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Rain in Spain? Look to the Pacific

06 February 2018

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European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) Principal Scientist, Dr Tony McNally, from the EUMETSAT Numerical Weather Prediction SAF, says regular investigations into how well weather forecasts perform, both in "normal" conditions and "extreme" weather events, are carried out to evaluate the impact of satellite data on accuracy.

"Time and time again, these studies show satellite data are the most important source of observations in our system," Tony said.

In a few years' time, EUMETSAT will begin launching its next generations of geostationary and low-Earth orbiting satellites, with state-of-the-art instruments.

These satellites, together with those of international partners and the European Copernicus Sentinel satellites, will dramatically increase the amount of weather and climate observation data

Source: EUMETSAT Science Blog

Image credit: EUMETSAT - Illustration of a circular-shaped thunderstorm which caused catastrophic flooding and resulted in severe damage in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.

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