Using positive land surface temperature anomalies to predict the location of convection in Niger

Patterns of soil moisture, observed by satellite, are helping us to pinpoint the locations where thunderstorms will form. Testbed 3 is pioneering the use of these land surface observations as part of the process of ‘nowcasting’ for the Sahel zone in Africa. Nowcasting refers to a forecasting process where we provide short-term predictions of severe … Continue Reading

Gravity waves, land surface and convective initiation

Close analysis of the weather situation among the researchers and forecasters in SWIFT Testbed 3 has been uncovering some of the processes and patterns controlling the development of thunderstorms in West Africa. By looking at the patterns of clouds and storms as they develop during the day, and relating these to patterns of soil moisture … Continue Reading

Testbed 3 Opening Speeches

With the launch of Testbed 3 this week, we have heard some inspiring speeches from our Ghanaian Partners Professor Benjamin Lamptey AG. Director-General of the Ghana Meteorological Agency Professor Leonard K Amekudzi

Real-time access to sub-seasonal forecasts in Africa

In this ECWMF newsletter article, Dr Linda Hirons writes about Testbed 2 and the importance of access to data.  Enjoy this short excerpt or follow the link below to read the full article. Having real-time access to sub-seasonal forecast data from ECMWF has been transformational for African meteorological agencies. It has enabled the co-production of … Continue Reading