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Europe eyes improved ‘space weather’ resilience

Europe eyes improved ‘space weather’ resilience

Science
This artist's concept is of a new weather satellite - but not the type of spacecraft that warns us of coming winds and rain.It's a mission that would monitor the Sun for the type of energetic outbursts that can interfere with everyday activities on Earth.These powerful eruptions of particles and magnetic fields can degrade communications and even knock over power grids.The Lagrange satellite would see this "space weather" as it develops, alerting us to the impending disruption.The pictured concept has been produced by the UK arm of European aerospace company Airbus, which has just finished its initial assessment of how to construct the mission. Airbus is one of four groups that were asked to work through ideas by the European Spa...
First new DoD NEXRAD weather radar installed at Cannon Air Force Base

First new DoD NEXRAD weather radar installed at Cannon Air Force Base

Business
July 11 (UPI) -- Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico this year became the first military location with a refurbished weather radar system. Next Generation Weather Radar is a Doppler system that measures motion of clear air and atmospheric phenomena within storms. They are used as part of forecasts for the U.S. Army, Air Force and National Weather Service. The non-military data are transmitted to local news outlets and the Federal Aviation Administration. The announcement Wednesday on the first refurbished by the Air Force in February came as Tropical Storm Barry formed in the Gulf of Mexico and is forecast to hit land between Mississippi and eastern Texas as a Category 1 hurricane Saturday. The U.S. Air Force is building a replacement system at its 25 locations in a U.S. government effor...
Study: Impacts of extreme weather on communities influences climate beliefs

Study: Impacts of extreme weather on communities influences climate beliefs

Science
May 31 (UPI) -- New research suggests the impact of extreme weather on a person's neighbors and community has a greater influence on a person's climate change beliefs than individual losses. "We found that damage at the zip-code level as measured by FEMA was positively associated with stronger climate change beliefs even three or four years after the extreme flooding event our study examined," Elizabeth A. Albright, an assistant professor of the practice of environmental science and policy methods at Duke University, said in a news release. Albright and her colleagues sent surveys to a variety of communities impacted by heavy rains and flooding in Colorado. Researchers surveyed individuals that were directly impacted by flooding, as well as those that avoided individual property damages....
Freak weather 'will make life harder for business'

Freak weather 'will make life harder for business'

Business
First we had the Beast from the East, then the joint hottest summer on record, and now February winter temperatures have soared to all-time highs (although those balmy conditions came to an end on Thursday). It's clear that the British weather is getting harder to predict, while climatic events have become more common. And for UK businesses that is creating both opportunities and headaches, with experts warning that our capricious climate could make life harder for many. Take this and last week's unseasonably warm weather, which saw temperatures peak at 21.2C in London on Tuesday. It sparked a rush for goods usually associated with summer, with sales of sunglasses, swimwear and shorts up 13% at John Lewis last week, and bottles o...
Brooklyn prisoners left in dark with little heat in cold weather

Brooklyn prisoners left in dark with little heat in cold weather

Business
Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A federal prison in Brooklyn, N.Y., reportedly has partial heat and electricity as the city's temperature dropped as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit this week. Since Jan. 5, the Metropolitan Detention Center in the Sunset Park neighborhood has had limited electricity for the more than 1,600 inmates housed there, The New York Times reported. An electrical pane blew out last month, union leaders told the newspaper, and after it was repaired, it caught fire Sunday. A new electrical panel should be installed by Monday, said the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The heating issues, which started last week and were unrelated to the electrical problems, occurred last Saturday when units that draw water up from the boilers froze, according to union leaders who spoke to facilities workers. Ne...