Britain's Guardian newspaper is officially changing its language concerning climate change, opting to call it instead “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown.”Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner advised the staff in an email Friday that the phrase “climate change” should be avoided because it “sounds rather passive and gentle’ and doesn’t capture the real threat to humanity.'TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGES' ARE NEEDED TO SAVE NATURE AND OURSELVES, MAJOR CLIMATE REPORT CLAIMS“We want to ensure that we are being scientifically precise and rooted in facts, while also communicating clearly with readers on this very important issue,” Viner wrote.The new guidelines also state that a person skeptical about climate change should no longer be described as a “climate skeptic.” Instead, Viner writes, phrases such as “climate science denier” or “climate denier” should be applied.“Increasingly, climate scientists and organizations from the UN to the Met Office are changing their terminology, and using stronger language to describe the situation we’re in,” she added in the email.
Met Office eyes 14-year contract for hosted solutionEight months after the UK’s Met Office announced that it was seeking a new supercomputer and began initial market engagement, it now has a significantly clearer idea of what it is seeking and is ready to take the next step as it inches towards procurement, the national weather service said today.Its core demand: a six-fold increase in computational firepower within five-seven years of a 14-year contract period.The organisation, which is home to the world’s twenty-third most powerful supercomputer (a Cray XC40), began discussions with potential suppliers in September 2018, saying it is assessing three options: cloud-based access to high performance computing (HPC), an on-premises supercomputer or a hybrid approach.That engagement is now over.With various options dismissed, the Met Office said today it is interested primarily in exploring an “integrated solution including physical hosting and all necessary ancillary infrastructure (encompassing network and mechanical and electrical services), supercomputer provision, data storage and ancillary tools/services.”
“Weather Rescue” sounds like it could be a Baywatch-style TV show about the adventures of an emergency response team.The UK Met Office has an incredible trove of historical weather data in its archives that is trapped on paper.The collection goes all the way back to 1860 and includes the first weather forecasts coordinated by Vice-Admiral Robert FitzRoy—the same Robert FitzRoy who captained the HMS Beagle on Charles Darwin’s historic trip.After a storm sunk 200 ships off the coast of Wales (including the Royal Charter and its crew of 450), FitzRoy set about creating a network of UK weather stations that could telegraph daily observations to him in London.After some of the fishermen who ignored this new-fangled sorcery sank in the storm, the forecasts encountered an increasingly attentive audience.The Weather Rescue project uses volunteers—a group you could join by visiting the website—to read the scanned paper records of the daily measurements from the network Fitzroy created, which span a century.
Storm Erik’s strong winds will bring another blustery day to the UK, before snow showers hit some parts.Gusts of 70mph are expected on Saturday, as Erik batters much of the country for a second day.The storm’s strongest recorded gust on Friday was 84 mph at Capel Curig, in Wales, the Met Office said.Footage showed a British Airways plane forced to abandon its initial landing at Heathrow airport after strong winds put the aircraft off-balance seconds before it was about to touch down.Also on Friday a tree fell on to a double-decker bus in Dorset, but no injuries were reported.A weather warning for wind on Saturday has been extended to cover most of the UK, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.
England has seen its coldest night of the winter so far as temperatures tumbled across the UK.A low of minus 11.7C (12.4F) was recorded at Chillingham Barns in Northumberland in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Met Office said.In Scotland, a low of minus 12.6C (9.3F) was seen at Braemar in the Highlands, although it was a few degrees off the minus 15.4C seen there on Thursday.Elsewhere on Sunday morning, the coldest spot in Wales was at Swyddffynnon in Dyfed, where minus 6.5C (20.3F) was seen, while in Northern Ireland the lowest temperature recorded was minus 2.6C (27.3F) in Katesbridge, Co Down.Forecasters earlier said there was the potential for a low of minus 16C (3.2F) to be seen in eastern Scotland overnight following a blast of cold weather than brought severe disruption to large parts of the country.Several weather warnings have been issued for Sunday and Monday mornings, although some respite is expected with milder conditions moving in at the start of the week.
Travellers were hit by long delays and schools closed their doors as February began with the coldest night for seven years.A coating of up to 14cm of snow caused havoc in the South West, forcing motorists to abandon their cars and seek shelter as traffic stood still.By Friday evening, RAF Odiham in Hampshire had recorded 19cm of snow.One lane has now opened, Highways England said, but it urged travellers to delay their journeys or find alternative routes.Ex-Wales captain and BBC pundit Sam Warburton was one of the passengers due to fly on the cancelled 9.30am flight from Cardiff Airport to Charles de Gaulle, while fan Leon Brown’s axed flight forced him to put his two game tickets up for sale.Salt-spreaders covered 80,000 miles of England’s motorways and major A roads through the night to keep traffic moving, Highways England said.
