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Don't miss: From art to science:
Lecture explores history of weather forecasting

The history of weather forecasting is a story of observational, scientific and operational breakthroughs that have moved weather and climate prediction from an art to a well-recognized science.

Louis Uccellini will present the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Nelson W. Spencer Lecture: Advancing Operational Prediction of Weather and Climate Variability from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Boeing Auditorium Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building.

Uccellini is director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), National Weather Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The NCEP has occupied an important place in the history of weather and climate forecasting and now plays a significant role in the current forecast process.

This lecture will discuss this historic role and illustrate the progress of prediction with a review of recent extreme weather and climate events. Additionally, the substantial contribution that satellite data has made towards building a global observing system vital to accurate and reliable operational weather and climate prediction will be highlighted.

The future holds even more challenges as available satellite data multiplies exponentially, and new and more efficient ways of computing come on the scene. New demands placed on distribution methods and new requirements for decision support information will also be reviewed as part of the end-to-end system, from observations to service delivery.

There will be a reception following the lecture in the FXB Atrium.

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