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  • effect of reduced sea ice

    Do cold winters have an Arctic cause?

    Climate change leads to a warming Arctic and the decline of sea ice in the winter. The decrease in sea ice is sometimes linked to the occurrence of extreme winter cold at moderate latitudes. In a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers from the KNMI and the University of Exeter conclude that a decrease in sea ice does not cause the cold waves: fluctuations in the atmospheric circulation simultaneously cause both a decrease in sea ice and cold waves at mid-latitudes.
  • A map of Java

    A comparative verification of raw and bias-corrected ECMWF seasonal ensemble precipitation reforecasts in Java (Indonesia)

    Seasonal forecasts of precipitation are becoming an increasingly important element in decision making systems in Indonesia, especially in the agriculture and hydrological sectors. In these two sectors, stakeholders and decision makers need seasonal forecasts to assist them in their planning strategy. However, seasonal forecasts from global circulation models are afflicted with biases to a degree that precludes their direct use, including seasonal ensemble forecasts of precipitation from the new ECMWF Seasonal Forecast System 5 (ECMWF-SEAS5). Lead author Dian Nur Ratri says "Our study shows that biases can be corrected using Empirical Quantile Mapping (EQM) bias correction (BC)". The results were published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology.
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    30th EGOWS meeting

    The 30th annual meeting of the European Working Group on Operational meteorological Workstations (EGOWS) is hosted by the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) in De Bilt, The Netherlands, November 12-14, 2019.

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The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

Is the dutch national weather service. Primary tasks of KNMI are weather forecasting, and monitoring of weather, climate and seismic activity. KNMI is also the national research and information centre for meteorology, climate, air quality, and seismology