Motorists were told to prepare for delays in cold weather after more than 100 cars were stranded on the A30 near Temple in Cornwall overnight.Highways England said on Friday morning that it had teams of gritters and ploughs working to get traffic moving across the UK as councils put cold weather plans into action.An overturned vehicle on the busy M3 motorway into London was among the early road incidents causing congestion.In Cornwall, two school buses, at Kingsley Village and at Winnard’s Perch, were stuck in the snow, but both vehicles were reached during the early evening, with the children safe and well, the county council said.Despite the cold, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by enthusiastic crowds in the south west city as they visited its Old Vic theatre.Chris Jackson via Getty Images
With the UK and Ireland waking up to a blanket of snow and ice, the Met Office say the roads, schools and airports could be affected until Friday.HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
Snow flurries overnight caused travel chaos on Wednesday morning as millions woke up to a thick blanket of the white stuff.Manchester Airport was forced to close its runway until at least 9.30am GMT with passengers advised to check the status of flights with their airline.“The runway is currently closed whilst snow clearing takes place,” the airport wrote to passengers on Twitter.“Take extra care driving in the North West this morning as there are some challenging weather conditions,” Highways England said on Twitter.“Our winter vehicles are out treating road surfaces so please give them plenty of room.”Take extra care driving in the North West this morning as there are some challenging weather conditions with @metoffice warnings for snow.
Thousands of MongoDB databases operated by major domestic and foreign companies in Russia were left exposed for more than three years under a scheme that requires organisations to alow the government to access their data.The companies affected included banks, telcos and even Disney Russia, according to Dutch researcher Victor Gevers.MongoDB is typically used for the analysis of large amounts of information, with, for instance, the UK’s Met Office using it to process huge amounts of data from outer space for space weather forecasts.But when left unsecured they can be targeted by hackers, as occurred two years ago, when Gevers discovered that tens of thousands of MongoDB databases had been deleted by hackers, who requested a ransom to be paid in Bitcoin for their return.In this case, the databases were operated by private companies in order to provide the Russian government with access to company data.But the government “” credentials were set up without a password, meaning anyone could have accessed the databases from the internet, Gevers said.
Britons are braced for a blanket of snow this week, as a deep chill prompts weather warnings.A band of rain is due to push east across England on Tuesday evening, bringing widespread snow to the south of the country overnight.Around 1cm to 3cm of the white stuff is expected to accumulate “quite widely”, the Met Office said, with the possibility of 5cm to 10cm falling on higher ground.A yellow warning is in place for the south of England, East Midlands and West Midlands from 9pm on Tuesday to midday on Wednesday.The Met Office warned of possible disruption including delays on roads, stranded vehicles and cancelled rail and air travel.It said there was a “slight chance” rural communities could be cut off and that power cuts may occur.
An arctic blast is set to bring strong winds, snow and ice to large swathes of the UK, in a chilly end to the month.The Met Office has issued five weather warnings for the last weekend of January, with the chance of power cuts and travel disruption.A spell of “very strong northerly winds”, is expected to affect the east coast of England and southern Scotland and the west coast of England, Northern Ireland and Wales.Gusts of 50-55mph are expected to develop over Saturday night across northern Ireland and move across Wales and parts of western England before easing during Sunday.Large waves and slightly stronger gusts are likely to pound the east coast from 8am on Sunday until the evening, while hilly and coastal areas are forecast to experience the strongest winds.The Met Office said delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were likely and that there could be power cuts.
This week’s cold snap has brought snow and ice to many parts of the country and forecasters are now predicting “freezing rain” is likely to hit.An overnight low of -9C was recorded in Aboyne, a village on the edge of the Highlands in Aberdeenshire, while Cavendish in Suffolk was hit by temperatures of -5C.Becky Mitchell, a Met Office meteorologist, warned that showers in predominately eastern parts of the country, as well as freezing rain in the south east, could bring treacherous travel conditions throughout Thursday.She added that cold temperatures across northern, central and eastern parts had led to a yellow weather warning for ice being put in place across large parts of the nation until 11am on Thursday.Discussing the impact that this could have, Mitchell said: “In these sorts of conditions, ice is normally going to form on any unattended roads, pavements and cycle paths.“We’d advise motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care for much of the morning and the day.”
