Career memes of the week: meteorologist

23 Sep 2014

This week’s carer memes focus on meteorologists, which in Ireland’s case makes it one of the most difficult jobs in the country as they struggle to predict our temperamental weather.

While broadcast meteorologists are often on the receiving end of most of the abuse or praise, depending on their predictions, the vast majority of meteorologists rarely even get to see the light of day – ironically enough – let alone a TV camera.

For the most part, their day is spent trawling through reams of live weather data and patterns from satellite feeds and measurement stations across the country as well as developing new forecasting models in the hope that an incident such as Michael Fish’s incredibly incorrect prediction (video) of Hurricane Charley in 1986 doesn’t happen again.

They are also at the forefront of trying to monitor the ever-growing effects of climate change across the world and how this will effect marine life, sea levels as well as atmospheric changes due to depleting o-zone levels.  

In terms of employment, state-body meteorological agencies are usually the main employers of meteorologists, but increasingly companies who are heavily reliant on their services, including those running off-shore oil rigs or consulting firms.

Colm Gorey
By Colm Gorey

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic. He joined in January 2014 and covered AI, IoT, science and anything that will get us to Mars quicker. When not trying to get his hands on the latest gaming release, he can be found lost in a sea of Wikipedia articles on obscure historic battles and countries that don't exist any more, or watching classic Simpsons episodes far too many times to count.

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