The very British love affair with our weather was clearly uppermost in the minds of WOW (the Met Office’s Weather Website) when they launched a competition for schools to win a state of the art weather station.
For Lieutenant Commander Gordon Jones, who teaches Oceanography to Submariners at HM Naval Base Clyde, the chance to team up with his local school to put forward a bid seemed an opportunity too good to miss.
Working collaboratively to put an entry forward, Lieutenant Commander Jones and Rhu Primary School teacher, Jaqueline McGill, were delighted to receive notification that they had won!
Jaqueline McGill said “We were simply blown away to discover that we had won – we are one of only fourschools in Scotland and only ten across the UK to win this special prize. Gordon’s expert scientific knowledge helped tremendously with our competition entry.”
Gordon helped the Primary Year 7 pupils to build and install the weather station, to increase their technical understanding of the equipment and also delivered a lesson on Climatology and Meteorology to the pupils.
As one of the ten UK winners, Rhu Primary also has access to a dedicated forecaster for their location on the Met Office’s website, generated by the organisation’s new supercomputer, allowing better planning during the winter period.
Rhu Primary will now feed in real-time weather observations into the Met Office’s Weather Observation Website, helping it to improve weather forecasts and warnings across the UK.
Rhu Primary School’s weather forecasts can be viewed here.