Me­te­o­rol­o­gists on look­out for clouds

China Daily (Canada) - - V-DAY COMMEMORATION - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Weather ex­perts around the Bei­jing re­gion are com­bin­ing their re­sources to pro­vide ac­cu­rate weather fore­casts for Thurs­day’s vic­tory pa­rade.

Weather fore­cast­ing is one of the crit­i­cal sup­port ser­vices for the grand mil­i­tary pa­rade be­cause rain­fall, haze or low clouds could af­fect flight per­for­mances and other as­pects of the event.

Thun­der­storms put ground fa­cil­i­ties at risk, said Yao Xuex­i­ang, head of the Bei­jing Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Sta­tion, which is part of the co­op­er­a­tive weather team.

Heavy rains had doused the re­gion start­ing on Sun­day, but the storms cleared by Wed­nes­day. Bei­jing will con­tinue to see blue skies, with some clouds on Thurs­day, with a high tem­per­a­ture of 30 C and an overnight low of 18 C.

Good vis­i­bil­ity is ex­pected for the pa­rade, said Zhang Zuqiang, spokesman for the China Metro­log­i­cal Ad­min­is­tra­tion, onWed­nes­day.

Since Aug 21, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal author­i­ties at both na­tional and lo­cal lev­els, in­clud­ing Bei­jing, He­bei and other nearby prov­inces, have con­ducted joint eval­u­a­tions of weather con­di­tions and will up­date the in­for­ma­tion on the pa­rade day, Yao said.

Some 174 State-level large weather ob­ser­va­tion sta­tions in Bei­jing, Tian­jin and He­bei have in­creased the fre­quency of ob­ser­va­tions to pro­vide the latest in­for­ma­tion on clouds, vis­i­bil­ity and other weather con­di­tions.

The in­creased in­for­ma­tion has re­sulted in more de­tailed fore­casts, with winds and cloud for­ma­tion and move­ment re­ported hourly to the lead­ing pa­rade author­i­ties.

“We have con­tin­ued to use the tech­nolo­gies and mod­els that have proved ef­fec­tive with other ma­jor events, like the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion meet­ings Novem­ber,” Yao said.

Zhang said there have been no ar­ti­fi­cial in­ter­ven­tions to af­fect the weather in re­cent days and that the windy and sunny weather ap­peared un­der a ridge of high pres­sure since Wed­nes­day — an act of na­ture that is ex­pected to con­tinue for sev­eral days.

“But we also have dif­fer­ent emer­gency plans to cope with sud­den rain­fall, heat, gales or other bad weather that could af­fect the pa­rade,” Zhang said, adding that it’s not easy to forecast weather ac­cu­rately now be­cause the sea­sons are in tran­si­tion­from­sum­mer­toau­tumn, and con­di­tions are un­sta­ble.

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