TORRO hosts bi-annual conferences, usually in April and October, at Oxford Brookes University. The first conference was held in 1985, and various presentations are given on all aspects of weather, especially severe weather. In the Spring conference, TORRO staff present annual reviews of the previous year's severe weather, and severe weather forecasts. We welcome suggestions for future talks - if you'd like to present or have an idea get in touch!


Spring Conference 2021

Saturday 17th April

The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) invites you to their Spring Conference 2021. In accordance with current guidance, this will be a Virtual online event. Participation is Free and All are welcome. Advance registration is required (see below).

Notes: This conference is 100% online. It is free to attend, but you must register in advance to receive the log-in access link, which should not be shared as there are a limited number of virtual seats. Online conferences are subject to; your internet speed/reliability, the bandwidth of the hosting software, the internet speed/reliability of the presenters and organizers, differing quality of audio visual accessories. We will endeavour to contact attendees by their given email address should there be any technical issues which we can mitigate. The meeting will run to the times stated, but as this is a new medium for us, we appreciate your understanding should times change. Presentations will likely be a mix of recorded and live. There will be an opportunity for questions via a chat box. All attendees are requested to turn off their web cameras and the organizer will mute your audio so you are in listen only mode to aid the smooth running of this virtual event.


11:00 - 11:05
Welcome to the conference and introductions
Paul Knightley, DTN and Head of TORRO
11:05 - 11:15
New TORRO website and other TORRO updates
Dan Holley, Weatherquest / Paul Knightley, DTN and Head of TORRO
11:15 - 11:40
TORRO Annual Review 2020 – Thunderstorms
Jonathan Webb, TORRO Thunderstorm Division
11:40 - 12:00
TORRO Annual Review 2020 – Tornadoes and Waterspouts in the UK
Peter Kirk, Met Office and TORRO Tornado Division
12:00 - 12:15
TORRO Annual Review 2020 – Severe weather forecasts
Paul Knightley, DTN and Head of TORRO
12:15 - 12:35
Case Study: Thunderstorms and extreme rainfall in south Norfolk, 16 August 2020
Dan Holley, Weatherquest
12:35 - 13:05
13:05 - 13:25
Tornado Site Investigations: Introduction
Matt Clark, TORRO / John Tyrell, TORRO
13:25 - 13:45
Tornado Site Investigation: Example 1. The Bow Street tornado, Ceredigion, 28 Nov 2006
John Mason, TORRO, Wales
13:45 - 14:10
Tornado Site Investigation: Example 2. From Farnborough to Barton on Sea. A collaborative approach to Site Investigations
Sarah Horton, TORRO
14:10 - 14:40
Open Session for participants: images/questions/discussion (and answers!)
An opportunity for any participant to include recent severe weather highlights – winter (snow etc) summer (convective storms etc), UK or further afield! If you wish to show images, please mention when registering. We will then ask for you send them to us with a short commentary, which will be read out by Paul.


Please email with your name and the name of any others who are attending with you.

TORRO is obliged by law to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). For the purposes of organising TORRO conferences and meetings we will hold your name and contact details as secure digital records. Your submission of these details is taken as explicit agreement that we may continue to do so. We will not use your details for other purposes without your explicit permission and will not pass them onto third parties. If, at anytime, you wish to know exactly what personal details we do hold and/or wish them to be deleted or changed in any way then you may contact: