An Australian spring wouldn’t be complete without thunderstorms and a visit to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s weather radar website. But a new type of radar technology is aiming to make weather radar even more useful, by helping to identify those storms that are packing hailstones.
Most storms just bring rain, lightning and thunder. But others can produce hazards including destructive flash flooding, winds, large hail, and even the occasional tornado. For these potentially dangerous storms, the Bureau issues severe thunderstorm warnings.
For metropolitan regions, warnings identify severe storm cells and their likely path and hazards. They provide a predictive “nowcast”, such as forecasts up to three hours before impact for suburbs that are in harm’s way.
The Indian Meteorological Department Director General of Meteorology, K.J. Ramesh, proposed a Research Consortium involving all the institutions of Andhra Pradesh focusing on science and technology. He stressed on this while addressing the gathering at the three-day National Seminar, on 'Impact of Climate Change on Extreme Weather Events' and 'the Indian Ocean' that began at AU TLN Saba Hall, in November 2017.
A new weather satellite is circling the earth. The JPSS-1 satellite, launched this weekend (18 November 2017) will provide a huge array of observational, near real-time, data which will be shared with US national and international partners including the Met Office.
As well as gathering day to day weather data the satellite will monitor a wide range of events such as wildfires, snow cover, sea-surface temperature and aerosol detection, important in air quality monitoring. In addition, the satellite will measure the radiation coming from the earth and atmosphere, vital information for weather forecasting models such as those run by the Met Office.
New Zealand signed three agreements with the Philippines while Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was in Manila for the East Asia Summit. One was a memorandum of understanding between MetService and its counterpart in the Philippines. The Asia Media Centre spoke to MetService to find out more about the agreement.
MetService is a household name for Kiwis as they decide what to wear in the morning or whether it’s safe to take to the road in challenging conditions. But its technology is also one of New Zealand’s lesser-known services exports to Asia.