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Satellite observations hold key to Africa’s short-range weather forecasts

By Dr Peter Hill, University of Reading New research demonstrates that satellite observations across Africa can be used to provide valuable forecasts of storm evolution in subsequent hours. Large populations in tropical Africa are vulnerable to severe weather, often caused by intense storms that can generate heavy rainfall, strong winds and flooding. Forecasts can be … Continue Reading

The Science Behind Abuja’s Summer Flood

By Dr Kamoru Abiodun Lawal (NiMet) for GCRF-African SWIFT On 25 July 2020 Abuja city, Nigeria’s capital, experienced one of the worst floods in its history. This event was a consequence of build-up of clusters of mesoscale convective systems that started as early as the morning of 22 July 2020, through and up to 25 … Continue Reading

Shattering the glass ceiling for women in weather: Ghanaian climate scientist shares successes and systemic barriers

By Lauren Phillips, University of Leeds As a young girl growing up in Ghana, Dr. Winifred Atiah was fascinated by the weather forecasts she watched on TV with her family. While some childhood passions fade with age, Atiah’s was a launch point for her career in meteorology and climate science. Despite being classed as an … Continue Reading

New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms

With files from Simon Williams, UK CEH Ground-breaking scientific research will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding. Mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) are ‘megastorms’ that affect large parts of the world, including Africa, Australia, Asia and the Americas, … Continue Reading