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!


Autumn Conference 2021

Saturday 9th October

The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) invites you to their Autumn 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
11:05 - 11:30
Regional trends in thunderstorm activity in the UK
Leah Hayward, University of Portsmouth
11:30 - 12:00
The early February easterly cold spell of 2021
Chris Bell, Weatherquest, Norwich
12:00 - 12:25
Hail characteristics and possible climate change influence in Greece
Michalis Sioutas, Meteorologist, ELGA (Hellenic National Agricultural Insurance Organisation), Thessaloniki, Greece
12:25 - 12:55
12:55 - 13:20
Tornadoes in the News, Autumn 2020 - Summer 2021
Robert Doe, TORRO and University of Liverpool
13:20 - 13:30
RAPID-FIRE TALK: The Thunderstorms of July 2021 in the UK and Ireland
Jonathan Webb, TORRO
13:30 - 13:40
RAPID-FIRE TALK: The Barking tornado of 25 June 2021
Sarah Horton, TORRO
13:40 - 13:50
RAPID-FIRE TALK: The 2021 USA Plains tornado season
Dan Holley, Weatherquest, Norwich
13:50 - 14:00
RAPID-FIRE TALK: The Czech Republic tornado of 24 June 2021
Paul Knightley, DTN and Head of TORRO


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