A map of the January 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly -Credit: NASA/GISS
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Online — January 2017 was the third warmest January in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
Last month’s temperature was 0.20 °C cooler than the warmest, January 2016. However, it was 0.92 °C warmer than the mean January temperature from 1951-1980.
Two of the three top January temperature anomalies have been during the past two years. Continue reading
Collaborative products enable organizations to access
GERMANTOWN, MD, USA – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Earth Networks has announced the launch of Sferic Maps and Sferic Mobile – advanced weather visualization, decision support and collaboration products designed to reduce risk and improve operations for organizations across weather-sensitive industries.
Vertical markets including energy, education, insurance and airport operations, as well as local, state, and federal governments now have the tools needed to automate decisions surrounding severe weather situations and communicate with their teams to prepare for disruptive events. Continue reading
Turn-key solar measurement solution
SP-12 Solar Weather Station Installed (Click Image for Details)
Online — Vaisala has launched a new, ready-to-install solar weather station that provides all of the instrumentation required by solar project developers, operators and their engineering teams for best practice resource assessment and monitoring.
The SP-12 Solar Weather Station, available in multiple configurations, measures the full range of environmental parameters that affect solar project performance.
The SP-12 Solar Weather Station, mounted on a 2-meter tower and booms, combines industry-leading Kipp & Zonen pyranometers with Vaisala’s next-generation WXT536 multi-weather sensor, capable of measuring wind speed and direction, ambient temperature, humidity, pressure and rainfall. Continue reading
Online — Lightning kills students often in many African countries.
Studies show that this is because of high lightning frequencies, unsafe lightning shelters and greater everyday exposure.
Most recently, a cloud-to-ground strike killed five students and injured 34 more in Zimbabwe. Continue reading
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society: Abstract of Early Release Paper
Online — Better defining (or altogether avoiding) the term ‘pre-industrial’ would aid interpretation of internationally agreed global temperature limits and estimation of the required constraints to avoid reaching those limits.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process agreed in Paris to limit global surface temperature rise to ‘well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels’. But what period is ‘pre-industrial’? Continue reading