0 Have your say Scottish scientists are developing a satellite-based system to improve forecasting of extreme weather anywhere in the world. The newly-formed International Centre for Earth Data (ICED) – involving a team from the University of Edinburgh and satellite technology provider Orbital Micro Systems (OMS) – will gather, process and deliver weather information from public and commercial sources for researchers, governments and commercial enterprises. The ICED will enable near real-time monitoring and improved forecasts for sectors such as insurance, agriculture, aviation, and shipping. Based at the university, the programme will capture and analyse data from OMS’ planned constellation of 40 satellites – each about the size of a large shoebox.These missions will include the first launch of the recently announced UK spaceflight programme, using the planned spaceport on Scotland’s north coast.The technology will be equipped with … [Read more...] about Scottish scientists develop satellite system to improve extreme weather forecasting
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Charles Moore 13 May 2018 8:30 AM 13 May 2018 8:30 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp One of George Santayana’s most famous dicta is that ‘To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.’ This may be a metaphor for life, but it is also literally true. It matters in countries such as ours, where no season is so extreme that it cannot be enjoyed. If you agree with Santayana, you will be irritated by our BBC weather forecasts, which misrepresent the weather as a constant, and generally losing, battle to get warmer. In their language, temperatures are forever ‘struggling’ — always to rise, never to fall. This is an extract from Charles Moore’s Notes, which appears in this week’s Spectator See also BBCCultureWeather What to read next There’s a simple way of dealing with the BBC’s TV licence bullies Charles Moore … [Read more...] about Why the BBC weather forecasts wind me up
1550 found Save Search Order by: 0 Filters Follow thinkSPAIN on Facebook or Twitter for the latest News, Jobs, Property & Info Load Previous Environment Wed, Apr 25, 2018 DISAPPOINTING weather is on the cards for the May Day bank holiday weekend, with a drop in temperatures, rain – torrential in some cases – and storms expected. This year, 'Labour Day' – May 1 – falls on... Environment Wed, Apr 25, 2018 AT LEAST one beach on the Costa Blanca has been shut after a Portuguese Man O'War was found on the shores. Altea (Alicante province) has banned bathers for the moment, and the poisonous species have been seen on the... Environment Sat, Apr 14, 2018 A FOG-CREATING machine could be a low-cost solution to traffic emissions and other air contamination – even chemical leaks and smoke from forest fires, according to its creators at the University of Alcalá de Henares... … [Read more...] about Wet weather forecast for May Day bank holiday weekend
PUBLISHED: 09:45 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 19 April 2018 David Vincent Debenhams, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR Archant Debenhams in trouble - profits plunge nearly 85% after battering from the Beast from the East Debenhams, Arc shopping centre at Bury St Edmunds. Picture: PHIL MORLEY Major high street layer Debenhams - with stores in the heart of Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, is in trouble after the long, hard winter. Debenhams saw its half-year profits plunge nearly 85% after extreme weather brought in by the Beast from the East gouged earnings. The retailer said its bottom-line pre-tax profits fell from £87.8 million to just £13.5 million over the 26 weeks to March 3, having taken a major hit during the final days of the trading period when bad weather forced Debenhams to temporarily close around 100 stores. Snow, ice and cold weather has already been a factor in the failing of the likes of Toys R Us and Maplin; forcing customers to stay at home and … [Read more...] about Debenhams profits plummet after `extreme weather’
The UK is set to be hit by a vicious combination of extreme storms, intense downpours and rising sea levels as it faces the next century. Seven of our 10 wettest years have occurred since 1998. 2013 had the UK’s wettest winter in history, and it was followed just two years later by the next wettest. For centuries, Britain has been draining wetlands, reclaiming salt marshes and lining rivers with concrete banks. Taken from the water, this land has been built on and has driven rapid development. Defences that might historically have provided protection against a 1 in 100 year flood will [...] be overtopped more frequentlyLord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change But as the climate changes and rainfall records are broken through the next century, there are concerns about the country’s ability to tackle the floods it will bring. Already they're forcing a retreat: Defences are being built further back from their predecessors, sea walls are being allowed to be … [Read more...] about What is Britain doing to tackle flooding in the face of extreme weather?