Chris Skidmore, science minister for the UK, has announced £7m (US$9m) of funding for a new mission to study how solar wind interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, potentially impacting satellites, power grids and communication networks. - March 2019
Weather solution provider Baron has announced a new partnership with the University of Mississippi to implement its Baron Threat Net weather monitoring and forecasting tools with the aim of improving campus safety. - March 2019
Environmental measurement specialist Vaisala has signed a five-year agreement with the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) to deliver 600 road weather stations throughout Sweden. - March 2019
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) latest geostationary weather satellite GOES-17 has completed its calibration phase and is now operating in the GOES West position, helping National Weather Service (NWS) forecasters to predict storm systems, fog clouds and wildfires. - March 2019
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), which has meteorological faculties in Florida and Arizona, has selected Baron Lynx weather graphics and precision storm tracking tools for a variety of educational purposes. - February 2019
Environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala has been contracted by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to deliver and install 13 Vaisala Autosonde AS41 automatic sounding systems, with the first setup scheduled for March 2019. - February 2019
The Ghanaian government has completed the installation of 10 automatic weather stations as part of its World Bank-backed E-Transform Project, helping to significantly improve the data gathering and weather prediction capabilities of the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet). - February 2019
China’s 35th Antarctic expedition team has successfully installed a new automatic weather station to collect data on temperature, relative humidity, wind direction and windspeed for what the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) refers to as the Panda region of Antarctica. - February 2019
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) have joined forces to help the nation’s weather and climate modeling scientists achieve mutual benefits through more strategic collaboration, shared resources and information. - February 2019
Hydro Tasmania, the predominant electricity generator in the state of Tasmania, Australia, will be able to better harness and supply clean energy through a new partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM). - January 2019
Environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala has developed the capability to distinguish cloud-to-ground lightning strokes that contain continuing current, the most damaging of lighting strokes. - December 2018
US radar manufacturer EEC has received an Emmy Award for the joint-development of its StormRanger mobile X-band weather radar truck, currently used for television weather forecasting and reporting. - December 2018
The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) provisional statement on the State of the Climate has labelled 2018 as the fourth highest average global temperature on record, with the 20 warmest years coming in the past 22 years, and top four in the past four years. - December 2018
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) largest oceanographic research vessel, NOAA Ship Ronald H Brown, docked at its home port in Charleston, South Carolina, on October 22, 2018, after a 243-day voyage around the world to conduct scientific research and service buoys that inform global weather, climate and ocean forecasting. - November 2018
The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has entered a cooperation agreement with satellite communications specialist ATLAS Space Operations to provide ground station services to ATLAS’s polar orbit customers. - November 2018
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has identified a site in Wimmera, Victoria, as the location for its new state-of-the-art weather radar, providing local residents and businesses with real-time weather information. - November 2018
Eumetsat has successfully launched its third MetOp satellite, MetOp-C, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to continue the provision of data for weather forecasting from polar orbit. - November 2018
Aerospace technology developer Harris Corporation and security, communication and aviation specialist L3 Technologies have agreed to a merger of equals, following a unanimous decision from the boards of both companies. - October 2018
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said that its new landmark report on climate change should act as a wake-up call about the huge challenges and benefits of limiting global warming to 1.5°C in view of the escalating threats from rising temperatures. - October 2018
Maritime navigation and compliance specialist ChartCo has selected global weather forecaster MeteoGroup to deliver its weather routing technology services (SPOS) through its OneOcean platform. - October 2018
Meteorological technology developer Baron Services has announced the establishment of the Baron Critical Weather Institute, a not-for-profit organization charged with investigating how weather impacts all aspects of the transportation industry. - October 2018
Weather Telematics, a subsidiary of technology development firm Internet of Things Inc., has been granted a patent from the European Patent Office (originally filed in 2015) for the mobile collection, analysis and processing of meteorological data. - September 2018
Environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala has expanded its field support team and opened a new operations center in Birmingham in the UK, to better support service needs for its Triton Wind Profiler. - September 2018
US space agency NASA launched its Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) from California on September 15, 2018, with the aim of measuring the ice sheets in Earth’s most extreme regions with unprecedented accuracy. - September 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has been awarded a contract by Météo-France, the national meteorological service for France, to supply a Terminal Doppler Lidar system (Diabrezza A Series) for use at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, the country’s second-busiest international airport. - August 2018
Wind and solar performance maps from Vaisala, a Finnish manufacturer of environmental sensors, have found that the same meteorological conditions behind the current heatwave in Western Europe have contributed to a wind drought, negatively affecting wind energy performance in markets including the UK, France, Spain, Germany and Scandinavia. - August 2018
The American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) annual State of the Climate report has found 2017 to be one of the top three warmest years since records began in 1850, following 2015 and 2016 as the first and second warmest years. - August 2018
A new study by the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, predicts that future climate change is set to positively affect hydropower generation at the majority of sites in India. - August 2018
Following the launch of its new thunderstorm detection system for the wind energy sector, meteorological equipment specialist Biral has produced a technical White Paper on the success of this system in detecting imminent lightning.
