School of Earth and Environment

Yorkshire Local Centre of the Royal Meteorological Society

The Yorkshire Centre is one of several local centres around the UK that organise regular meetings for those interested in all aspects of meteorology. Speakers present talks on a variety of topics and the meetings provide an opportunity to meet other members socially. Please register for our talks by clicking the "REGISTER HERE!" link next to each talk below or on the 'Future talks' tab.

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The Indian Monsoon with Prof Doug Parker

Tuesday 23rd May at 7pm, SEE seminar rooms, University of Leeds

The Indian Summer Monsoon is one of the most important climate systems on Earth, bringing the rains to sustain agricultural production for many hundreds of millions of people. The monsoon winds are known to convey moisture from the warm tropical oceans to the Indian subcontinent, where heavy rainfall occurs. The wet land surface then provides a water-cycle feedback with the rainfall, allowing significant recycling of the water between land and atmosphere. However, weather and climate prediction models struggle to represent the monsoon skilfully, with substantial errors in predicted rainfall, and particular problems forecasting monsoon onset. The talk will survey some of the current understanding of the dynamics of the Indian monsoon system, and will present a new conceptual model of the monsoon onset, highlighting the importance of dry air from the deserts in the northwest in suppressing rain in the pre-monsoon weeks. Observations and ideas from the 2016 INCOMPASS field campaign in India will also be presented, to illustrate some typical cases of monsoon meteorology.

Join us at 6pm for refreshments!


2016 Photo competition winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photographs and came to the event, it was a great evening and great way to kick off the festive season! Thanks also to Keeley - the competition judge.

Please see below for a run down of the winning photographs. We shall soon be making all of the photographs available to view following permission from the entrants.

"Best in Yorkshire" as judged by Keeley Donovan
Early morning winter Fewston reservoir, Yorkshire. Colourful pre-dawn cloud colour, by Rob Pearson
"Best Outside of Yorkshire"
The day to ski high! Inversion at Sun Peaks ski Resort BC – Canada Winter 2016, by Emily Cooke
"Audience's favourite"
Who would be a tree at 7500 feet in winter in British Columbia Canada? February 2016, by Graham Cooke

2015 Photo competition winners

"Best in Yorkshire" as judged by Keeley Donovan
Hedgerow Icicles taken near Buckden in the Upper Wharfedale valley, Nov 2015, by Carol Cherry
"Best Outside of Yorkshire"
Temperature inversion over Derwentwater in Cumbria, Oct 2015, by Hannah Price
"Audience's favourite"
Advection fog dispersing at Øfjord, Greenland, Sept 2015, by Peter Balchin
"Audience's 2nd favourite"
Temperature inversion near Stair in Cumbria, Feb 2015, by Helen Costelloe
Special mention to Jermiane Allen, our youngest member, with his photo of a double raindow in Adel, Aug 2015

About the RMS Yorkshire Centre.

Unless stated otherwise, all meetings are held in the Level 8 Seminar Room, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, (directions and map are on the contact page). Tea and coffee is provided in the common room from 6:00pm, talks all start at 7pm and last about an hour. The talks are free and open to members and non-members alike.

For regular updates about the meetings visit our facebook page: Royal Meteorological Society - Yorkshire Local Centre or twitter account: RMetSoc_Yorkshire.