A lot has happened since I last wrote. It is now August (...AUGUST!?) and the department is eeriely quiet, now that the undergrads are gone and research group meetings are on hold. As an early PhD student, I am just beginning to understand the monotony of coming in to work, battle with computer code, obtain … Continue reading Perks of a PhD life: seeing the world!
Time flies when you're having fun. Three weeks ago, for the first time of many to come, I took a seat at my desk in my new office at Reading university. That's right my friends. I've started a PhD. In meteorology. Air quality modelling, to be precise. And I still can't believe it. Like, LITERALLY … Continue reading New Beginnings: I’m a PhD student!
1st September: the first day of meteorological autumn, which lasts for three months exactly, ending on the 30th November. Having grown up with seasons defined by equinoxes and solstices , it was until recently a strange concept to me that meteorologists use the actual calendar to define seasons. It turns out that statistics, calculations and averages … Continue reading Start of Meteorological Autumn
Easter weekend 2016 witnessed an angry visitor land on the shores of the UK. First disrupting the peace in Cornwall, subsequently working her way north-eastwards towards Norfolk, Katie the Storm was the 11th named storm since the system began last year as a public project. She was a bit of a hotshot: here on Easter Sunday … Continue reading Katie’s Stormy Moods
Spending the penultimate weekend of August in the proximity of the beautiful Brecon Beacon hills was certainly worth the mugginess, the occasional downpours and even the slight case of facial sunburn upon my return from the Green Man festival. Currently sipping on a chai tea latte and with some Hot Chip vibes in the air, … Continue reading Green Man Festival 2015 with the Met Office & RMetS!
Lately, I have been finding it especially cumbersome to work out what I would like to do when I grow up. I say this as if I'm still a child. Yet here is where my degree begins to branch off into specialisms, and I've still no idea which branch to climb! In light of this, … Continue reading RMetS Student Conference 2015
Have you ever spotted some dark cloud silhouettes on a backdrop of a brightly lit, twilight sky - somewhat resemblant of sand dunes made of electric blue cloud? Then you've witnessed the picturesque phenomenon called Noctilucent Clouds (NLCs) due to their "night shining" - or, as they are sometimes called, Polar Mesospheric Clouds (PMCs) due to … Continue reading Noctilucent Clouds