Severe Weather

August 27, 2020


In this 20 minute recording Penny Tranter, meteorologist and broadcaster, is interviewed by Jacki Hill-Murphy, FRGS about her life and career with her particular focus on her current work with severe weather. Penny joined the Met Office in 1983 as a graduate trainee weather forecaster. She worked as a forecaster across the UK at the Norwich, Glasgow and Southampton Weather Centres before transferring to the Commercial division in 1990. In 1992 Penny joined the team at the BBC Weather Centre as a broadcast meteorologist, making her first television appearance on November 7th of that year. She appeared regularly on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News 24, BBC World, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and Radio Five Live. Penny is now a Met Office Advisor working with emergency responders and planners, specialising in severe weather. She is based in SW England, and remembers vividly the severe winter of 2013/14, when she worked closely with the emergency community involved in the response and recovery of the Somerset Levels flooding.

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