Numerical weather prediction model performance over high southern latitudes

first_imgIncreasingly, output from numerical weather prediction (NWP) models is being used for real-time weather forecasts for the Antarctic and for Antarctic-related climate diagnostics studies. Evidence is presented that indicates that in broad terms, the NWP output from the major global models is providing useful representations of synoptic-scale systems over high southern latitude areas. For example, root-mean-square (rms) errors in the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) model predictions of the 500-hPa height field indicate a day’s gain in predictability since the mid-1990s: average rms errors in ECMWF 172 h 500-hPa height field prognoses for the calendar year 2000 were close to 50 m, compared to similar errors in the 148 h prognoses in 1995. Similar relative improvements may be noted for all time steps out to 1144 h. Moreover, it is determined that, of the models considered here, the ECMWF model is clearly the most successful model at 500-hPa-height prediction for high southern latitudes, with the United Kingdom Met Office (UKMO) and National Centers for Environmental Prediction Aviation (AVN) models the next most accurate, and with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s Global Assimilation Prediction (GASP) and Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) models lagging in accuracy. However, improvements in the temporal and spatial resolution of observational data that are available to the analysis and assimilation cycles of the NWP models, and improvements in the horizontal resolutions of the models, are required before the use of NWP output at high southern latitudes is as effective as in more northern areas of the world. Limited area modeling is seen as having potential for complementing the global models by resolving the finer-scale orography and topography of the Antarctic.last_img read more

Salt Lake Drops Last Game

first_img Tags: PCL/Reno Aces/Salt Lake Bees Written by Robert Lovell September 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local Salt Lake Drops Last Game FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Bees dropped the last game of the season to the Aces 7-1 at Smith’s Ballpark.Kaleb Cowart drove in Salt Lake’s lone run on a single. Alex Klonowski gave up five runs over four innings to take the loss and drop to 1-and-9.The Bees end the season at 60-and-79.last_img

James Stevens – licensed to fly

first_imgHome » News » James Stevens – licensed to fly previous nextProducts & ServicesJames Stevens – licensed to flyThe Negotiator21st August 20160666 Views Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are becoming a key asset to estate agents, enabling stunning aerial photography and videos, enhancing particulars for more successful marketing.But there are safety rules, underpinned by UK law and anyone flying a drone for commercial purposes is required to obtain a licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).James Stevens, owner of Stevens’ Estate Agents in Okehampton, attended an intensive three day course, a theory exam and a flight test to become qualified and obtain permission from the CAA to fly a drone. James says, “I know of others in the area that operate drones commercially without a licence – or, therefore, insurance. They are endangering the people and property below their aircraft. Aerial photography can make all the difference to the marketing of a property but it needs to be done safely, with the appropriate licence and insurance.”marketing aerial photography aerial videos drones drones for estate agents August 21, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

The spell of spelt

first_imgSpelt bread, with its slightly nutty flavour, is rapidly winning consumer approval because of its perceived health properties.Spelt is a very old kind of flour, first produced around 5,000 BC. It survived into medieval times and much of its heritage was protected by millers and bakers in Eastern Germany and elsewhere in Central Europe. Head of The National Bakery School in Dublin Derek O’Brien, who has been doing a lot of development work with spelt, says that products made from the flour have grown much in popularity since spelt flour was reintroduced in this part of the world in 1987. “You can use either a one-hour or an overnight system, but the dough needs to be soft. It’s a special flour and needs to be treated accordingly,” says O’Brien. He adds that apart from the fermentation system, no other special baking methods or production techniques have to be used. It’s a little more difficult to handle, but nothing too arduous. He goes on to say that if the flour is used properly in the making of spelt bread, it is cost-effective. But he warns: “There’s no point in making spelt bread and selling it for the same price as wholemeal,” given the price premium the bread can command. Sourcing spelt flour isn’t a problem for the School; supplies are readily available from Irish Bakery Suppliers in Cork, which supplies Ballybrado, the only spelt flour produced in Ireland, or from Shipton Mill in Gloucestershire. So far, artisan bakers in Ireland have taken up the spelt bread theme with some considerable success, such as Denise O’Callaghan’s Delicious Bakery in Cork and Alan and Zoe Tennyson’s Artisan Breads in Bandon, Co Cork.One Irish bakery that makes no bones about spelling out the health benefits of spelt bread is O’Sullivan’s, in Killorglin, Co Kerry. It says that spelt flour offers 50% [more?] amino acid than wheat, more Vitamin B, higher levels of fibre, more protein and special carbo-hydrates that help reduce blood clotting and make the body more resistant to infection. It’s low in gluten, easily digested and, in general, is better tolerated by the body than any other grains.O’Sullivan’s has been using spelt flour since 2005 to make three varieties of bread: white sliced, brown sliced and honey seeded. At present, the bakery is making 3,000 units a month, baking these products twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Helen O’ Sullivan, daughter of Gearoid O’ Sullivan, the managing director, says: “There’s interest in spelt bread throughout the country and we find demand increasing all the time.”While many artisan bakeries around Ireland have taken up the spelt bread cause, the plant bakeries haven’t, as they prefer flour that’s easier to handle. But Derek O’Brien sees no reason why spelt flour cannot be used in larger-scale production. It can also be used in certain types of confectionery, although that hasn’t happened in Ireland, where spelt flour is confined to bread.A close working relationship with the leading German master bakers’ school, at Weinheim, near Heidelberg, has been developed at the National Bakery School; Germany has stronger historical links with the use of spelt in baking. O’Brien says that many consumers are now aware of the reputed health benefits of bread made from spelt flour, which he says should only be used in a natural fermen-tation system. The School part of the Dublin Institute of Technology does a BSc course in baking and pastry arts management and also runs a professional baking programme; spelt bread now features strongly. The school uses many old spelt recipes that it has tweaked for modern production. This new academic year, 92 full-time students will enrol, meaning a record number will be learning about the commercial potential of spelt and, who knows, might eventually introduce spelt into Ireland’s plant bakeries.last_img read more

