Press release: Weather Radar deployed in Cumbria to improve flood forecasting

first_img Further understand the challenges associated with collecting high quality data over mountainous terrain Improve the weather radar coverage in north Cumbria for up to a year We are happy to be working with the Environment Agency to provide them with high resolution data in this under-observed region so that they may improve their flood forecasts. For NCAS, we are excited to make observations in a new region that will allow us to explore many scientific questions about the rainfall processes in mountainous terrain. Provide information to support the development of a long term weather solution for Cumbria Ryan Neely and Lindsay Bennett, scientists at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science added: The deployment of the NCAS radar will help us to build a strong case for investment where it’s needed. We’re seeing many benefits from the collaboration including a greater interest from all parties to integrate data from deployments like this, and other third party radars into the national Met Office rainfall products.center_img Notes to Editors:Radar Applications in Northern England (RAINE) data collected by the NCAS X-band radar in Cumbria is available for researchers and members of the public to view.The latest data and more information about the research agreement is available on the Cumbria weather radar website.The National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) is a world-leading research centre dedicated to the advancement of atmospheric science, and is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.For media enquiries please contact the press office on 0800 917 9252. For out of hours please call 0800 028 1989 and ask for the duty press officer. Learn more about bringing multiple sources of rainfall data into the national weather radar Weather radars are the most effective way to collect real-time rainfall information and NCAS operates the only mobile weather radar in the UK. The radar measures rain, wind and other parameters. Importantly, the location of the radar will improve the observations of rainfall over Cumbria, helping to make flood forecasting in the area more accurate.Data collected by the radar will provide evidence for the need to invest in a permanent solution and help researchers better understand the type of extreme rainfall that sometimes affects Cumbria.A separate partnership project between the Environment Agency, Met Office, National Resources Wales, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Department of Infrastructure Northern Ireland is developing a national strategy for the UK’s radar network over the next 15 years and data from the radar will help to support the development of a long term radar solution in Cumbria.Tim Harrison, Senior Advisor for the Environment Agency said: The Environment Agency and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) have successfully deployed a mobile weather radar in Cumbria. For the next 12 months, the NCAS X-band radar will provide data that will help improve the Environment Agency’s rainfall detection capability and should lead to an improvement in our flood forecasting and warning services.The deployment is a collaborative research project between the Environment Agency, the University of Leeds and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, called Radar Applications in Northern England (RAIN-E).The radar will be used to:last_img read more

NBA exploring new frontiers in fanless arenas

first_img On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “I hear it’s pretty unique,” Danny Green said. “But I think regardless of what the scenario is, the situation or the court setup, I think most of us have played in many different arenas and can adapt and adjust to it, hopefully sooner than later. It will probably take a couple of games for us to get used to it.”With scrimmages beginning Wednesday — including the Clippers taking on the Orlando Magic — NBA players and fans alike will begin leaping into the experience soon.Some of the differences immediately stick out: The coach and player benches, for example, are spaced apart in three rows to keep social distancing — even though players will be tangling like normal on the court feet away. The scorer’s table is surrounded by plexiglass, as are other sections of broadcast areas. Of the thirty cameras that are estimated to be covering each game, only three are expected to have a person standing behind them, with unique angles including a rail cam that will span the length of the court. This likely means more experimental camera angles, trading off wide shots of crowds for close-ups and pans following on-court action.Among the boldest statements: The court will read “BLACK LIVES MATTER” just above the center court logo, reflecting the league’s support for the movement popular among its players.There’s also seating in the lower bowl for players who simply want to watch, between 62 and 30 seats reserved depending on the venue. Some have expressed interest in being one of the few live viewers in their off hours. Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> The NBA has put an awful lot of thought into what is sure to become some of the least attended games in its history.With a black curtain blocking off three walls of seats in its largest venue, the league has unveiled the temporary home for its upcoming three-month run to crown a champion. Outside of the 94 feet of hardwood, the NBA will play in front of digital screens and unmanned cameras, with seats spread out and and many observers encased in plexiglass — an almost alien surrounding for a game that typically relies on thousands of raucous fans to create atmosphere.On Tuesday, the league allowed a small group of reporters onto the hardwood at The Arena, one of three venues at the Wide World of Sports Complex. In a pandemic-stricken world, the NBA and its TV partners Turner and ESPN are trading out in-person fans for technology, hoping to create as immersive an experience as possible while preserving the game itself.One of the biggest takeaways? There’s a lot the league is still trying to work out. But it’s going to seem strange any way it turns out, to both the viewers at home, and the players trying to adapt to the foreign surroundings.center_img “Gotta look at the schedule and see who’s playing and stuff like that,” Anthony Davis said. “But there’s not much to do here, so to go out and watch some other teams, scout them a little bit, I might end up doing it.”There are a number of issues that the league still has to sort, including how games will sound and look off the court. The league is also exploring how to simulate home court advantage — one of the most beloved facets and treasured advantages of the playoffs — when every game will be played in one of three sparsely attended arenas.League officials still aren’t prepared to finalize those details, but Davis said he had heard there could be options for players’ family and friends to appear on the video board.Other players have been weighing the benefits of more on-court sound being available, including play calls or colorful trash talk. There’s also more niche considerations, like whether the digital walls could skew the depth perceptions when players shoot.Green imagined that the new environment will be revealing, both in how certain players fly without fan support, and what they say to each other when otherwise blanketed by crowd noise.“It’s probably going to be less pressure,” he said. It’s going to be interesting to see how guys operate — like if the numbers go up or go down depending on whether they have fans in the building or not. So we’ll see how that goes. It will be like pick-up games at L.A. Fitness which I think people are interested to see because there’s going to be a lot of trash talking.”It’s unclear how much on-court audio the league will green-light, especially given that generally, words too hot for TV are tossed back and forth. Frank Vogel said he’s cautioned his assistants to rein in what they might say to referees, lest officials hear barbs a little more clearly.Related Articles Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant Jared Dudley has been one of the most vocal supporters of letting fans hear his — and everyone else’s — voice on the court. His interpretation is that if the NBA takes away in-person access, they ought to provide something else compelling.“If we don’t have a crowd what’s the one thing we can give you that we’ve never been able to give you before?” he said recently. “And that would be the in-game experience of what’s trash talking, hearing (LeBron James) talk to refs, hearing James Harden when it comes to how he’s trying to get a call from a ref. I think this is something intriguing when you have trash talking with Pat (Beverley). I think fans are intrigued by that, I think they want to hear what people have to say, I think it could bring excitement, so I’m not worried about it.”This much can be said for that option: It hasn’t officially been ruled out.For more on the NBA’s tour of its facilities and a look inside the NBA’s bubble, follow Kyle Goon on instagram. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more