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'The Sun' case: Translating accurate forecasts into unambiguous icons - and how to read them

MeteoGroup is good at forecasting. Especially storms. But last week’s UK media storm we couldn't have predicted. Here's the full story.

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European End-of-Season Report for the Winter 2017/18

MeteoGroup has been a provider of this consultancy for many years already, and has developed several models and tools to support road services. This has resulted in an excellent forecast quality, delivered through meteorological experts in weather rooms in eight European countries. In many cases our hit rate for the prediction of the minimum road surface temperature was well above 90%. Here’s a small  recap on this past winter.

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Oxfordshire’s Winter Road Management successfully transferred to MeteoGroup

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for gritting the main roads across Oxfordshire and Paul Wilson, Group Manager Area Operations, is responsible for coordination and delivery of the Winter and Adverse Weather Service in Oxfordshire, both in terms of operational delivery and customer service delivery.  He explains how the decision was made to hire MeteoGroup for the winter weather forecasts.

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Curative salting in Barneveld requires highly accurate ice forecasts

In the Dutch municipality of Barneveld, winter road management is the responsibility of the Public Space Management Department. The winter road management service has 10 salting trucks at its disposal and three tractors, if necessary. The municipality of Barneveld uses 'curative salting' and therefor relies strongly on the accurate forecasts of MeteoGroup.

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Curatief strooien in Barneveld vraagt nauwkeuriger gladheidvoorspelling

De gladheidbestrijding in de gemeente Barneveld  wordt uitgevoerd door de afdeling Beheer Openbare Ruimte (BOR). Het strooien gebeurt curatief en dat vraagt om de meest nauwkeurige gladheidvoorspellingen van MeteoGroup. "Wij krijgen van MeteoGroup twee uur van tevoren een waarschuwing dat het glad wordt. Dit werkt fantastisch."

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Will we see yet another active tropical storm season in 2018?

Hurricanes have no respect for humans or their calendars. The traditionally designated “hurricane season” in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 31st but named storms have developed as soon as January (Hurricane Alex on 12th January 2016). The latest date for the first storm to be named was 31st August 1967 (Hurricane Arlene). How active is the Atlantic likely to be between now and late autumn? This is what we expect at MeteoGroup.

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Winter 2017/18 UK End-of-Season Report

Britain went against the flow, having the past winter colder than average. The temperature was ~0.5°C below the average over England and Wales and ~1°C below the average over Scotland, compared to a climatology based on the most recent 10 years.

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Winter 2017/18 Netherlands End-of-Season Report

Similar to the previous four years, the winter of 2017-2018 as a whole went quite smoothly.  However, the differences between the individual months were large. One of the top ten warmest months of January ever in De Bilt, was followed by the coldest February since 1996.

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27% chance of rain at 2 p.m., what does it mean?

'A 27% chance of rain at 2 p.m.' What does it actually mean?' BBC4 asks Nikki Berry, Senior Meteorologist on the MeteoGroup UK team, about how to properly read the BBC weather app.

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Road Weather Forecast Performance, Winter 2017-2018

We have measured our forecast quality, taking a strict user perspective. We apply scores which are scientifically sound and still intuitively understandable. We inspect weather situations where road services are most vulnerable. Still we accept the limitations of road weather observations for verification purposes. Following the suggestion of the Institution of Civil Engineers we compare the forecasted road frost against the actual observed.

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Vliegen zonder vertraging: de-icing op Schiphol

De 'de-icing' van vliegtuigen kost tijd en mankracht en heeft grote invloed op de vertrekcapaciteit van de luchthaven. MeteoGroup is door het Knowledge Development Centre Schiphol (KDC Schiphol)- een samenwerking tussen verschillende (overheids)organisaties en KLM - gevraagd om een model te ontwikkelen om de ijsvorming op vliegtuigvleugels beter te kunnen voorspellen.

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Meteorologische ondersteuning van zomerfestivals essentieel

Sinds het drama van Pukkelpop in 2011, waar hevig noodweer aan vijf mensen het leven kostte, is ‘weerbewaking’ op festivals en evenementen een belangrijk item. Maar wat houdt dit in? En hoe houd je de risico’s voor je festival onder controle?

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