Early Morning The day started by meeting at college at 6.30 am. We then drove down to Manchester airport, ready to fly down to Exceter.
In Exeter When we arrived in Exeter, we had transport arranged. We started the day in Exeter by going to the University first, then to the Met Office.
The University When we arrived at the university, we were taken to the maths department Where we met some of the professors and had some refreshments.
We then had a tour of the university, given by a student that attended. The tour was mainly of the grounds and accommodation, as there was not enough time to see all the separate departments. The University of Exeter has two campuses in Exeter and in Cornwall. For the university website: www.exeter.ac.uk For the prospectus: http://www.ex.ac.uk/prospectus/ For a virtual tour (from exeter.ac.uk): http://www.exeter.ac.uk/ virtualtours/index.shtml? icid=D056-3279672-017G
After our tour of the university, we had a talk about the weather. The talk showed the governing equations which are used to predict weather, how the formulas are created, the characters of atmospheric flow, and the models in spherical geometry. The presentation: http://blood.osfc.ac.uk/apn/aimhighermaths/Exeter/Exeter_uni_talk.pdf After the presentation, we had dinner at the University cafe, before Going to the Met Office.
The Met Office When we arrived at the met office, we had a presentation on the Met Office and what its everyday tasks where, including facts, staff information, environmental issues, observation, for forecasts are produced and about the day. The presentation can be viewed at: http://blood.osfc.ac.uk/apn/aimhighermaths/exeter/
After the presentation provided by the met office, we had a tour of the Met office. This started inside, where we saw how the weather is predicted from the pictures which are received on the computers. We was also shown the super computers.
The tour continued outside, where we viewed the instruments which predicted the weather.
View a video of the trip at: (filmed by Andrew Preston) https://mail.osfc.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http:// blood.osfc.ac.uk/apn/aimhighermaths/met.MPG View the webcam at the Met Office: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/ uk/webcam/exeter/index.html