Met Office in the Media: 26 January 2010

La Niña and its continuing impact on the worlds weather and its impacts elsewhere continues to be of interest. The Telegraph reported that La Niña is a danger to the economic recovery in which Dr Rob Allen provided some detail on how long this strong La Niña may continue for. The Wall Street Journal has also explored the effects of La Niña on the economy in La Niña provides big headache for CEOs.

Weatherfor, a unique, ground-breaking service powered by the Met Office has launched the Weatherfor Sports Apps for Apple’s iPhone. The free apps initially available for golf, football and horseracing are powered by The Met Office, and are the first sport specific forecasts encompassing highly detailed, venue specific information for users, which for the first time in the UK, offer an hourly forecast allowing golfers, footballers and spectators to plan their round or match depending on the weather. It can also aid race goers and trainers when preparing for a race.

The new apps cover golf, football and horseracing and are linked to The Met Office, which Weatherfor says give them a 92 per cent accuracy rating when it comes to weather forecasts.

Earlier in the Week The Times recommended The Cloud Book, How to Understand the Skies by Richard Hamblyn and produced in association with the Met Office. In the article Paul Simons of the The Times says “The awesome photos in this book tell the story of how the weather behaves, which explains why folklore relied heavily on reading the sky for weather forecasts. But when names were given to identify clouds 200 years ago it launched modern meteorology, and also inspired a generation of artists and writers, from Constable to Shelley. And that’s why The Cloud Book is a passport to deciphering the weather, and one of my most dog-eared books.”


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1 Response to Met Office in the Media: 26 January 2010

  1. Hi, interesting blog and great that it appears easy navigate.

    El Nino had an amazing effect on the weather in 2010, supplying us with a few surprises along the way, especially with the snow in December. Could this effect have caused the back log of weather that has created these biting wind chills in 2011? Furthermore, the MET office has reported low temperatures and frost. However, my local council appears to have sent out its Gritter Fleet, could this be a sign of more unpredictable weather?

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