Weather forecasting is the application of science and technology to predict the conditions of the atmosphere for a given location and time.Human beings have attempted to predict the weather informally for millennia and formally since the 19th century.The weather forecasting services market has been studied in five major regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & North Africa (MENA), and the rest of the world.Over the next five years, LPI(LP Information) projects that Weather Forecasting Services will register a xx% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ xx million by 2023, from US$ xx million in 2017.This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares and growth opportunities of Weather Forecasting Services market by product type, application, key companies and key regions.Ask for Sample Copy of this Report:                                                                                                                                                                                         This study considers the Weather Forecasting Services value generated from the sales of the following segments: Weather Forecasting Services Breakdown Data by TypeShort RangeMedium Range Weather Forecasting Services Breakdown Data by ApplicationOil & GasAgricultureUtilitiesOthers   This report also splits the market by Region:AmericasUnited States        CanadaMexicoBrazilAPACChinaJapanKoreaSoutheast AsiaIndiaAustraliaEuropeGermanyFranceUKItalyRussiaSpainMiddle East & AfricaEgyptSouth AfricaIsraelTurkeyGCC Countries Companies Profile: The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market.The Top Key Manufacturers covered in this report: Stormgeo, BMT Group, Fugro, ENAV, Meteosim, Meteo-Logic, Skymet Weather Services, Skyview Systems, Global Weather, Met Office, Meteogroup, Precision Weather, Meteoblue, Accuweather.
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During his run as chair of the House Science Committee, recently retired Texas Congressman Lamar Smith made a habit of accusing US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists of manipulating data to exaggerate global warming.His favorite target for both accusations and subpoenas was a 2015 paper published in the journal Science that incorporated new research to update NOAA’s global temperature dataset.After the paper was published, the UK's Mail on Sunday and its digital sibling The Daily Mail published allegations of improper behavior at NOAA, courtesy of a “whistleblower” inside the agency.The source, John Bates, claimed that the study had been rushed through without following proper data archiving protocol and that questionable choices had exaggerated the warming trend.Article names “whistleblower” who claims that NOAA manipulated data [Updated]Most of the claims failed to make any sense right from the start, especially given the fact that the NOAA dataset showed no more warming than those run by NASA, the UK Met Office, or anyone else.
Gale force winds are set to bring misery to parts of Britain.A Met Office yellow weather warning has been issued for Scotland meaning that “very strong winds” are expected to hit on Monday and Tuesday.The rest of the UK will remain largely cloudy, with some patchy rain in the north.The Met Office suggests that gusts of up to 75mph are expected and it could bring possible travel disruption.The warning reads: “Very strong winds are expected to affect northern and parts of eastern Scotland on Monday and Monday night.“Gusts of 65 to 75 mph are likely, particularly in the far north and northeast, before winds gradually ease from the west during Tuesday.”
Emergency shelters for the homeless have been opened across the country in a bid to help prevent the deaths of rough sleepers on the UK’s streets as freezing temperatures hit.The Met Office is forecasting temperatures to fall below zero for the next couple of nights, after Arctic temperatures began travelling down towards Britain, prompting a blast of colder weather.In London, Mayor Sadiq Khan said dropping temperatures meant all emergency shelters would be open to rough sleepers in the city throughout the weekend, with more than 700 spaces at severe weather shelters available every night, in addition to more than 600 beds in shelters run by faith and community groups.Councils in Gloucester, Bournemouth, Cheltenham, Suffolk, Birmingham and Colchester are among those to also trigger their severe weather emergency protocol measures, known as SWEP.— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) January 3, 2019But Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Jason Kelly said the country would not yet be seeing a repeat of the “beast from the east” – which saw Britain plunged into deep snow and ice for weeks in March last year and resulted up to 78 deaths on the UK’s streets.
Britain is braced for a chilly weekend, with temperatures expected to plummet below freezing across the country.Some parts of the country will see frosty conditions overnight on Friday, with some freezing fog developing by morning.But don’t get too excited – the dry conditions mean there is little chance of snow.The coldest night of the winter so far was experienced in Scotland on Wednesday into Thursday, according to the Met Office, with the lowest temperature in Braemar, Aberdeenshire, recorded at -10.5C.Another frosty night saw lows of -8C in Aboyne, also in Aberdeenshire, -7C in Sennybridge, in Powys, and -6.1C in Oxfordshire overnight Thursday.Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the wintry weather will continue into the weekend, with areas where there are clear skies expected to see the coldest temperatures.
With a sharp frost on the ground and a bite in the air, the first day back to work after the New Year festivities felt much colder outside, with many parts of Britain experiencing a drop in temperatures.The mercury dipped as low as -6C overnight.A weather system currently brewing over the Arctic means we have a 60% likelihood of a potentially lengthy cold snap, sending temperatures plummeting and giving rise to the possibility of snow.The weather system, known as SSW, occurs when air high over the North Pole warms and pushes colder Arctic temperatures down towards Britain, leading to a plunge in temperature for up to two weeks.SSW has given periods of temperatures as low as -18C in recent years, including -18.4C in the Highlands in Scotland in February 2009.A low of -6C was recorded by the Met Office at Glasgow and Braemar in the early hours of Wednesday, while lows of -4C were recorded in North Wales and -2C in the North West of England.