Prescient Weather has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by NOAA to study subseasonal to seasonal forecasts.
The creator of the World Climate Service, an online system to improve long-range weather and climate variability forecasts, will develop forecasting techniques for the private sector.
The SBIR work will integrate federal inter-agency SubX subseasonal research and forecast projects with similar efforts of other nations.
Dr Jan Dutton, CEO of Prescient Weather, said, “As forecasting technology improves at all timescales, subseasonal forecasting is emerging with significant commercial promise. Prescient Weather customers, along with other corporate interests, seek forecast information beyond the traditional 10-14 day time range currently available.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is acquiring two new oceanographic vessels to rebuild its fleet.
The new ships will support a wide variety of missions, ranging from general oceanographic research and exploration to marine life, climate and ocean ecosystem studies.
The first ship, Oceanographer, will be based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the home of the second ship, Discoverer, will be decided at a later date.
Neil Jacobs PhD, acting administrator of NOAA, said, “The science missions aboard these vessels promise to push the boundaries of what is known about our still largely undiscovered ocean.”
The designs of the vessels are underway, and NOAA expects to award contracts for the construction of the ships by the end of the year.
A record temperature high has been set in the Antarctic peninsula, with researchers measuring a temperature of 18.3°C.
The record heat, recorded on the northern tip of the peninsula on February 6 by the Argentine research base Esperanza, was significantly warmer than the previous record of 17.5°C, set in March 2015.
Although it is unclear the long-term role that climate change may have played in the record high, in the short-term it is likely associated with a local weather phenomenon known as a ‘foehn’ event, a rapid warming of air coming down a mountainous slope, according to Randall Cerveny, the WMO’s weather and climate extremes rapporteur.
European meteorologists are expanding their scope of forecasting of ocean and sea ice conditions by adding nine new variables to an important weather database.
The new variables have been added to the multi-model sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) weather prediction database hosted the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
The S2S database, first launched in 2015, leverages data from 11 forecasting centers to create ensemble forecasts for up to 60 days ahead.
Until now the database contained only two ocean and sea ice variables: sea-surface temperature and sea ice cover.
But since the new year nine new ocean and sea ice parameters have been added.
The UK’s Met Office will invest £1.2bn (US$1.5bn) in a supercomputer to improve severe weather and climate forecasting.
Data from the supercomputer will inform government policy, as well as accurately predict storms, select suitable locations for flood defenses and predict changes to the global climate.
It will also help communities prepare for weather disruption through more sophisticated rainfall predictions, helping the Environment Agency rapidly deploy mobile flood defenses.
The supercomputer, managed by the Met Office will also provide airports with better forecasting and more detailed information for the energy sector to mitigate against energy blackouts and surges.
Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has upgraded the Esperance radar, providing more weather images more often in the Esperance-Goldfield region.
The bureau worked with the Western Australian Government to improve the state’s grain belt Doppler radar network, with the Esperance radar becoming the latest addition.
The radar features Doppler wind and real-time rain information for the first time, enhancing the bureau’s ability to monitor storm severity and fine-tune warnings during severe weather events.
James Ashley, acting bureau Western Australia state manager, said improvements will enable forecasters to observe wind better than ever before.
He said, “We will be able to observe areas of differing wind speeds, which meteorologists refer to as wind fields, and track features such as wind direction changes.
Meteorological Technology World Expo 2020 will be held in Paris, France, September 22, 23, 24, 2020, and will bring together more than 4,000 attendees from over 100 countries. The event will showcase the very latest climate, weather and hydro-meteorological forecasting, measurement and analysis technologies and solutions.
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Climate action will increasingly drive world affairs in the coming decade, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
In a recent speech at the UN headquarters in New York City, New York, USA, Guterres said that the next 10 years will be “crucial for achieving a fair globalization, boosting economic growth and building peaceful societies”.
In his speech Guterres highlighted what he called the “vicious circle” of climate change with reference to the recent bushfires in Australia.
He said: “The smoke from Australia’s fires is now itself a literal vicious circle – circling the globe, releasing the equivalent of as much as six months of the country’s total carbon emissions in 2018.