News story: UK and France sign action plan to tackle small boat crossings

first_imgFrench Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner said: It is vital we continue to work closely with our French partners to stop vulnerable migrants making these treacherous crossings and tackle the people smugglers who are putting their lives in danger. Today’s joint action plan strengthens our already strong relationship and increases joint action around keeping both our borders secure and discouraging these dangerous journeys. Sajid Javid and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner held productive talks in Westminster and vowed to increase joint co-operation following a rise in the number of migrants attempting to cross the dangerous shipping lane in small boats.As part of the action plan, which will see over £6 million invested in new security equipment, there will be a mutual commitment to conduct return operations as quickly as possible under the Dublin Regulation. A small number of migrants, who made the illegal journey at the end of last year, were returned to France this morning.In addition, the Home Secretary and Interior Minister agreed that migrants encountered in the Channel will be taken to the nearest safe port, in accordance with international maritime law. This will build on the success of the French authorities in preventing attempted departures in French ports and beaches which has seen 44 successful disruptions covering 267 individuals since January 2018.The UK will continue to work closely with France and other countries to return more migrants who have entered the UK by small boat in order to provide a strong deterrent against the dangerous crossings.Home Secretary, Sajid Javid said: This agreement once again shows the UK’s commitment to managing our shared border along with us. By combating illegal Channel crossings by migrants, we’re saving lives and deterring new migrants from coming to Hauts-de-France. The UK agreed to allocate over £6 million (€7 million) to support the French’s comprehensive regional action plan which has been in place since early January and has seen additional surveillance and security on French beaches and ports as well as greater co-ordination between the French authorities on land and at sea.Just over half of the investment will come from £44.5 million (€50 million) already allocated under the Sandhurst Treaty, an agreement on UK-France co-operation signed by the Prime Minister and President Macron in January 2018. An additional £3.2 million (€3.6 million) of new funding will be used for equipment and measures to tackle illegal migration by small boats, such as CCTV, night goggles and number plate recognition capability, helping to support the UK and French border and maritime teams to detect and crack down on illegal activity.Additional security cameras will be strategically placed at French ports and in areas where migrants may attempt to embark boats, and will feed live CCTV footage into the UK-France Coordination and Information Centre in Calais which is staffed by both British and French agencies.There will be increased surveillance of the Channel by air and boat patrols, with shared intelligence between UK and French authorities. Foot patrols across beaches and coastal areas by the French police will be ramped up, and attempted crossings will be disrupted. Both governments have made clear that all criminals will be prosecuted.The new plan will come into force immediately.last_img read more

