Blame it on the Weatherman!

Great Storm of 1987

Date: Monday 16th October

Time: 7pm

Location: University of Leeds Business School

Speaker: Peter Gibbs, Former Met Office and BBC Forecaster


The Yorkshire Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society invites you to a special talk by Peter Gibbs, former Met Office and BBC forecaster, to mark the 30th anniversary of The Great Storm of 1987.

On the morning of the 16th October 1987, much of southern England woke to scenes of devastation. Some 15 million trees lay flattened, hundreds of thousands were without power, transport links at a standstill, and 18 people had lost their lives. Michael Fish became simultaneously the most famous and most vilified man in Britain!

So why did forecasters miss the storm of the century, and could it happen again? Peter Gibbs examines the lessons learnt, through an improved understanding of the meteorology but also better communication of the likely impact of severe Atlantic storms.

This talk will take place in the Business School at the University of Leeds. Refreshments will be available from 6.15pm in the foyer of the Maurice Keyworth building and you will then be taken to the talk in the Western Lecture Theatre (2 min walk) for 7.00pm. Registration on Eventbrite is compulsory as seating is limited. Information on the venue and parking may be found here.

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