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The work of a Meteorological Officer in Climate Services ...
16 November 2017

Meteorological Officer in Climate Services, Tom

Tom studied Computer Science and Mathematics in UCD before joining Met …ireann in 2001. His current work primarily involves dealing with weather queries from members of the public. These range from simple queries about rainfall amounts, wind direction and sunshine to more complex queries that require more elaborate responses. He also produces the Weather Summary and updates the Weather Bulletin every month. In addition to this, he writes software applications, which interact with Met …ireann Climate database, which houses Ireland climate archive.

Tom previously worked at the weather station Malin Head, where he observed the weather for six years. This was a very enjoyable time in his career as he took great pride in producing comprehensive weather reports. His work in the Met …ireann Laboratory was very enjoyable as well and he completed a diploma in Molecular Science during his three years there.

A typical day for Tom is checking his diary to set out his work plan for the day, checking his emails first thing and then going about carrying out his work plan within time schedules. Tom is currently working on a long term records programme which identifies weather extremes over the last 70 years from the complete Climate and Rainfall station network. He has recently produced a generic data loader which uploads data and metadata in many different formats to the national climate database. His next project will involve providing up-to-date daily data from synoptic stations on the Met …ireann website.

Below is an image of Malin Headís station instruments.

 
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