New Tesco deal for Henllan Bakery

first_imgNorth Wales-based Henllan Bakery has signed a new deal with Tesco to stock six breads and four morning goods.The deal, which director Tom Moore told British Baker he is “delighted” about, means that 22 Tesco stores in north and mid-Wales will stock 10 lines of its craft bread.The breads, which are in stores now, are four loaves (a white and a brown, both in small and large versions), a box bread in white and brown, two packs of four baps (one white, one brown), and two packs of six baps (one white, one brown).The loaves will all be thin-sliced versions, as Moore said this was a bestseller in the area: “I like a nice, thick slice of toast or bread for a sandwich myself, but around here they all prefer a thin slice.”He added that it was “a really exciting time” for the family bakery, and that the staff had been “fantastic”.“We’re delivering to Tesco with our 16 van fleet six days a week, and the staff have been brilliant – we are lucky to have a really loyal local workforce who have been so helpful and supportive with the winning of new contracts.”Moore also wanted to credit local Tesco buyers Chris Minter and Enfys Fox, whom he said had been “key to the new developments”.Denbigh-based Henllan has been making bread since 1908, but this is the first time it has sold them in Tesco supermarkets – they also supply Co-op and Asda.Moore said: “The decision was made two years ago to focus on bread this year, and trolley shoppers as opposed to basket or carrier bag shoppers. So far it has been received really well.”last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Tapped As Replacement For Shpongle’s Cancelled Bonnaroo Set

first_imgAs next weekend draws closer, excitement has been building for those heading to Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo on June 8th-11th. Today, the festival announced that due to issues attaining a visa to enter the United States, British DJ Simon Posford, aka Shpongle has been forced to cancel his late-night Simon Posford Presents The Spongletron set on Saturday night from 1:30am – 3:00am. However, the festival has announced the replacement for the Saturday late-night slot, and they’re no slackers: That’s right, Umphrey’s McGee will return to the Bonnaroo late-night lineup where they’ve played several memorable shows in years past. The Saturday night “That Tent” set will be their first of two Bonnaroo sets this year, before they play their previously-scheduled “Which Stage” set on Sunday afternoon.Brendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career Highlights In Podcast EpisodeUmphrey’s McGee is no stranger to Bonnaroo late-nights. The Chicago prog-jam stalwarts have delivered several memorable after-hours performances in their 9 years on the Farm to date, including their 2006 set featuring guest spots from Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Joe Russo, Tom Hamilton to their 2012 two-set late-night throw-down with Big Gigantic playing during set break.You can watch footage of Umphrey’s performing a reggae version of Pink Floyd‘s “Breathe” from their 2012 Bonnaroo late-night below via YouTube user StereoPirateMusic:[Cover Photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.]last_img read more

Supreme Court ends Trump emoluments lawsuits

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has brought an end to lawsuits over whether Donald Trump illegally profited off his presidency. The justices on Monday threw out Trump’s challenge to lower court rulings that had allowed lawsuits to go forward alleging that he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting payments from foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. The high court also ordered the lower court rulings thrown out as well and directed appeals courts in New York and Richmond, Virginia, to dismiss the suits as moot now that Trump is no longer in office.last_img

First Lady’s visit to Vermont military families video on vpt.org

first_imgVermont Public Television covered the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama to the Vermont National Guard on Thursday afternoon, June 30, and has posted video of it on http://www.vpt.org/(link is external).The 24-minute video includes a welcome from Major General Michael Dubie, who introduced Marcelle Leahy.  Mrs. Leahy introduced the First Lady, who thanked the service members and their families gathered at the Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington.  She praised the work of Guard members at home and overseas.At the event, she also talked about the Joining Forces initiative to support military families and veterans that she and Jill Biden lead.  She highlighted efforts of Vermonters to support the troops and their families, including the work of people in Hyde Park, to help a wounded veteran.  She encouraged others to volunteer, saying, ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.’last_img read more

