|Professor Terence Meaden
Head of TORRO
The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO), founded by Terence Meaden in 1974, is a privately-supported research body serving the national and international public interest. Originally called the Tornado Research Organisation it was expanded in 1982 following the inclusion of the Thunderstorm Census Organisation (TCO). Data-collection, research and co-ordination is undertaken by the Directors of TORRO, which is supported by some 300 to 400 observers, investigators and other contributors. Most supporters are British, with a smaller number from elsewhere in Europe and across the world.
Work by all TORRO Staff - the Directors, Executives, European Representatives, and all members and supporters - is undertaken voluntarily. Until 1998, all funding was undertaken by the Directors with the help of donations. In 1998 the official membership scheme was launched to ease the increasing financial burden. TORRO Staff are composed of professional and amateur meteorologists, with academic qualifications ranging from novices to doctorates: the only requirement is an interest in the subject area, enthusiasm and a desire to add to the body of scientific knowledge for the good of mankind.
The core of TORRO's activity has been in data collection, site investigations and climatological research. Despite limited budgets TORRO has expanded into other areas such as forecasting
and the growth of core activities from the British and Irish starting-point to a continental scale now encompassing all of Europe. TORRO carries out research on many aspects of severe weather including hailstorms
, lightning impacts
Since 1985, TORRO has hosted annual conferences
providing a platform for presenting recent case studies, site investigations and research in the field of severe weather. In more recent decades these are held bi-annually, usually in April and October. In 1998 the official membership scheme
|Head of TORRO
|Deputy Head of TORRO
|Prof Terence Meaden
|Prof Terence Meaden
|Thunderstorm and Severe Weather Division (Thunderstorms, hail and lightning impacts)
|Severe Weather Forecast Division
|Dr Robert Doe