weather forecasting service Articles

  • How better weather forecasting can help stretch water supplies

    Reservoir managers look to storm predictions to make smarter choices about dam operations Last year, New York City faced an unusual situation. An epic winter in the city’s Delaware River watershed brought heavy snow and very little rain. Stubborn cold meant there was no snowmelt to refill water-supply reservoirs, even as the city’s 9.5 million residents were draining them dry. A ...


    By Ensia

  • Monitoring weather and climate from space

    State of the art weather forecasting, which has become an essential part of everyday life in Europe, would be almost  unthinkable without the reliable operational service delivered by Europe’s meteorological satellite organisation – EUMETSAT. The high-quality data and images are especially relevant in the context of severe weather situations and eather-related natural disasters. They are ...

  • Case study - Synapsys Solutions SIP weather interface

    Synapsys scores a first for football Synapsys, the leader in developing and supplying innovative BMS communication interfaces, has scored a goal with the installation of what’s thought to be the UK’s first automated control system for under soil heating at one of the country’s most prestigious sports venues. The system is part of an intelligent, integrated ...

  • The Benefit of Probabilistic Flood Forecasting on European Scale

    The European Flood Alert System (EFAS) is a research project that aims at improving preparedness for oncoming flood events by: • informing the authorities in the Member States of the possibility of a flood to happen before the local systems capture the event with their own monitoring and forecasting systems; • providing catchment based information that gives downstream authorities an overview of ...


  • Potential Dispersion Modeling Uses of Archived NOAA Forecast Model Data

    A newly-developed generation of air quality simulation models has the potential to use profiles of wind, temperature, and turbulence, as well as improved mixing height determination, measures of surface heat flux, and a host of other meteorological parameters. Several numerical weather prediction models that generate these comprehensive data sets are routinely being run by the National Oceanic ...

  • Technology Can Help Fleets Manage Potential Weather Disruptions

    Hurricane Matthew is serving as another lesson for the U.S. trucking industry on the important role technology can and should play in operating in and around storm-affected regions. More than a million residences and businesses lost power in Florida alone, and at least 38 people died as a result of Matthew’s winds and torrential rains, 19 of them in North Carolina where widespread ...


    By Omnitracs, LLC

  • Hydroinformatics advances for operational river forecasting: using graphs for drainage network descriptions

    Distributed hydrologic models provide accurate river streamflow forecasts and a multitude of spatially varied products on basin scales. The distributed elements of the basins are pieced together using drainage networks. An efficient representation of drainage networks in computer code is necessary. Graph theory has long been applied in many engineering areas to solve network problems. In this ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Mortality rates and air pollution levels under different weather conditions: an example from Western Europe

    According to results of the World Health Organization (WHO) high PM10 concentrations caused a reduction of the average life expectancy of 10.2 months in Germany. The objectives of this study are to determine the influence of the synoptic scale flow patterns on air pollutants and to quantify effects of air pollution on mortality rates. To describe the synoptic situation two weather type ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The 1998 Yangtze Floods: The Use of Short-Term Forecasts in the Context of Seasonal to Interannual Water Resource Management

    This paper reviews changes in the use of short-term climate information for water management in China after the 1998 Great Flood in the Yangtze River basin. This devastating flood is now believed to have been caused mainly by the 1997–98 El Niño event. Although the short-term climate forecasts and weather forecasts are considered to be useful in planning for flood prevention activities and for ...


    By Springer

  • WMO to launch global climate services system

    A global climate services system is due to be launched in October, in the hope of providing advance warning of weather changes that influence water, food security, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Climate Change & the Financial Services Industry - Module 2 - A Blueprint for Action

    Scientific and technical reports present compelling evidence that human-induced climate change is upon us, and that its consequences could be devastating. Worldwide economic losses due to natural disasters appear to be doubling every ten years, and have reached almost $1 trillion over the past 15 years. If current trends persist, the annual loss amounts will, within the next decade, come close to ...


  • The 3rd HEPEX Workshop - Book of Abstracts

    The scope of EFAS is to raise preparedness previous to a possibly upcoming flood event in order to leave more time for the organization of countering measures and mitigation. Furthermore, EFAS gives a, hitherto not available, unified overview of flood forecasts over the whole of Europe that uses the same warning nomenclature for all river basins thus facilitating a trans-national overview. EAFS ...


  • European Flood Alert System, 4th Annual Report 2006

    Overall EFAS objectives Following the disastrous floods in the Elbe and Danube in August 2002, the European Commission launched an activity on the development of a European Flood Alert system (Communication (COM(2002)-481 final)). A prototype of such a system (acronym EFAS) should be developed and tested during Framework 6 and include a number of novel features that are usually not provided ...


  • Radar-rainfall estimation algorithms of Hydro-NEXRAD

    Hydro-NEXRAD is a prototype software system that provides hydrology and water resource communities with ready access to the vast data archives of the U.S. weather radar network known as NEXRAD (Next Generation Weather Radar). This paper describes radar-rainfall estimation algorithms and their modular components used in the Hydro-NEXRAD system to generate rainfall products to be delivered to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Potential Benefits and Implementation of MM5/RUC2 Data with the CALPUFF Air Modeling System

    In April 2003, U.S. EPA officially revised the federal guidelines for air quality modeling (40 CFR Part 51, Appendix W) to incorporate CALPUFF as the preferred dispersion model to study long-range pollutant transport for regulatory purposes. At the absolute minimum, CALMET (CALPUFF’s meteorological preprocessor) requires hourly measurements of surface meteorological data and twice-daily upper air ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • `Potential Benefits and Implementation of MM5/RUC2 Data with the CALPUFF Air Modeling System,` presented at the 2004 AWMA annual conference

    Abstract In April 2003, U.S. EPA officially revised the federal guidelines for air quality modeling (40 CFR Part 51, Appendix W) to incorporate CALPUFF as the preferred dispersion model to study long-range pollutant transport for regulatory purposes. At the absolute minimum, CALMET (CALPUFF's meteorological preprocessor) requires hourly measurements of surface meteorological data and ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Potential Benefits and Implementation of MM5/RUC2 Data with the CALPUFF Air Modeling System

    In April 2003, U.S. EPA officially revised the federal guidelines for air quality modeling (40 CFR Part 51, Appendix W) to incorporate CALPUFF as the preferred dispersion model to study long-range pollutant transport for regulatory purposes. At the absolute minimum, CALMET (CALPUFF’s meteorological preprocessor) requires hourly measurements of surface meteorological data and twice-daily upper air ...

  • Wastewater master plan - south of Missouri river

    Client: Kansas City, Mo.   Completion Date: 1999   Services Provided Collection system modeling Pumping station analysis Combined and sanitary sewer wet weather flow management Project Summary  Burns & McDonnell performed a master plan of wastewater facilities for Kansas City, ...


    By Burns & McDonnell

  • Better than guessing: How MARWIS helps to enhance traffic safety

    Stay indoors! Stock up on food and supplies! By all means, stay off the roads! By now we are used to these messages after the devastating blizzard conditions brought on by winter storm Jonas last week. Jonas is one of many strong winter storms predicted this winter due to El Nino conditions in the Pacific. The epic blizzard created black ice, heavy snow conditions and forced people off the roads ...

  • Climate scientists and communities can find common ground

    Fruitful dialogue in Africa shows the gap between climate scientists and decision makers can be bridged, says adaptation specialist Arame Tall. African countries face a growing threat of hydro-meteorological disasters such as droughts, floods, pest infestations, water-related epidemics, ...


    By SciDev.Net

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