So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, we all made it back to the Met Office HQ, but at some point the box containing all of the game results ended up at the wrong person’s desk, and it took a while to track down! I can announce that the winner of the final day of the game was Jenna Holder, who not only wins a mug, but also the grand prize of the umbrella and mini weather station too! She guessed at 185,326 strokes on Sunday 8th July, and was out by only 5! Pretty impressive stuff considering the next closest guess of the week was out by a few thousand!
We’ll now start tracking down the winners of the mugs and start shipping them out. This will probably be the last post on this blog, so thank you for reading, we’ve had a lot of fun, and we may see you back at the science exhibition next year!
So, I’m back again with the results for the game from Saturday. 245313 strokes were detected by ATDnet over Europe, slightly fewer than the day before but still quite high. We had a few storms dotted about East Anglia in the afternoon, which then moved west into the Midlands. Best guess of the day was Arjun Roo, congratulations!
It’s the last day of the exhibition, and we’ve had a lot of fun, but we’re mostly just looking forward to a well earned break! I’ll try to announce the results of today’s game tomorrow, and also announce the winner of the grand prize of a Met Office umbrella and mini weather station, but we’ll be busy packing up tomorrow, so sorry if you don’t hear from me!
Sorry for not posting yesterday, we only have 1 computer to run the lightning game and display the current lightning on, and we were so busy yesterday I didn’t get a chance to use it! On Friday, 260188 strokes were detected by ATDnet, the highest total of the week. The best guess was made by Julia Couchman, who win herself a Met Office mug!
The code is being run right this second to check how many strokes were detected yesterday, so I’ll be back soon with the next result!
So we’re halfway through the exhibition, and we’ve had a lot of interesting and interested visitors so far. There have been a few sttorms over the UK for us to show people, particularly over northern England and the Scottish Highlands yesterday afternoon.
Yesterday there were 203,138 lightning strokes picked up by ATDnet over Europe. The closest guess in our game was Hannah Colby, with 198,850: well done to Hannah, she wins a Met Office mug, and is in with a chance of winning the grand prize for the week of an umbrella and a mini weather station!
There will be lots of rain around today, particularly in the north, so take a rain coat if you’re heading out: more details can be found on the Met Office website.
Another very busy and fun day at the exhibition! Quite a bit of lightning observed over parts of Northern England and Scotland. Congratulations to Louisa Burt who guessed closest to the grand total of 96,970 lightning strikes observed over Europe yesterday! Another stormy night to come for parts of the continent. Watch this space for more details!
The first day of the exhibit went really well, and it was a learning experience both for us and for the visitors. The lightning game was a success, although the number of lightning strokes over Europe did surpass our estimate: it ended up at 224,503! The winner of the game was James Irvine, who wins a Met Office mug!
It looks like there will be plenty of storms over the continent today, and possibly a few over the UK too. I’ll be back here each day to announce the winners and keep you all updated!
It’s our final day in the office before packing up and heading to London for the Exhibition, and it’s a bit of a mad rush to get everything ready! We’ve been practicing and preparing for weeks now, so we’re all looking forward to the real thing.
There’s been a lot of media coverage about the storms that hit the Midlands and Northern England on Thursday. ATDnet detected more than 1000 lightning strokes over the UK in a 5 minute period at the peak during the afternoon. While the storms themselves were fascinating for us to observe, the damage and turmoil they caused reinforces the importance of what we do. Observing and understanding storms like those we saw yesterday is incredibly important for protecting property and lives, and the work we do in Observations will allow us to improve our ability to predict track similar storms in the future.
Going back to the exhibition next week, we’ll have a number of ways for getting visitors involved in our stand, ranging from a miniature interactive lightning detection system and a live weather display as used by our forecasters, right through to colouring sheets the little ones! We’ll also be running a daily game for people to guess how many lightning strokes will be detected by ATDnet in Europe during that day, with a prize for whoever comes closest each day, and a grand prize for the closest guess of the week.
Yesterday, ATDnet detected 111,508 lightning strokes in Europe, shown in the image above. This was a fairly average day for storms over Europe, as in the past week totals have ranged from 50,000 to 160,000 strokes per day. We’ll have little voting slips for people who come to our stall to put down their name and their school (any information taken will be restricted and destroyed after the event!) and the following day, we’ll check the total strokes in the area in the plot, and the person who comes closest wins a prize! If we can, we’ll put the daily winners and similar plots to the one below up on this blog each day.
That’s it from us for now; we look forward to seeing you next week!
Trial runs and games
This week we’ve got two groups of local students visiting to ‘test’ our exhibit (well, the bits of it which have been finished!). One group came yesterday morning and we have another visit this afternoon. We showed some of them the things we’re presenting and had some good chats about their thoughts on storms and volcanoes. I managed to convince one of my colleagues to demonstrate the special lightning survival pose which was not only a useful tip for the visitors but also pretty funny. If you come along to the exhibition it could be your challenge to make someone show you it.
The picture is a game which Graeme devised for the students, where they had to try to guess the number of lightning strokes in the image. These storms all happened last Friday afternoon and Graeme gave the clue that the answer fell between 1000 and 2000… any guesses?
Adam managed to get 35 beautiful flyers from the Royal Society, promoting the exhibition, and then got permission to put them in the Met Office coffee shop. It gets very busy in there because our offices are open plan, so if you need to discuss something it’s a good place to go to avoid disturbing your colleagues. Well, that’s my excuse… obviously it has nothing to do with the cakes. Anyway, Adam sent me the photo first thing this morning so hopefully by the end of today we’ll have attracted even more visitors to the exhibition.
In other news, despite the ‘help’ from Chloe the cat, the roster still hasn’t been finalised. I think I shouldn’t have created the version called roster_final, it was asking for trouble!
Melanie (photo taken by Adam)