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England’s hopes of ODI series win in South Africa ended by bad weather

England’s hopes of ODI series win in South Africa ended by bad weather

Sports
England’s second one-day international against South Africa was abandoned due to bad weather.Only 11.2 overs of play were possible before Friday’s match was called off, ending the tourists’ hopes of a series win. GETTY England players leave the pitch following poor weather conditions during the second ODI The no-result at Kingsmead means England must prevail at Johannesburg on Sunday to avoid a first ODI bilateral series defeat in three years. The falling rain led to a delayed start of nearly two hours and, when play did get under way, it was announced the match had been shortened to 45 overs per side, with an unchanged England winning the toss. South Africa made one change from Newlands as uncapped slow left armer Bjorn Fortuin replaced fast bowler Lungi
Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data

Aeolus: Weather forecasts start using space laser data

Science
Europe's novel wind-measuring satellite, Aeolus, has reached a key milestone in its mission.The space laser's data is now being used in operational weather forecasts.Aeolus monitors the wind by firing an ultraviolet beam down into the atmosphere and catching the light's reflection as it scatters off molecules and particles carried along in the air.The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts says the information is now robust enough for routine use.The Reading, UK-based organisation is ingesting the data into its numerical models that look from one to several days ahead.Forecast improvements are most apparent for the tropics and the Southern Hemisphere.Meteorologists are constantly trying to increase their skill level; ...
Australian fires: Victoria extends state of disaster ahead of worsening weather conditions

Australian fires: Victoria extends state of disaster ahead of worsening weather conditions

World
Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Premier Daniel Andrews extended Victoria's first-ever state of disaster on Thursday as worsening weather conditions are forecast to further inflame ongoing bushfires that have ravaged southeastern Australia for months. "We don't lightly extend the state of disaster. We've done it because we believe that it will save lives and that, after all, is the most important thing," Andrews said during a press conference. At least 25 people have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and some 10 million hectares of land have been scorched this fire season throughout southeastern Australia, and officials in three states on Thursday are bracing for increasing temperatures and strong winds that will continue into the weekend after a short respite of milder weather. "While there's...
Damp weather sees Boxing Day shopping visits slump

Damp weather sees Boxing Day shopping visits slump

Business
Boxing Day shopping visits have fallen at the sharpest rate for nine years amid a rainy start to the traditional post-Christmas sales period.Data company Springboard said that, in the period up to noon, footfall was down by 10.6% on the same period a year ago. That was the biggest decline of any Boxing Day since 2010 - which was on a Sunday when trading starts later.It was worst for high street locations, down 13.6%, while retail parks saw a 5.9% decline and shopping centre footfall dropped by 8.8%.Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said the figures might improve slightly throughout the day especially if the rain eases. Advertisement Image: Shoppers...
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...