Britain’s fascination with the weather is well known – and at the Met Office Headquarters in Exeter, every drop of rain, isobar and weather front is followed closely.
The information collected here is used for global forecasts and it’s particularly important to the Ministry of Defence.
From October, The Met Office is making a new forecast for the military on Forces TV – but it’s been providing data to the armed forces for more than 160 years.
It has forecasters stationed alongside personnel around the world.
The Met Office was established in 1854 – and initially managed by a Royal Navy Captain. Its service proved vital during the First and Second World Wars – as commanders recognised the value of understanding weather patterns for military operations.
As technology evolved – forecasting has become more accurate than ever before.
The Met Office now runs off a vast supercomputer – processing all the data it receives.
The new Met Office forecast on Forces TV replaces one produced by the BBC. It aims to cover many of the locations where the military are based.
The Met Office has its own studio on site – and uses many familiar faces on screen. It’s their task of making the forecast come alive on camera.
Whether it’s providing briefing information for a sortie, or a military operation – forecasts have a big impact on day to day activity.