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The wider legacy of Sir Robert Watson-Watt

September 15th, 2014 : 10:23 AM

By Chris Scott While lecturing in Dundee recently, I took the opportunity of visiting Pitlochry to pay my respects (Figure 1) to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the inventor of RADAR recently profiled in the BBC drama ‘Castles in the Sky’. While RADAR is the invention for which Watson-Watt was subsequently knighted, the research from which it […]

Not all Atlantic waves are good for surfing …

September 8th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Simon Rowell We’re now well into the North Atlantic Hurricane Season (generally taken from 1 June to 30 November each year, with the busiest months usually August and September). When a tropical depression gets named it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a hurricane (Beaufort Force 12 or above, 64 knots / 33 metres per second or more), […]

Heating up for a new academic year

August 25th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Maarten Ambaum When most “normal” people are enjoying their holidays, many academics are gearing up for the next academic year. Come October, when our new students sit expectantly in the lecture halls, we need to present them with the latest and greatest in atmospheric science. I have the privilege of teaching our MSc students […]


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