Freak weather could have been predicted


2010-12-30 NatureNews doi:10.1038/news.2010.685

Julia Slingo says the Met Office needs more computing power. Susannah Ireland

Julia Slingo says the Met Office needs more computing power. Susannah Ireland

UK Met Office is being held back by a lack of computing power, says its chief scientist Julia Slingo.

This year was a busy one for meteorologists, as they tracked heat waves, monsoons, and winds carrying volcanic ash. Nicola Jones catches up with Julia Slingo, chief scientist at the UK Met Office in Exeter, Devon, about how natural disasters and extreme weather events over the past 12 months have changed what Britain’s national weather centre does.

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