Category Archives: Measurements and instrumentation

Observing the strong damaging winds of autumn and winter storms

By Oscar Martínez-Alvarado Some scientists are weird people. Take me as an example. It is summer, the sun is shining out there. Yet here I am, longing for autumn and winter and the storms they bring. Don’t get me wrong. … Continue reading

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Surface Temperature of Earth – making connections

By Chris Merchant “Surface temperature” might seem to be a straightforward concept at first, but look more carefully, and things soon become rather complex. The temperatures quoted in the weather forecast are intended to represent the air temperature a metre … Continue reading

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Upgrading weather radar measurements to improve flash flood warnings

By Rob Thompson Weather radar is a powerful tool for rainfall measurement. Raingauges measure rainfall at a site, but a weather radar can provide coverage over a wide area, up to 250 km from the radar site. The UK radar … Continue reading

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Routine climate data – going, going, gone?

by Chris Holloway I was surprised to hear recently that the US Department of Energy (DOE) is closing all three of their Tropical Western Pacific (TWP) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) sites within the next year.  These well-instrumented sites, located at … Continue reading

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