Liz's travel weather column appears in the travel section of the Saturday Independent

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is situated along the shores of the Neva Bay in the Gulf of Finland and experiences a continental climate that is moderated somewhat by the Baltic Sea. The city is positioned at latitude 60°N and experiences a huge variation in daylight hours during the year, ranging from six to 19 hours a day. Twilight may last all night in early summer, from mid-May to mid-July, and this celebrated event is known as the white nights.

How the OPAL Climate Survey is enlisting the observatory powers of the British public: The OPAL Climate Survey and roadshow

Turn off the lights. Half fill the kettle. Have a shower instead of a bath. Whatever you do in your daily life, you probably don't feel like you're making all that much of a difference in the fight against the relentless march of climate change – which is where the OPAL Climate Survey steps in.