On the radio

Radio Broadcast

Through Weather Labs, you have a source of data that is incredibly attractive to local radio stations. There are hundreds of them and there will be one near you. So why not get your class on the airwaves. Call them up and propose a forecast, or invite them to come down and record the forecast live from your science classroom.

There's a list of local radio stations and contacts on Radio Now.

How to forecast for radio

So, what do we need to consider with radio? It's slightly differently to a television forecast, because you do not have the benefit of a flash set of on-screen graphics to help you. It is entirely reliant on you and your pressure!

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Remember that your Weather Labs data is accurate to a radius of 1 kilometre and is updated every two hours. You can be incredibly accurate with your data. Current models in the UK operate at a 4 kilometre radius so you have a tool that no-one else has - use it wisely! Remember that you can be far more confident in data that is produced for the next 24 hours - the further into the future you choose to go, the less accurate the data is likely to be.

Think local

Communicating anything scientific is about being effective with the information you have. Try to make your forecast relevant to your school or the local area. Is there something going on that could depend on the weather? A sports match or an outdoor event? Include them when you can.

Have a look at what I put in my forecasts for more ideas about what to include.

Going on air with your data and forecasts

When you're done, read through your script carefully. Think about how many facts and figures you think we can actually process while listening to the radio. You want to be accurate and provide a reliable service but you don't want to overload your listeners!

If and when you do persuade your local radio station to let you try out forecasting on air, you could spend some time telling your listeners how you managed to put your expert forcast together - they might fancy having a go themselves!

Have a look at Be a Good Weather Forecaster for more tips that will help you when you're on air.

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