February 2008

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Database of global forecasts goes online

TIGGE, the THORPEX Interactive Grand Global Ensemble, is making available a database of global forecasts.

THORPEX is a WMO World Weather Research Programme to accelerate improvements in the accuracy of one-day to two-week high-impact weather forecasts.

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International Polar Year 2007-2009

Three long-duration balloon flights launched in the Antarctic

Three sub-orbital flights carrying scientific balloons and their instruments were launched for the first time in the Antarctic during the current southern hemisphere summer between 16 and 26 December 2007. The achievement at the height of International Polar Year 2007-2009 is a result of cooperation between the US National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

balloon launch

Next International Polar Day

The next International Polar Year Science Day, or International Polar Day, takes place on 12 March with the theme “Changing Earth: past, present, and future”. Understanding change over geological time is critical in order to put recent human-induced climate change into context.

International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic. It is organized by WMO and the International Council for Science.

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2008 to be cooler than recent years

According to the UK Met Office, 2008 will be the coolest year on the global scale since 2000.

This curbing of the warming trend will mostly be due to a strong La Niña in the tropical Pacific Ocean, but other factors such as increasing greenhouse-gas concentrations, cooling influences of industrial aerosol particles, solar effects and natural variations of the oceans were also taken into account in the forecast. The UK Met Office issues such global surface temperature forecasts every January for the coming year.

 

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