So maybe, just maybe, in a few months my employer will no longer be owned by the Ministry of Defence. Okay, for most folks in computing that probably doesn't seem like a big deal. But for an organisation that's existed for over 150 years, that's a big change. Especially so for those employees who give the impression of having been there for most of that century and a half.
National meteorological services (or NMS's as we call 'em) are almost always state owned, and pretty much every country has one - even Somalia is trying to re-establish(*) one right now. I doubt it's because having crazy bearded scientists who claim to predict the weather is a source of great national pride, just that in an age of air travel, climate change, and expectation that governments anticipate, rather than just deal with, disaster having a decent weather service is a necessity.
Anyway, now there's some new things for me to learn. This looks to be a useful resource -
* Typing this "re" reminded me of a recent internal email advising staff who had signed a security document, that had since been amended, that they would be "asked to resign". How we all laughed!