I’m a meteorologist, currently working towards a PhD in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading (you can check out my departmental web page here). I’m working on the NERC SCENARIO-funded project “How can the stratosphere help us predict the weather several weeks ahead?“, supervised by Andrew Charlton-Perez, Steve Woolnough and Jason Furtado. The aim of the project is to improve sub-seasonal forecasting through a better understanding of stratosphere-troposphere coupling and its representation in forecast models. As part of this, I’ll be spending summers in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, where I spent the third year of my MMet Meteorology and Climate degree. Otherwise, I’m originally from Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
In July 2018, I went viral on Twitter by comparing the UK heatwaves of 2018 and 1976, which showed how the event in 2018 was less unusual with respect to the global background climate. The tweet sparked media discussion around the world, and popularised ‘#GlobalHeatwave’.
My main meteorological interests include long-range forecasting, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, jet streams, climate dynamics, ENSO, weather records, and climate change.
Outside of meteorology, I enjoy running and road cycling, hiking, birdwatching, gardening, and generally being outdoors. I’m a fan of Manchester City FC.
My career so far:
2018-2021 (est.) PhD in Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, University of Reading.
Project: How can the stratosphere help us predict the weather several weeks ahead?
2014-2018 Master’s degree in Meteorology and Climate (MMet), University of Reading [with a year at the University of Oklahoma].
Dissertation: Trends in the North Atlantic upper-level jet stream in reanalyses.