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UK Met Office To Launch 24-Hour Space Weather Forecast Service
2013-12-26 07:41:59

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The UK’s national weather service has announced plans to begin offering daily space weather forecasts starting next spring. According to BBC News, the Met Office will receive more than $7.5 million (US) in funding from the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) over the next three years in order to provide a 24-hour daily service. The goal is to aid government agencies and private-sector firms by...

UK Has Second-Wettest Year On Record
2013-01-04 11:15:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to data released by England´s meteorological agency the Met Office, 2012 was the second wettest year on record for the U.K., with total rainfall at 52.4 inches — just 2.5 inches short of the all-time record set in 2000. Most areas were affected by extreme weather, the BBC reports, and thousands of homes were flooded while farmers struggled to grow crops in the saturated soil. The disturbing part of this...

2011-06-11 09:27:57

Forecasting the state of the sea is important for shipping, offshore and coastal engineering, management of coastal zones and tourism. This is set to become easier through ESA's GlobWave project, which offers a one-stop shop for satellite data on ocean waves. Safety and financial losses associated with rough seas are a real concern. Ocean waves slow down the passage of ships, endanger marine industries such as oil and gas extraction, damage aquaculture and offshore wind farms, and erode...

2011-03-03 07:35:41

Meteorologists launched a new campaign Wednesday to get people in England involved in measuring climate change by using a mirror, soap bubbles or by looking up at the sky. The Met Office national weather service is asking people to complete a series of simple activities to check the results of climatic computer models. The activities include measuring wind speed by blowing bubbles into the air, to monitoring the direction of clouds with the aid of a mirror as methods to measure climate...

2011-01-24 06:00:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT) has been awarded the American Meteorological Society Award for Outstanding Services to Meteorology by a Corporation. The citation from the Council of the AMS commends WDT "for ten years of exceptional service in transferring innovative science and technologies from research and development to customer-focused operational meteorological products and services." (Logo:...

2009-01-20 13:15:10

A massive supercomputer intended to gauge the affect of climate change in the UK, will ironically be a huge emitter of greenhouse gases. The Met Office's new IBM supercomputer, which cost more than $46 million, is expected to begin operations later this year. It will emit an estimated 14,000 tons of CO2 each year, according to Dave Britton, the Met Office's chief press officer. It will be the second most powerful machine in Britain, with the ability to perform 125 trillion calculations per...

2008-12-06 09:40:00

Average global temperatures for 2008 should come close to 14.3C, the coolest since 2000 and 0.14C below the average temperature for 2001-07, according to preliminary estimates due for release next week by the Met Office.   However, climate scientists say that doesn't mean that global warming is on the decline."Absolutely not," said Dr Peter Stott of the Met Office's Hadley Centre. "If we are going to understand climate change we need to look at long-term trends," he said...

2008-09-27 00:00:00

Forecasters at the Met Office in Exeter are predicting another milder than average winter. It is also expected to be drier than last year. Seasonal forecasts from the Met Office are used by many government agencies, private sector firms and charities to help their long-term planning. Earlier this year, John Hirst, chief executive of the Met Office and Michael Lake CBE, director general of Help the Aged, signed an agreement to explore ways in which the two organisations can actively use...

2008-09-10 21:00:13

By Richard Sadler New research by the Met Office has revealed that official predictions for sea level rise are out of date because they do not include the effects of melt water from the massive Greenland ice sheet.The situation is so serious that the Environment Agency is being forced to review its flood defence plans for London. Contingency plans for other major low-lying cities Hull, Newcastle, Glasgow and Norwich will also have to be re-evaluated.The extent of the problem was revealed...

2008-08-18 00:00:11

By Greg Tindle A SIMPLE weather forecast has the potential to save the NHS millions of pounds following a pioneering trial for patients suffering from heart and lung diseases in the South Wales Valleys. A warning from the Met Office that cold or hot weather is on the way - or an increase in pollution or humidity - has resulted in a 70% drop in hospital admissions for those with conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. Health managers in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.