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Kirsty Pendlebury
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Kirsty Pendlebury

"If you want a rainbow, you have to deal with the rain." Roman Emperor Augustus.

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Hi, I’m Kirsty!

Here are a few facts about me and also my video about why I’m so passionate about inspiring and empowering people just like you to explore opportunities in STEM…

My career specialism:

Meteorology.

My current role:

Senior Meteorological Officer at Ronaldsway Meteorological Office.

When not STEM-ing you can find me…

Often still looking at the sky! But also out enjoying the Manx countryside.

Two fun facts about the weather!

  1. Have you ever noticed that if you’re lucky enough to see a double rainbow, that the colours of the secondary rainbow are the opposite way around to the primary rainbow?
  2. At Ronaldsway Met Office the hottest day on record was 12th July 1983 when we recorded a maximum temperature of 28.9°C. The coldest day on record was 31st December 1961 when we measured a minimum temperature of -9.1°C. Our records go back to 1947.

My career path:

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 though, 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!