Radio Verulam forecaster weathers the competition and wins a prize

Topics : Environment

Good Morning St Albans' weather forecaster David Bowker been awarded an academic prize by the Royal Meteorological Society for outstanding contributions to their journal and furthering the knowledge and understanding of the subject among the public as a whole.

David has been awarded the Gordon Manley prize from the Royal Meteorological Society for his work.

You can hear David's seven day local forecast, the only local forecast for our area on the radio, on Sunday mornings in "Good Morning St Albans, it's Sunday" with Jonny Seabrook.

The RMetS said:

"David Bowker has been a keen amateur member of the Society, contributing to its aims and helping to educate many in our science – not least in the lessons he gives as a geography (and Classics) teacher. This is shown well in seven interesting papers he has written for Weather, as well as many
photographs he has contributed for publication for more than 35 years.

He was an invaluable member of the Weather Editorial Board between 2014 and 2019; his keenness for meteorology was always evident and he was always engaged. David Bowker is a good reviewer, reflecting his knowledge as an author who has always promoted the Royal Meteorological Society. This is particularly notable, given that he is not a professional meteorologist.

His high standard of English came in particularly useful. He was a competent reviewer and, when necessary, always referred matters beyond his knowledge to the Editor or other Editorial Board members.

In 2015, he helped to select a guest Editor for the Young Peoples’ Special Issue and assisted in the review of papers to be published in it. He also deputised for the Editor during the latter’s summer holidays in 2015 and 2016, dealing with urgent matters and ensuring publication could proceed.
David Bowker became Book Reviews Editor in 2016, relinquishing this role in 2017, when he became one of the Weather Image Editors, carrying out this shared role for more than two years. He always sourced interesting images to illustrate the weather of the past month with little need to ask
for assistance and worked well with his co-editor in the role. While carrying out all these duties, hewas always able to work through life changes – in particular, two moves of school whilst he was on the Board, one of which was a long drive from home. He was an invaluable member of the Board."