NY Times hails United Nations weather forecasting and Olympics involvement
- As Vancouver winds down, Sochi, Russia, the host of the 2014 Winter Games, is gearing up. A team of
- Russian meteorologists has been visiting the Vancouver operation to form its plans."
- NY Times, continuing: "Perhaps more important,
- the data gathered by forecasters for the Olympics,
- retraining the Olympic forecasters (three of whom are on loan from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- in the United States)....
- unwelcome conditions were not a surprise.*...
- While two Summer Games have been used for special projects by the World Meteorological Organization,
- a United Nations agency,
- these were the first Winter Games it has studied.
George Isaac, the Environment Canada scientist who sold the idea of using the Olympics as a case study
- to governments and researchers in several countries including the United States,
- said that the hope was to improve “now casting” of rapidly developing storms or dangerous winter weather conditions. Such forecasts, which cover from an immediate time period out six hours, have been used to track the development of
- summer storms like tornados for many years.
- But Isaac said that there was little similar science for winter conditions."...
- NY Times, 3/11/10, "Winter Games Yield Forecasting Insights," by Ian Austen