May 26, 2006

"Nowcasting" techniques are becoming increasingly important

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Severe and extreme weather moves quickly and can cause momentous damage to life and property in a short period of time, as vividly evidenced by the recent disasters in the Gulf Coast, South-East Asia and Pakistan.

As a result, “nowcasting” techniques are becoming increasingly important to enable weather servicesand the interest groups they serve to make short-term (zero to six hours) predictions on severe weather,including thunderstorms, hail, wind and tornadoes.

By using remote-sensing technology, such as radar and weathersatellites, meteorologists around the world are able to issue warnings to the public and disaster-management centres.

(More info and credits at Engineeringnews.)