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I am a qualified meteorologist, trained and employed by MetService in New Zealand.
After completing a Master of Science in Physics at the University of Canterbury in 1998, with a thesis titled "Forecasting Vortex Filaments", I pursued my atmospheric science interest further and joined MetService as a trainee meteorologist.
Following a one year in-house training course, including a part-time component at Victoria University in Wellington, I started operational forecasting at the end of 1998, and in early 2000 achieved "Meteorologist, WMO Class I" status.
In case you're curious just what a WMO Class I Meteorogogist is, the following is from the WMO publication WMO-No.258 - Guidelines for the education and training of personnel in meteorology and operational hydrology - Vol.1 Meteorology;
"Class I - University trained personnel with adequate education in mathematics and Class I physics, and who have successfully completed a course in meteorology to the standard specified by the syllabi. The period of instruction includes at least 4 years of university education (in prerequisite subjects and meteorology), supplemented by at least six months of on-the-job training. Main duties: operational day-to-day work, such as weather forecasting; consulting, directing and decision-making; also, responsibility for research and development, management.There are certainly more dangerous careers out there...
These personnel must have a thorough grounding in dynamic, synoptic and physical meteorology. They should also have a basic knowledge of climatology, hydrology, oceanography and ocean-atmosphere interaction, meteorological instruments and methods of observation, meteorological data processing, satellite meteorology, and air pollution meteorology."
During my time at MetService I have worked as a specialised 'public', 'aviation' and 'marine' meteorologist, also as a 'lead' and 'expert' severe weather meteorologist. I am now the Manager of the Severe Weather Services division, responsible for operational management of the Expert/Severe Weather and specialised TCWC tropical meteorologist teams.
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