Dr Eddy Graham

Lews Castle College UHI
Isle of Lewis

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Eddy Graham
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Available to talk to the media about

  • Weather
  • Meteorology
  • Climate
  • Climate change

In the following languages

English, French, Gaelic (intermediate), German (intermediate), Spanish


Dr. Edward Graham (aka "Eddie" and “Eddy”) is lecturer at Lews Castle College UHI (Stornoway). He teaches on a range of programmes including the Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Geography degrees. He also teaches postgraduate statistics. Eddie is a qualified meteorologist, having worked in a former life as an operational weather forecaster. He is also an active researcher, most recently studying water vapour dynamics over the Canary Islands, as well as using high resolution climate data in a study to find candidate mountain summits for a future astronomical observatory in Kenya. Eddie was a visiting sabbatical researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Tenerife, Spain) during 2017.

Eddie holds a BA(Mod) in Natural Sciences (Trinity College Dublin), an MSc in Applied Meteorology (University of Reading), and a PhD (University of Bern, Switzerland). Over the years, Eddie has lived in Ireland, UK, Canada, Switzerland and Spain, and he strongly encourages his students to travel widely, learn foreign languages and broaden their life experiences.

Eddie writes a regular weather column for the Stornoway Gazette newspaper, and is usually available for comment or interview during spells of extreme weather. He is often to be found on Twitter at @eddy_weather.

Current research

  • Astronomical site selection and site testing for large telescopes
  • Clouds and water vapour dynamics
  • Climate modelling reanalyses
  • Meso-scale meteorology
  • Energy and sustainability

Research groups/interest

  • Editorial Journal Board Member of Royal Meteorological Society ‘Weather’
  • Member Climatological Observer's Link (COL), Irish Meteorological Society
  • Other memberships have included the Canadian Oceanographic and Meteorological Society (CMOS), Tornado and Storm Research Organisation (TORRO), American Meteorological Society (AMS) and Irish Geographical Society (IGS)
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS)

Selected publications

  • Graham, E. Vaughan, R., Buckley, D. A. H. and Tirima, K. (2016) Search for an Astronomical Site in Kenya (SASKYA) using Climate Data, Theoretical and Applied Climatology 124(1-2), pp.425-449.
  • Graham, E., Vaughan, R. and Buckley, D. (2016) Search for an Astronomical Site in Kenya (SASKYA) update: Installation of on-site automatic meteorological stations. J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 595 012012.  doi:10.1088/1742-6596/595/1/012012 http://iopscience.iop.org/1742-6596/595/1/012012/ 
  • Koffi, E., Graham, E. and C. Mätzler (2013): The water vapour flux above Switzerland and its role in the August 2005 extreme precipitation and flooding. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 22(3), 328-341. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/mz/2013/00000022/00000003/art00007
  • Graham, E., E. Koffi and C. Mätzler (2012): An observational study of air and water vapour convergence over the Alps & the development of isolated thunderstorms, Meteorologische Zeitschrift,21(6), 561-574 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/schweiz/mz/2012/00000021/00000006/art00003?crawler=true
  • Graham, E. (2012), A Hebridean frost hollow made visible, Weather, 67(2), 45-47 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wea.809/abstract
  • Graham, E., Sarazin, M. And C. Matzler (2011), Using re-analysis model data (“FriOWL”) to analyse climate trends related to astroclimatology of Paranal and La Silla, Revista Mexicana de Astronomía y Astrofísica, 41, 12-15 http://www.astroscu.unam.mx/rmaa/RMxAC..41/PDF/RMxAC..41_egraham.pdf
  • Graham, E., Matzler, C., Morland, J. and U. Germann (2006) Integrated water-vapour dynamics over Switzerland during severe precipitation in August 2005, Geophysical Research Abstracts, 8, 10764
  • Graham, E. (2006a): The Mistral as seen by satellite, Weather, 61 (9), 267-268
  • Sarazin, M., Graham, E. and Kurlandczyk, H. (2006) FRIOWL: A Site Selection Tool for the European Extremely Large Telescopes (E-ELT) Project, The Messenger, 125, September 2006, 44-47.
  • Graham, E. (2006b): 200mm falls in Ireland, Weather, 61 (5), 151(1)
  • Slonosky, V. and Graham, E. (2005) Canadian pressure observations and circulation variability: links to air temperature. International Journal of Climatology 25 (11), 1473-1492
  • Graham, E., Sarazin, M., Beniston, M., Collet, C., Hayoz, M., Neun, M. and P. Casals (2005) Climate-based site selection for a Very Large Telescope using GIS techniques. Meteorological Applications, 12, 77-81
  • Graham, E. (2004) The Emerald Isle turns white: Snow and very low surface temperatures over Ireland during Christmas 2000, Weather, 59 (1), 15-19
  • Graham, E., Sarazin, M., Beniston, M., Collet, C., Hayoz, M., Neun, M. and Goyette, S. (2004): Site Selection for OWL using past, present and future climate information. Proceedings of the SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 5489 (4), 102-112
  • Graham, E. (2002): Nacreous clouds in November 1999 and record low ozone, Weather, 57 (3), 107-108
  • Graham, E. (1993): The urban heat island of Dublin city during the summer months, Irish Geography, 26, 43-57