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  • WOW Y i ht!WOW You were right! By Dom Lethem

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  • WOW

    What is WOW What is WOW

    Aims for WOW

    What a great start

    Case Studies Case Studies- Feb 2012 snow event - July 2013 Lightning event

    Recent Developments

    Future plans

    Questions

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  • What is WOW?

    WOW is the Weather Observations Website WOW is the Weather Observations Website

    WOW is a worldwide system for collecting and sharing observationssharing observations.

    Operational since June 2011

    Allows weather enthusiasts to view, submit and share their own observations

    Supported by the Royal Meteorological Society and the Department for Educationp

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  • What is WOW?

    WOW site star rating is based on WMO, Met Office & COL site grading schemes

    Weather Impact recording Weather Impact recording

    Local forecast of nearest Met Office 5000 forecast site

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  • What is WOW?

    Underpinned by Google technology with an up Underpinned by Google technology with an up rate of 99.7%

    24/7 i d k t d d l 24/7 service desk to respond and resolve queries

    Meta data is recorded for each site to inform Users of accuracy

    Data can be logged by WOW from a wide range of commercially available AWSs.

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  • Aims for WOW

    Make observations data widely available

    Help to encourage the sharing of weather Help to encourage the sharing of weather observations in the UK

    Used by forecasters to add value in difficult Used by forecasters to add value in difficult situations

    E t f th E th i t C it Engagement of the Enthusiast Community

    Schools

    Weather Enthusiasts

    Leisure/General Public

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  • What a great startg

    As of the 8th September 2013:

    Over 144 million observations submittedOver 144 million observations submitted.

    3,346 observation sites created (worldwide)

    618 027 it i it 618,027 site visits

    Visitors from 182 different countries

    Around 1000 UK (2000 Worldwide) Observer Sites regularly submitting automatic weather reports

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  • What a great startg

    Nearly 100 University and college sites set up Nearly 100 University and college sites set up

    Similar number of schools set up this is a big target area in the next few yearstarget area in the next few years

    A postgraduate student (at Aston Uni) is d t ki t d f d l i il ti fundertaking a study of model assimilation of

    WOW data.

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  • UK Met Office stations

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  • WOW adds granular detail gwhilst retaining the pattern

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  • Wh t t t tWhat a great startTechnology

    wow.metoffice.gov.uk

    Good results so far withGood results so far with around 1000 automatic weather stations in the UK feeding data intoUK feeding data into WOW.

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    Snow event of 12th Feb 2012

    At glance snow depth map Snow decode

    00 Z Sun 12th Feb

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  • Network density70 auto snow depth sensors in UK land

    network

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    Significant local detail can bedetail can be added by WOW

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  • Recent WOW Developmentsp NSWWS what are we warning of?

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  • Recent WOW Developmentsp How are we verifying the impacts?

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  • Recent WOW Developmentsp

    Met Office forecasters and scientists are reviewing cases where WOW data isreviewing cases where WOW data is particularly useful

    Ch t h t lti l t b Changes to charts, multiple parameters can be viewed simultaneously

    The Met Office is currently in discussion with Bureau Of Meteorology planning a trial of an Australian version of WOWAustralian version of WOW.

    We have opened a WOW Forum.

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  • Future WOW Developmentsp

    Mobile phone reporting of weather impacts and photosphotos

    Project area on WOW

    We aim to make the site more useful for schools and teachers by use of the Education tab

    Site statistics improvements E.g. max, min p g ,mean, Monthly, annual

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  • Met Office National Archive Place of Electronic Deposit

    To provide access to the Nations memory of the p yweather held in electronic format.

    Compliments our status as a Place of Paper Deposit

    Currently in the design / consultation phase

    Using examples by other National Met Servicesg p y

    What do you think?

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  • ExamplesUse a selection tool to find data

    locations within an area

    Refine selection

    Zoomable map

    Sites are shown in table with begin/end date of dataset

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    begin/end date of dataset

    Simple user interface

  • Q ti dQuestions and answers-Feedback forms available shape your website

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  • Li D htt // t ffi kLive Demo :- http://wow.metoffice.gov.uk

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