Race Ahead: Road Cycling

first_imgPhoto by Joe FoleyROAD CYCLINGAthens Twilight Criteriumathens, georgiaAPRIL 26-27, 2013Founded in 1980, the Athens Twilight was the first nighttime cycling race in the U.S. in more than 60 years. The race saw 40 riders that first year. It’s now the premier crit in the country, with eight separate race classes and 150 fast sprint cyclists. The course is a simple 1K rectangle through downtown Athens, lined with 30,000 fans cheering, drinking, and even heckling. Spectators are really close to the action. Cyclists are going 35 mph, right in front of you, and you get a sense for just how fast that is. It’s the fastest race they’ll ride all year. It’s also a rough and tumble sport. You’ve got 100 bike riders, inches apart, pushing each other. It’s like a NASCAR event. athenstwilight.comWintergreen Ascentroseland, virginiaAPRIL, 2013This classic hill climb begins at Devils Backbone Brewing Company and follows Hwy 664 as it ascends Wintergreen Mountain. There is no down. Only up. Here’s a number’s breakdown of this short, but tough race.6.75 miles—Distance up the mountain30 seconds—Intervals that riders are sent up the mountain in classic time-trial fashion. Pedal your heart out to catch the rider in front of you and stay ahead of the rider behind you.7.4 percent—Average grade incline from start to finish15 percent—Max grade during the course2,626 feet—Total elevation you’ll gainvacycling.orgAssault On Mount Mitchellspartanburg, south carolinaMAY 20, 2013The Assault may not be the toughest road race in the South, but it’s easily the most iconic. Is there any challenge more primal than trying to ride up the biggest mountain around? From 100 miles away? 750 riders accept this challenge every year, pedaling 102 miles from Spartanburg, S.C. to the top of Mount Mitchell, a route that takes in 10,350 feet of elevation gain. The first 75 miles are rolling, but the last 25 miles are packed with the most brutal climbs. freewheelers.infoJeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Loop Gran Fondoharrisonburg, virginiaSEPTEMBER 29, 2013It’s billed as the toughest gran fondo in America, 104 miles of Virginia and West Virginia back roads with 11,000 feet of climbing and two gravel roads. “I’ve been training on the route for almost a decade. It’s a ball buster, for sure. It’s one of the hardest training rides I’ll do,” says founder Jeremiah Bishop. “It’ll find the limit of most people, but still allow them to enjoy a beer afterwards. Start in the city of Harrisonburg, then ride through the agricultural bread basket of Virginia and into the national forest in West Virginia. Sheep cling to the sides of the mountains, there are open meadows on peaks…it’s like riding in Switzerland. “It harkens back to an era when people who rode road bikes weren’t soft men who shaved their legs and rode $10,000 bikes,” continues Bishop. “Road cycling used to be hard core. This gets back to the soul of the ride.” alpineloopgranfondo.comSix Gap Centuryhelen, georgiaSEPTEMBER 29, 2013Some say it’s the toughest century in the South. Show up and you’ll pedal the steepest mountain gaps in Georgia, following the same route that pros battled on during the Tour de Georgia. In the middle of the ride, there’s a time-trial race up Hogpen Gap, the toughest climb on the route. The winner is proclaimed King of the Mountain. “Everyone’s mellow at the beginning, but then you have this independent race up the gap where everyone has a chip and digs deep because your time is compared to everyone else’s,”says Brian Toone, last year’s king. “You’re spent at the end of the KOM challenge, but you’ve got half the century left to ride.” cyclenorthgeorgia.comBest of the RestRoanoke Twilight CriteriumRoanoke, VirginaApril, 2013 • roanoketwilight.com3 State 3 Mountain ChallengeChattanooga, TennesseeMay 4, 2013 • chattbike.comBlack and Blue Double CenturyBoone, North CarolinaJune 8, 2013 • blackandbluerelay.comBlood, Sweat, and GearsBoone, North CarolinaJune, 2013 • bloodsweatandgears.orgTour of Page CountyLuray, VirginaApril 26-28, 2013 • pagevalleycycling.comBike Virginia TourBuena Vista, VirginiaJune 21-26, 2013 • bikevirginia.orgHot Dogget 100Mars Hill, North CarolinaJuly 13, 2013 • hotdoggett100.org24 Hours of BootyCharlotte, North CarolinaJuly 26-27, 2013 • 24hoursofbooty.orgTour de Burg (road days)Harrisonburg, VirginiaJuly, 2013 • svbcoalition.orgBlue Ridge BreakawayWaynesville, North CarolinaAugust 17, 2013 • blueridgebreakaway.comShenandoah Valley CenturyHarrisonburg, VirginiaSeptember, 2013 • svbcoalition.orgTown Mountain Hill ClimbAsheville, North CarolinaSeptember, 2013 • ashevillewomenscycling.comGeorge Hincapie Gran FondoGreenville, South CarolinaOctober, 2013 • granfondohincapie.comFinal Fifty RideGreenville, South CarolinaDecember 29, 2013 • greenvillespinners.orgFor more great Race Ahead information check out these sections:SnowsportsTrail RunningRoad RunningMountain BikingRoad CyclingClimbingPaddlingHikingMultisportSuperlativeslast_img read more