Archive for March, 2017

The new International Cloud Atlas

By Stephen Burt Automatic weather stations (AWS) are increasingly commonplace in meteorological reporting systems: today more than half of all surface observations come from sites that are partly or fully automated. AWS have many advantages, particularly in remote sites, or providing observations outside of normal working hours (for instance, almost all UK night-time synoptic observations are […]

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Weather forecasters face storm of criticism – so is it time for a new look?

By Andrew Charlton-Perez Former BBC weather forecaster Bill Giles’ criticism of weather forecasts raises questions about how weather is communicated generally. Mr Giles has hit out at forecasters for regularly warning the public about the potential consequences of imminent severe weather, arguing they are ‘behaving like nannies’ and could cause the public to become ‘immune’ […]

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