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 2023

Saturday 14th October

The Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO) invites you to their Autumn Conference 2023. The conference will be in-person/live. Entry is free and all are welcome. Space is limited and so advance registration is required (see below).

Location: Gibbs Building: Room G117, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford, OX3 0BP

Registration desk opens at 10:30, refreshment facilities are available nearby on campus.


11:00 - 11:10
Welcome to the conference and introductions
Paul Knightley (DTN and Head of TORRO)
11:10 - 11:55
Weather patterns and tornado activity in the UK
Lizzie Greenhalgh (University of East Anglia)
11:55 - 12:40
LEELA: The Met Office's next generation lightning location system
Peter Kirk (Met Office and TORRO Tornado Division)
12:40 - 14:10
Basic refreshment facilities nearby – e.g. Café Central on the Campus is open all day. An opportunity to talk to other participants and to show your weather-related photos and to make new contacts. Plus the TORRO EXHIBITION (including posters)
14:10 - 15:00
UK Hailstorms: Enhanced climatology of large hail in the UK
Henry Wells (Loughborough University)
15:00 - 15:10
15:10 - 15:30
From the Archives: Highlights from historical TCO and early TORRO records
Jonathan Webb (TORRO Thunderstorm Division)
15:30 - 15:45
The Littlehampton tornado, 17 September 2023
Sarah Horton (TORRO Tornado Division)
15:45 - 16:15
Open Session
An opportunity to mention other recent severe weather highlights – 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.
Conference closes
As usual, informal after-conference food, drink and discussions available at the nearby White Horse pub. All are welcome!


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