The Yorkshire Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society presents a talk by Peter Gibbs, former Met Office and BBC weather forecaster, to mark the 30th Anniversary of the 1987 Great Storm.
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.
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 minutes walk) for 7:00pm.