- August 2018
With less than two months to go, visitors should be sure to make plans to see the three vendor workshops taking place on the exhibition floor at Meteorological Technology World Expo, taking place from October 9-11 in the Netherlands at Amsterdam RAI. - August 2018
The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) has donated US$2.4m-worth of meteorological equipment to the government of Namibia, Africa, reports Chinese news agency Xinhua. - July 2018
The UK Met Office has signed a new seven-year deal to provide on-site meteorologists and bespoke forecasts for the airfield at London Heathrow Airport, UK. It will be the first time in 15 years that an extended on-site Met Office team will oversee the airfield observations. - July 2018
The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) executive council is holding its annual session from 20-29 June 2018, with a focus on addressing high-impact weather and climate change and forming relationships with the private sector. - June 2018
미국 버지니아 주에 위치한 NASA의 Wallops 비행 기지에서 5월 21일 발사된 Orbital ATK의 Cygnus 우주선에 CubeSat 세 대가 적재됐습니다. 이번 발사는 국제 우주 정거장에 보급품을 전달하는 Orbital ATK의 아홉 번째 임무였습니다. CubeSat은 시리얼 상자 크기의 위성으로서 차세대 지구 관측 기술로서 성능을 시험하게 됩니다. - May 2018
이집트 국내 날씨 예보를 담당하는 이집트 기상청(EMA)이 이집트에서 나날이 증가하는 비인가 날씨 예보 문제를 막기 위해 새로운 법안의 초안을 마련했다고 발표했습니다. - May 2018
The global critical weather intelligence provider Baron has announced the appointment of international weather expert John L (Jack) Hayes, who has been tasked with expanding the Huntsville, Alabama-based company’s global business development initiatives. - April 2018
Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala has compiled data from its global lightning detection network, the Global Lightning Dataset GLD360, to demonstrate the overall volume of lightning strokes as well as the countries with the highest lightning stroke density in the world. - April 2018
Software firm Kisters and private European weather organisation MeteoGroup have announced the addition of water environment specialist DHI Group as a third partner in the HydroMaster partnership. - April 2018
브리지스톤 월드 솔라 챌린지(Bridgestone World Solar Challenge)는 전 세계에서 가장 유명한 태양열 자동차 경주 중 하나입니다. 이 경기는 10월 중순에 열렸으며, 참가자들은 호주 전역에 걸쳐 3,000km(1,864마일)의 거리를 달렸습니다. 벨기에의 펀치 파워트레인 솔라 팀이 Lufft WS504 지능형 기상 센서에 힘입어 3위를 차지했습니다. - November 2017
전문가들은 2020년까지 제작되는 새 유럽 바람 지도(European Wind Atlas)는 풍력 에너지 평가를 개선하고 풍력 발전 단지의 장소에 대해 새로운 기준을 제시할 것이라고 말했습니다. - September 2017
GAMIC은 미국 항공 우주 및 방위 산업체인 General Dynamics의 자회사인 Applied Physical Sciences(APS)가 사용하도록 개발된 신제품인 500MHz 중간 주파수 디지타이저(IFD)를 올해 암스테르담에서 열리는 Meteorological Technology Expo에서 공개할 예정입니다. IFD는 APS의 FutureWaves 시스템의 고해상도 애플리케이션인 해파 및 선박 운동 예측 시스템을 위한 것입니다. - August 2017
The new water depth sensor with SDI-12 communication protocol from Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) – which the company is officially launching at this year’s Meteorological Technology World Expo – is the latest addition to its range of highly-accurate barometers and advanced water depth sensors and suite of pressure calibration equipment. - July 2017
At this year’s Meteorological Technology World Expo, FTS will launch its new Remote Automated Observation System (RAOS), a camera-based solution that delivers a new dimension of environmental monitoring. - July 2017
A top-level World Meteorological Organization (WMO) delegation has given its strategic perspectives on a new era for environmental satellites as part of a keynote speech at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Conference, held in New York on July 17-20, 2017. - July 2017
The UK’s Met Office is working with organizations in Malaysia and the Philippines to develop advice related to high-impact weather events. - July 2017
Pakistan and France have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deepen scientific cooperation in the field of meteorology. The MoU was signed by Moin ul Haque, ambassador of Pakistan to France, and Jean-Marc Lacave, CEO of Meteo France. - July 2017
An international team of scientists has developed a new 3D nowcasting system that is said to predict the likelihood of precipitation in a given location 10 minutes in advance. The solution uses a combination of phased-array radar and computer algorithms that make predictions based on the data gathered from the radars. - July 2017
