WMO commends UK's Met Office for looking from London to Rio

WMO commends UK's Met Office for looking from London to Rio



9 August 2012

Four years ago the UK's Met Office forecasters visited the Chinese Meteorological Administration to see how they successfully provided services for the Beijing Olympics. Now, as the Met Office delivers for organisers, athletes and spectators in London, representatives from Brazil's national met service are observing the teams at work to help plan for Rio 2016.

Marcia dos Santos Seabra from  Brazil's Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET) has spent time observing the Met Office forecasting operation on location at Olympic sites and at Exeter Headquarters.

She said: "This has been a great opportunity to learn more about the work the Met Office has been doing ahead of and during the Games. Seeing their cutting edge science, on-site forecasters and clear communications, I have been very impressed with how they have delivered world class forecast services for this fantastic Olympics."

"By offering climate information for all the venues to help advance planning, to utilising the latest technology to deliver the most accurate daily forecasts available, we're helping everyone stay one step ahead of the weather."

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said: "Weather and climate know no national boundaries, and this is why we need strong international cooperation. Reliable information is critical for many socio-economic activities, including sport. The 2012 Olympics have showcased detailed and accurate weather forecasts for athletes, supporters and organizers. The World Meteorological Organization commends the Met Office for sharing its scientific and technological know-how with the Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia of Brazil for the good of future Olympic Games and indeed future generations."


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