Weather lab in the sky

The work of scientists from the UK academic community and the Met Office onboard the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) research aircraft is covered on The BBC and Channel 4 today.

The BBC’s Science Editor David Shukman joined yesterday’s flight to probe the developing depression to the southwest of Britain. He explains how the scientists on the DIAMET project use specialist instruments to measure the winds, temperature and humidity and cloud particles to help improve the forecasting of storms.

His article about the flight includes a short video  and it was also covered on the Radio 4 Today programme this morning  (1:44:45 – 1:48:00). You can see his full report on the 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock News on BBC 1 today.

Tom Clark Channel 4’s Science Editor was also on the flight and his report will be on C4 News at roughly 7.30pm this evening.

The DIAMET project also featured in the media last December when the FAAM research aircraft flew into a violent storm affecting Scotland. The Scottish Sun carried an exclusive two page spread about the flight.

You can find out more about the ‘Weather Lab in the Sky’ on our video

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