Weathernews tests latest high-speed meteorological radar technology

Weathernews tests latest high-speed meteorological radar technology

Japanese weather information platform Weathernews has installed its new high-frequency compact weather radar in Yachimata City, Chiba Prefecture, and is currently undertaking a field test to verify its efficacy.
The new Eagle radar performs 360° observations within 30 seconds, enabling the near real-time tracking of the development of cumulonimbus clouds within a 50km radius. This makes it possible to capture guerilla thunderstorms, linear precipitation zones, heavy snow, wind gusts, hail, and other localized weather events with greater accuracy.
The Eagle radar is intended…

EUMETSAT initiates deorbiting process for Metop-A

EUMETSAT initiates deorbiting process for Metop-A

European meteorological satellite agency EUMETSAT has begun deorbiting Metop-A after more than 15 years of service, three times longer than expected.
The process will see the satellite spiral downward in progressively lower orbits until it disintegrates upon re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere, a process that is expected to end within the next 25 years.
The process of removing the satellite from its orbit began on November 15, when the satellite began to be lowered so that its point of orbit closest to the Earth…

Final report on supplementary comparison COOMET.PR-S7: Laser power responsivity (COOMET 599/RU/13)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA and the All-Russian Research Institute for Optical and Physical Measurements (VNIIOFI), Russia agreed in February 2013 to conduct a comparison on the laser power responsivity at wavelengths of 532 nm, 1.064 μm and 10.6 μm. The aim of this comparison is to assess the equivalence of the laser power responsivity between two laboratories. The comparison was conducted within the COOMET regional metrological organization (COOMET 599/RU/13) and was registered in the BIPM Key…

NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence Takes Root

The establishment of the NOAA Center for Artificial Intelligence (NCAI) brings collaborations, networking, and possibilities into focus. Source: NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)…

FMI installs enhanced satellite data reception system at Arctic Space Centre

FMI installs enhanced satellite data reception system at Arctic Space Centre

The Finnish Meteorological Institute’s (FMI) Sodankylä Arctic Space Centre has been equipped with a new SOD04 satellite data reception system with a parabolic antenna dish (diameter of 3.7m) that will improve the transmission of satellite data for meteorology and environmental awareness applications.
The purpose of the new L-/X-band satellite dish is to replace the previous SOD01 antenna in direct readout (DR) data reception. In addition to the new system, the current satellite ground segment facility at Sodankylä incorporates two high-data-rate systems with…

Drought likely to become longer and more severe for dry regions in near future, finds research

Drought likely to become longer and more severe for dry regions in near future, finds research

A study of global climate model data by Chinese researchers has predicted that drought will become more severe and last for longer, particularly for already dry regions.
Researchers from Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have analyzed the future meteorological drought trends, drought event durations, and changes in drought frequency and intensity in the global and Asian dry lands under the three shared socioeconomic pathway (SSP) scenarios (SSP126, SSP245 and SSP585), with the support of global climate model…

TomTom incorporates Vaisala weather data into road hazard warnings

TomTom incorporates Vaisala weather data into road hazard warnings

Weather and environmental measurement specialist Vaisala has announced an agreement with location technology specialist TomTom to provide its actionable road weather data as part of the TomTom Hazard Warnings service.
TomTom Hazard Warnings creates time-critical signals that alert drivers and automated vehicles to safety-critical incidents as they happen. These incidents include traffic, weather and road hazards.
Petri Marjava, head of automotive at Vaisala, said, “More than every fifth traffic accident is a result of inclement-weather-related impacts, yet drivers often don’t receive real-time information…

NASA backs Earth science mission to study tropical storm behavior

NASA backs Earth science mission to study tropical storm behavior

US space agency NASA has announced the launch of a new Earth science mission that will study the behavior and formation of tropical storms and thunderstorms, and how they impact weather and climate models.
The Investigation of Convective Updrafts (INCUS) mission will utilize a collection of three miniature satellites (SmallSats) flying in tight coordination, that will record critical data that helps address why convective storms, heavy precipitation and clouds occur exactly when and where they do.
Part of NASA’s Earth Venture Program, INCUS…

Greenland ice melt increases by more than 20% in 40 years, finds ESA-backed study

Greenland ice melt increases by more than 20% in 40 years, finds ESA-backed study

A new study has demonstrated how global warming has caused extreme ice melting events in Greenland to become more frequent and intense over the past 40 years, raising sea levels and flood risk worldwide.
Over the past decade alone, 3.5 trillion metric tons of ice has melted from Greenland’s surface and flowed into the ocean – enough to cover the UK with around 15m of meltwater, or all of New York City with around 4,500m.
Researchers say that the study, published in the…