On Wednesday 13 October we will be talking to one of our tropical storm experts, Dr. Jyotika Virmani, about what tropical storms are and how we forecast them. The interview will take place on our Twitter feed at 16:30 (UK time), using the hastag #metqt, and should take between 30-45 minutes.
The 2010 Atlantic Hurricane season has been above average, in terms of storms, and we have had 15 named storms – eight have become hurricanes.
Dr. Virmani currently works at the Met Office as a Senior Scientist – her area of speciality is Ocean-Atmosphere Interactions.
Before joining the Met Office she was an Executive of the Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System Consortium.
She has previously worked as a research scientist at the GEC-Marconi Research Centre in Chelmsford and a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, at the College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, conducting research on hurricanes, climate, and ocean circulation.