PREDICTING THE WEATHER – THE INS AND OUTS

Just about all of us rely heavily on the weather predictions daily. Think about how often you turn to the weather report to plan your day, a trip into the city, a weekend away and even extended vacations. All of these aspects rely on weather and before we do anything, we want to be sure we’ve got it worked out well.

Thankfully, it’s something of a science that has developed well over the last few years. Here’s a quick look at how the weather is predicted.

A Meteorologist is someone who works with understanding and predicting the weather. To get a good idea of what the weather will be like for a specific period of time (this is usually a week or so in the future), meteorologists monitor and measure the atmosphere for changes. The data captured includes the current temperature, air pressure, wind speed and direction. This data is then studied and an educated guess is formed as to what the weather will look like for the week ahead. While we’re used to seeing daily predictions in the news weather forecasts, the weather changes so much daily that it is even possible for a prediction to be made by the hour.

Why predicting the weather is still not 100% accurate.

We so often say: “The weatherman got it all wrong”, that’s because the weather, in essence, can be rather unpredictable. There are so many things that work together to form climate, and rain can be particularly hard to pinpoint accurately a few days in the future.

The World climate is something that has been in the news extensively over the past few decades. Scientists are noticing unprecedented changes in the global weather and we’re at a crossroads with regards to environmental changes. Weather predictions, therefore, offer the scientists valuable insight into the future of the world.