Munich Reinsurance America Inc. (Munich Re, US) has developed an immersive Tornado Virtual Reality Experience to help people and businesses understand the devastation wrought by tornados and the need to embrace resiliency to help reduce future property losses and save lives. - July 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to further their joint response to climate variability and change. - June 2017
Installation of a new Adelaide automatic weather station (AWS) will allow the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to recommence the collection of climate records at a site where their collation dates back more than 160 years. The new AWS is located in the Park Lands (a public park that rings the city centre) at West Terrace. - June 2017
A new supercomputer from Bull, an Atos technology brand, will boost climatology research in France as well as across Europe.
Due to be delivered to GENCI (Grand Équipement National de Calcul Intensif) in Paris, France, by the end of 2017, the Bull Sequana supercomputer has an overall power of 9 petaflops and can carry out 9 million billion operations per second. It will be made available to French and European researchers for use in academic and industrial fields that require extremely high computing and data processing power. - June 2017
Meteorological equipment specialist Biral has installed a thunderstorm detector at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the Chilbolton Observatory near Andover in the UK.
The Biral BTD-300 sits alongside cloud radars, and is being used by a team from the University of Reading to investigate the early stages of thunderstorm electrification. The academics hope to shed light on how some convective clouds become strongly electrified. - June 2017
Innovim has won a ProTech-Satellite Domain small-business contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA.
Part of a suite of multiple-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts, it will support the full range of satellite activities, including satellite missions, and management of the environmental data resulting from those missions. - June 2017
Researchers believe they have found a new way to monitor the intensity and location of hurricanes from hundreds of miles away by detecting atmospheric waves that radiate from a storm’s centre. - May 2017
Meteorological specialist Biral and information system manufacturer MicroStep-MIS are to supply 88 automatic weather stations (AWS) in Nepal as part of the country’s Building Resilience to Climate Related Hazards project.
The 16-month project will see the partners work with Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. - May 2017
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has announced a new research programme aimed at delivering better tropical cyclone forecasts for offshore facilities. The two-year programme will use new meteorological modelling designed to produce longer-range and more detailed tropical cyclone forecasts. - May 2017
In its third product launch in as many weeks, meteorological measurement specialist Lufft has brought the SHM31 laser-based snow depth sensor to market.
The new tool measures snow depths of up to 15m in seconds. It is the successor to the SHM30, launched by Jenoptik in mid-2009, and part of Lufft’s range of optical sensors since 2014. - May 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has launched its first annual Airborne Dust Bulletin.
The bulletin, issued on 12 April, provides an overview of atmospheric dust levels and geographical distribution in 2016. Estimates of dust content were derived from daily forecasts from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecast. - April 2017
Meteosat-7, the last first-generation Meteosat geostationary spacecraft, has been decommissioned after almost 20 years of service.
The final command was sent at 09:00 UTC on 11 April, ending the service record not only of one spacecraft, but of the whole Meteosat first-generation mission begun by the European Space Agency in 1977. - April 2017
A team of volcanologists and engineers from the universities of Bristol and Cambridge in the UK has collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks.
