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SpaceX to launch more Starlink satellites Wednesday if weather cooperates

SpaceX to launch more Starlink satellites Wednesday if weather cooperates

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Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Just three days after sending 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit, SpaceX is aiming to launch another batch of broadband satellites into space from Florida. If the weather cooperates, Wednesday's launch will be SpaceX's 15th Starlink mission. Advertisement Liftoff is scheduled for 12:29 p.m. EDT aboard a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. With Sunday's successful launch, SpaceX increased the size of their Starlink constellation to nearly 800 satellites. The 15th mission will see another 60-odd satellites join the network. "The goal of Starlink is to create a network that will help provide Internet services to those who are not yet connected, and to provide reliable and affordable Internet across the globe," according to the Ken...
Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record

Extreme weather: October downpour sees UK’s wettest day on record

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Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN

Climate change: Better warning systems needed for extreme weather – UN

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A new UN report says the world needs to rapidly raise investment in early warning systems for extreme weather events.Over the past 50 years, recorded disasters have increased five-fold, thanks in part to climate change.The study warns that one in three people on Earth are not adequately covered by warning systems.The numbers of people in need after natural disasters could increase by 50% over the next decade. The State of Climate Services 2020 has been produced by experts from 16 international agencies and financial institutions, and co-ordinated by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Over the past 50 years, it says, some 11,000 disasters involving weather, clim...
Citizen scientists help improve space weather forecasts

Citizen scientists help improve space weather forecasts

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Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Data collected by citizen scientists have helped space weather forecasters more accurately predict when Earth will get hit by solar storms, according to a study published Friday in the journal AGU Advances. When researchers supplement computer models with citizen scientist-collected data on the size and shape of coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, forecasts were 20 more accurate. Advertisement The supplemental data, collected by volunteers through the Solar Stormwatch citizen science project, also reduced forecasting uncertainty by 15 percent. "CMEs are sausage-shaped blobs made up of billions of tonnes of magnetized plasma that erupt from the sun's atmosphere at a million miles an hour," lead researcher Luke Barnard said in a news release. "They are capable of damaging sa...
Climate change ‘driving UK’s extreme weather’

Climate change ‘driving UK’s extreme weather’

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Climate change driven by industrial society is having an increasing impact on the UK’s weather, the Met Office says. Its annual UK report confirms that 2019 was the 12th warmest year in a series from 1884. Although it does not make the top 10, the report says 2019 was remarkable for high temperature records in the UK.There was also a severe swing in weather from the soaking winter to the sunny spring.The temperature extremes were: A new UK maximum record (38.7° C) on 25 July, in Cambridge A new winter maximum record (21.2° C) on 26 February, in Kew Gardens, London - the first time 20C has been reached in the UK in winter A new December maximum record (18.7° C) on 28 December, in Achfary, Sutherland A new February minimum record