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Fiddly Forecasts

michael-fish.jpgIn this special mini-series of the Barometer Podcast for National Science Week we’ll have a look at what makes a weather forecast good (or bad). How exactly do forecasts work anyway? Forecasts take a load of information about the weather right now, do a load of computer calculations and then try and figure out what the weather will be like in the future. But...sometimes forecasts go bad.In the first mini-episode we talk about what can make or break a weather forecast. What if we wrongly measure the weather today and then use that to start the forecast? What if we misunderstand how the weather works and get some of the calculations wrong? What if something is important but so small that we don’t think about it? Bad forecasts, that’s what.

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