Our science and technology developments for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will help to deliver increasing accuracy and detail in our weather forecasts during the Games and well into the future.
As part of the services provided for London 2012, we have installed additional weather observation equipment and developed enhanced forecasting capability to support our staff. During the Olympic and Paralympic games the Met Office will also be showcasing some cutting-edge weather techniques and technology in its forecasting, as well as providing additional services for the public.
Our science and technology developments for the Olympic and Paralympic Games will help to deliver increasing accuracy and detail in our weather forecasts both during the Games and well into the future once the Games are over.
Some of the latest developments include:
The air we breathe contains small amounts of trace gases and particles which can be harmful to our health, adding the influence of heat and sunshine can make matters worse. We will be providing daily air quality index forecasts on our website for over 5000 locations out to five days providing valuable information to competing athletes and spectators alike. Read more about sport and air quality.
Increased wind and wave modelling for the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events will give our forecasters, competing sailors, organisers and safety crews a much better idea of what conditions they will find on the water. Read more about how wind and wave modelling can affect water sports.
The introduction of high resolution ensemble forecasting at 2 km for the whole of the UK can improve weather predictability through the analysis of probability. Read more about how we are harnessing technology to improve forecast accuracy for the Olympic and Paralympic games.
We have also installed additional weather observing technology to support our weather forecasts and modelling capability including Doppler radar, a new marine observing buoy in Weymouth Bay and weather stations in the Olympic Park and Eton Dorney.
See Olympics forecasts in our showcase.
Air quality forecasting is now publicly available on our website in time for the Games.
When it comes to sailing, knowing what the wind and sea are doing is everything.
Advances in high-resolution forecasting for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Improving our weather observing capability ahead of London 2012