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Kirsty Pendlebury
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Kirsty Pendlebury

From the moment I saw the film Twister at the age of 12, I was fascinated by the weather.

Maths wasn’t really my strong point, but with a bit of extra help I achieved the A-levels required to go to Reading University. I started with a foundation science year then graduated in 2008 with a BSc in Meteorology.

I was then successful in gaining a place on the Initial Forecasters Course at the UK Met Office Headquarters in Exeter. Upon completing the course I did on the job training in their main Operations Centre, I became fully qualified in December 2011.
Whilst at the UK Met Office I created weather forecasts for UK airports, energy and travel companies, as well as writing weather scripts for BBC Radio and even forecasting for Manchester Football Club!

Ultimately thought I always wanted to return home to the Isle of Man, and when a job was advertised in February 2013. I submitted my application.

I started at Ronaldsway Meteorological Office in June 2013, my role requires me to give forecasts to a wide variety of customers, including aviators and mariners who operate in and around the Isle of Man, as well as writing forecasts for the general public. Sometimes you may even hear me on Manx Radio!

I am always trying to encourage others into becoming a weather geek, and I love being involved in science. No two days are ever the same in the world of weather forecasting and it is the kind of science that you can literally see what’s happening right in front of your very eyes!