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Windy with sunshine and showers

Today: Tuesday 31st March 2015
Windy with spells of sunshine, but also showers. The showers will be most frequent in the west and some may be wintry.

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Tomorrow: Wednesday 1st April 2015
Another breezy day of sunshine and showers, but rain will begin to move into the north-west later, this possibly turning to hill snow in places.

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The Next Few Day

Rain away from northern Scotland on Thursday. Further rain spreading east on Friday. A fair amount of cloud on Saturday, but some brightness too.

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Windy with rain moving in from the west

Today: Monday 30th March 2015
Windy with sunshine and showers to start, but rain will move in from the west as the day progresses.

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Tomorrow: Tuesday 31st March 2015
A windy and unsettled day with sunshine and showers. Some of the showers will be heavy, especially in the north-west where they may be wintry too.

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The Next Few Day

Windy with sunshine and showers on Wednesday, some possibly wintry in the north. Rain away from northern Scotland on Thursday. Further rain on Friday.

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Windy and wet with rain clearing to showers

Today: Sunday 29th March 2015
Windy with rain spreading eastwards, this heaviest across the southern half of the UK. Showers following behind.

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Tomorrow: Monday 30th March 2015
Breezy with sunshine and showers to start, but rain will move in from the west later.

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The Next Few Day

Windy with sunshine and showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, some possibly wintry in the north. Some sunshine on Thursday, but rain will move into the west.

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Windy with rain spreading east

Today: Saturday 28th March 2015
Windy with rain spreading eastwards, followed by sunshine and showers. The rain will be heavy at times.

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Tomorrow: Sunday 29th March 2015
Rain clearing eastwards, followed by sunshine and showers, some of the showers may be heavy and thundery. Windy.

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Rain spreading north on Monday. Windy with sunshine and showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, some possibly wintry in the north.

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Spells of sunshine, but a cloudier in the south-west with drizzle

Today: Friday 27th March 2015
Predominately dry with spells of sunshine, but showers are expected in western Scotland. Cloud will increase in the south-west with drizzle possible.

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Tomorrow: Saturday 28th March 2015
Windy with rain spreading eastwards, this heaviest in the north with hill snow possible in Scotland.

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Another band of rain will spread east on Sunday. Showery rain spreading north on Monday. Largely cloudy on Tuesday with rain in the north.

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Rain clearing eastwards

Today: Thursday 26th March 2015
Breezy with rain clearing east leaving sunny spells and scattered showers, but the rain may be slower to clear in Scotland.

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Tomorrow: Friday 27th March 2015
Spells of sunshine for most, but patchy rain will move into the south-west. A few showers are possible in western Scotland too.

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Wet and windy on Saturday with heavy rain spreading east. Another band of rain will spread east on Sunday. Showery rain spreading north on Monday.

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Women in weather

I finished work at 8am this morning so didn’t want to do anything too strenuous this afternoon, but I did attend a brilliant webinar run by Northrop Grumman about “Women in Weather”. The hangout/webinar was organised after the National Science Foundation found out that only 14% of the 14,000 professionals employed in atmospheric sciences were women.

In attendance were:

· Courtney Draggon, Director, International Activities Office, National Weather Service
· Ginger Zee, Chief Meteorologist, ABC News
· Maria LaRosa, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
· Laura Delgado López – Project Manager, Secure World Foundation
· Rebecca Miller, Operations Meteorologist, Southwest Airlines
· Robyn Heffernan, Incident Meteorologist, National Weather Service
· Jenny Hibbert, Operations Meteorologist, Fugro GEOS

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One of the key points that came up, was the need to remove the “weather girl” stigma. Over the years, the general public seem to have forgotten that scientists are behind the weather forecast, and as Rebecca Miller said “We are not looked at as scientists, we’re looked at as paper dolls”. There is a need to increase the understanding of what meteorology is and the amount of work that goes into the daily weather forecasts. Additionally, Ginger Zee added “understanding of what a meteorologist is is our biggest problem.” She also mentioned that most meteorologists she knows are asked whether they’re on TV when they say what they do, and this is something I have frequently been asked.

Understandably, as it was an all female panel the question of female meteorologists being treated differently to male meteorologists came up, and it did become apparent that there is a difference, especially due to that “weather girl” stigma. Rebecca Miller said that “women on tv are treated differently to men, which makes it hard to get the message across to the public.” However, Jenny Hibbert, who works in the oil and gas industry, said that she “hadn’t run into much sexism” and that it was the “best time to be a woman in the science workplace.” Encouragingly male meteorologists and followers took to twitter saying that there shouldn’t be a difference and that things need to change, as illustrated by the tweet below.

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The panel also spoke about education and Ginger Zee mentioned that she was lucky enough to go storm chasing in the Great Plains as part of her college course (something I’m very jealous of) and that you learn far more in the field then you do in a text book. The panel were also asked about any unique aspects of their work they enjoyed, and for me, the most interesting answer was from Robyn Heffernan who spoke about her work as an Incident Meteorologist for the NWS. She can spend a number of weeks away from her family and be based in very dangerous situations close to forest fires, and then forecasts how the fires are likely to develop so that they can be managed efficiently. Additionally she mentioned that the NWS IMETs have the opportunity to do exchanges between America and Australia and that they learn a lot from these experiences, again highlighting how important it is to get out into the field.

When asked what valuable pieces of advice they had received they key topics were not being afraid to ask for help, talk to people and network, and don’t worry about what people thing of you as shown below!

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I’ve only covered a few of the topics discussed today, so if you would like to watch the Women in Weather webinar click here or watch the video below and to view other peoples comments on the webinar go to #ExtremeWx on Twitter!

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Mostly dry with spells of sunshine.

Today: Wednesday 25th March 2015
Dry today with spells of sunshine, but one or two showers cannot be ruled out in eastern areas. Cloud will increase from the west later.

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Tomorrow: Thursday 26th March 2015
Heavy rain and hill snow will clear eastwards leaving spells of sunshine and scattered showers. Breezy.

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The Next Few Day

Sunshine and showers on Friday, but more persistent rain in the south. Wet and windy on Saturday with heavy rain spreading east. Another band of rain will spread east on Sunday.

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Sunshine and showers; some of the showers heavy and thundery

Today: Tuesday 24th March 2015
A bright and breezy day with sunshine and showers. The showers will be most frequent and widespread in the afternoon with hail and thunder possible.

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Tomorrow: Wednesday 25th March 2015
Predominately dry with spells of sunshine and variable cloud, but a few isolated showers cannot be ruled out in eastern coastal areas.

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Rain and hill snow spreading east on Thursday. Sunshine and showers on Friday, but more persistent rain in the south. Wet and windy on Saturday.

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Cloud and patchy spreading south-eastwards

Today: Monday 23rd March 2015
Cloud and patchy rain will spreading south-eastwards followed by sunny spells and showers, some wintry over the high ground in Scotland.

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Tomorrow: Tuesday 24th March 2015
A bright and breezy, but chilly day with spells of sunshine and showers, again the showers may be wintry over high ground.

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The Next Few Day

Showers will ease on Wednesday leaving spells of sunshine. Rain spreading east on Thursday. Further rain on Friday, heavy at times.

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