A trip to Benmore

The U3A meteorology group I am a member of recently to a trip west to Dunoon and the Royal Botanic Garden, Benmore where we met with some of the staff and saw their weather recording station. The weather was foul but the staff were fantastic and we had a great day. Many thanks to them. The gardens are gorgeous and a walk through even in the rain was pretty awesome.

Afterwards some of us had a stroll through the eerily beautiful Puck’s Glen with it’s multitude of waterfalls and amazing trees.

Some photos from the trip;

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My work background is in operational meteorology and in my career I have been involved in forecasting for everything from bananas to jumbo jets.I joined the Met Office 1974 as an observer at Glasgow Airport. After training as a forecaster, I worked as an Operational aviation forecaster at various defence sites and airports. In 1982, I moved to Glasgow Weather Centre as a forecaster and STV broadcaster till 1988. He then took up a post as Senior Forecaster London Weather Centre, then Senior Forecaster ITV where I qualified as a trainer in presentation techniques for the ITV Association. After being diagnosed with MS, he moved into management and became Head of London Weather Centre in 1997 followed by a period of front-line management for Southern England and Europe covering London and Cardiff Weather Centres and the Met Offices on defence stations from Akrotiri in Cyprus to St Mawgan in Cornwall. He took up the post of Met Office Chief Advisor for Scotland & Northern Ireland in March 2008 and moved to Edinburgh. I retired in September 2014. My one claim to fame is once performed a comedy sketch on TV with Manuel (Andrew Sachs) from Fawlty Towers in support of Comic Relief.

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