Budding forecasters at an Exeter school are now able to get real-time shipping information at their own weather station.
Pupils at Bramdean School use the AIS maritime system to chart the position of ships. The data is proving useful in their geography, physics and ICT lessons, according to headmistress Diane Stoneman.
"Very easily, you can look at any shipping throughout the world. It brings many facets of world trade and location to our screens and can become compulsive as you track the progress of different ships," she said.
Pupils have been studying different areas of shipping, starting locally in Devon looking at ships in the areas of Torquay, Branscombe and Plymouth.
Information about temperature, rainfall and atmospheric pressure is also gathered in real time. The forecast is generated using professional software, drawing information from more than 200 weather stations within a 1,000km radius of Exeter, including its own.