A recent 10-day research trip saw the team carry out several proof-of-concept flights at the summits of both Volcán de Fuego and Volcán de Pacaya in Guatemala. Using lightweight modern sensors, they measured temperature, humidity and thermal data within the volcanic clouds and took images of multiple eruptions in real time. - April 2017
Aerospace firm Raytheon has completed an upgrade and final testing of the data transport and processing system for the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System (JPSS), which provides weather and environmental data used by NASA, NOAA, the US Department of Defense and the three agencies’ international partners. - April 2017
Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft delivered more than 7.6 metric tons of cargo to the International Space Station on 22 April.
Orbital ATK’s seventh cargo delivery flight to the station launched on 18 April on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA. The spacecraft will remain at the space station until July before its destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. - April 2017
Models that forecast atmospheric events represent complex relationships between many factors, including the impact of natural and man-made aerosols on local and global climates. By gathering detailed data over time, our understanding of the composition and movement of aerosols expands. Sigma Space’s new high-definition Mini Micro Pulse Lidar (MiniMPL-HD) remote sensing system provides greater granularity for assessing airborne particles and supports increased accuracy in predictive analysis. - March 2017
Scientists are using sun glitter in images from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission to map wave movement.
Use of measurements of roughness from satellite sensors is not new, but by capturing the glitter of sunlight on water, Sentinel-2’s multispectral camera can provide a wealth of information about the direction, height and movement of waves. - March 2017
A new, highly sensitive GPS receiver will help detect subtle fluctuations in the signals from GPS satellites on the International Space Station (ISS).
Developed by engineers at Cornell University in the USA, the FOTON (Fast Orbital TEC for Orbit and Navigation) GPS receiver arrived at the ISS last month on board the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It will study ‘space weather’ – charged particles in the plasma of space that affect the performance of communications and navigation satellites. - March 2017
Fengyun-4, the first of China’s second-generation geostationary orbiting weather satellites, has sent its first collection of images and data. - March 2017
Environment and Climate Change Canada has announced its latest investment in state-of-the-art weather-prediction information technology and radar modernization. - March 2017
A mission carrying more than 2.5 tonnes of research equipment, cargo and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS) has failed to dock.
A problem with the GPS system occurred on 22 February, three days into the mission, when the SpaceX supply ship Dragon was less than a mile from the ISS. The approach was aborted, although NASA has since confirmed that neither the station nor its six-person crew were in any danger. Another attempt is to be made on Thursday, 23 February. - February 2017
The Weather Company and its parent group IBM have introduced new mesh network alerts technology that will help keep cell phone users connected even when internet connection is limited or power outages have caused network disruptions. - February 2017
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a US$113m Systems Engineering and Technical Services (SETS) contract to Vencore, a Virginia-based information solutions provider. - February 2017
In a national first, US scientists have used high-resolution lidar data to determine lightning’s impact on tropospheric ozone.
Scientists at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) have used the university’s Rocket-city Ozone Quality Evaluation in the Troposphere (RO3 QET) lidar to measure ozone that was chemically produced by summertime lightning over the USA. Following further development, the research could play an important role in air quality prediction and assessment. - February 2017
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded the National Mesonet Program contract to SGT, a Greenbelt, Maryland-based provider of IT, engineering, operations and science services. - January 2017
Campbell Scientific has revealed the latest addition to its CR300-series measurement and control dataloggers.
The CR310 has the capabilities of the CR300 but benefits from the addition of removable connectors and an integrated 10/100 Ethernet connection. - January 2017
The University of California, Irvine, has launched smartphone app iRain, which aims to “put precision rainfall information into the pockets of the public”.
The free app, which is available for iPhone and Android devices, will use satellite rain data from the university’s weather tracking and analysis system. - January 2017
Combitech, part of the defence and security group Saab AB, has won a contract to supply a digital automated terminal information service system (D-ATIS) and ATIS to Stockholm Arlanda, Bromma Stockholm, Göteborg Landvetter and Malmö Sturup airports in Sweden. - January 2017
BMT Argoss, part of the BMT Group, has launched a new ice charting capability. The new capability will work alongside the company’s existing weather forecasting services. As part of its development, several senior BMT meteorologists took part in a training programme at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, Denmark. - January 2017