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EXPERTISE
Meteorology & Climatology
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WITH:
BIOGRAPHY
Peter started work at the UK Met Office in 1971 at their London Weather Centre. He did some studying for a couple of years and got promoted to a forecaster in 1975. Thereafter he worked at many locations within UK and abroad. Most of his work was with the Forces - mainly RAF but also at a couple of Army helicopter bases. Apart from producing forecasts for aviation, the work involved giving regular briefings to aircrew and also in formal morning briefings to the Station Commander and all other Staff. At some postings he also did local radio broadcasts and have on a few occasions discussed interesting weather in television interviews.

Meteorology can be a complicated and difficult subject to put across to people but it is his intention to keep things simple and entertaining. His lectures contain contain lots of pictures and he hopes that at the end the audience will feel they know a little more about how the weather works.

His first lecture tells the story of how weather was studied and measured from cavemen through weather lore to modern days. He then goes on to explain the basic concept of how and why the weather exists. There is no mathematics and everything will be explained in plain English. These are then followed up with two lectures on the subject of Global Warming. He takes a balanced view and explains why the subject has become very controversial. There will be no definite answer as the science is not yet settled!

He is now 65 years old and has been retired from the UK Met Office for five years. He still takes a keen interest in the weather and follows developments on the internet. Peter has now presented his lectures on eight different cruises and judging by the number of questions and interest shown by the passengers the subject matter seems very popular.
TALK TITLES
Up to 8 talks:

At the end of the first talk I include a short summary of the kind of weather expected on the cruise - average temperature, rain etc.
Assuming Internet is available I always include a satellite picture and forecast for the next port of call. So far, my forecasts have been spot on!

1. History of weather and weather forecasting - from Stone Age to Supercomputer
2. A gentle introduction to understanding the weather - Why do we have weather and how does it work.
3. How do you make a weather forecast? - From pre to post computer forecasting explained simply
4. When a forecast goes wrong - the Michael Fish 'Hurricane' 1987 - Who was to blame, if anybody?
5. Global Warming - What is it, why, and is it all a myth?
6. Global Warming - Are we really all doomed
7. Killer hurricanes and other dangerous weather - How they occur and story of Katrina, New Orleans (Probably include recent Harvey)
8. The Last Weather Lecture - A round up of other topics - why does it rain? Etc etc.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
List of cruises and dates:
Discovery July 2010
Ocean Countess May 2011
Oriana August 2011
Black Watch March 2012
Balmoral June 2014
Boudicca November 2014
Black Watch June 2015
Thomson Dream November 2016
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Black Watch W1507 Cities & Landscapes of Canada 28 Liverpool Friday, May 22, 2015