Who is behind the weather forecasts? The profession of a meteorologist

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We often discuss the weather, the forecast, climate change, and so on, but let’s discuss who does it, who monitors the weather and studies it.

Meteorologist is a person who studies land and atmosphere patterns, specifically the climate and weather.
Meteorologists, or atmospheric scientists, study weather conditions and forecast weather changes. By analyzing weather maps covering large geographic areas and related charts, like upper-air maps and soundings, they can predict the movement of fronts, precipitation, and pressure areas. They forecast such data as temperature, winds, precipitation, cloud cover, and flying

conditions. To predict future weather patterns and to develop increased accuracy in weather study and forecasting, meteorologists conduct research on such subjects as atmospheric electricity, clouds, precipitation, hurricanes, and data collected from weather satellites. Other areas of research used to forecast weather may include ocean currents and temperature.

To be successful as a meteorologist, the person should be able to analyze data accurately, take sound operational decisions, and work under pressure.

Key skills for meteorologists:

  • Analytical skills
  • Genuine interest in weather systems
  • Teamworking skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Mathematical abilities Meteorologist Responsibilities:
  • Analyzing and recording data from global weather stations, satellites, and radars.
  • Making interpretations from the land, sea, and atmosphere patterns.
  • Providing weather reports.
  • Applying mathematical and physical formulae and using computer modeling applications to make weather predictions.
  • Researching and predicting climate changes.
  • Improving weather prediction models.

• Keeping up-to-date with technological developments.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook is strong for atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists. Predicted to grow 12 percent from 2016 through 2026 faster than the average for all occupations meteorology jobs also come with high median salaries of more than $92,000 a year.

Results of meteorologists’ work as well as professional weather model made you can check out on weatherapi.com!


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