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Searching for allies in the meteorological community: Trieste, 12-16 Sep., 2016

Searching for allies in the meteorological community: Trieste, 12-16 Sep., 2016

Contributed by Louise Crochemore and Massimiliano Zappa As you all know, the reign of MEPEX has begun… The belligerent fools. Prospective work already carried out in the HEPEX community since 2004 has proven that we may find allies in the meteorological community that may support our cause and future collaborations. To quote Martin Best, who has more pacifist views than the McFools clan: « Firstly, we need to have a better understanding of the motivations and requirements within each community. We…

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When does a model value become an observation?

When does a model value become an observation?

Posted by @Hydrology_WSL (Massimiliano Zappa) on behalf also of @FPappenberger (Florian Pappenberger), @stagge_hydro (Jim Stagge) and @BteBrake (Bram te Brake). We acknowledge also tweets by @highlyanna (Anne Jefferson) and by @YoungHydrology. This blog post started out of the blue on October 30th 2015 after the twitter timeline of @Hydrology_WSL prompted a post by @highlyanne: She is unfortunately not the only researcher (modeler) confronted with interruption of key “observations” or “sudden changes” in the quality of the “observations” they are using….

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Real-time forecasts for your holidays in Switzerland. Keep tuned and give feedback!

Real-time forecasts for your holidays in Switzerland. Keep tuned and give feedback!

In Switzerland the 1st of June represents the unofficial start of the flash-flood season. Against this, in 2013 we selected June 1st to launch our www.drought.ch platform on early recognition of critical droughts (see this post here). At that moment, a flood situation was going on in large parts of Switzerland (see our archived forecast here), and so less attention was given to that new product of us. This year I was planning to write sometimes here a blog post…

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“The Böögg Bang Theory” – or: Traditional seasonal forecasts in Switzerland

“The Böögg Bang Theory” – or: Traditional seasonal forecasts in Switzerland

by Massimiliano Zappa, a HEPEX 2015 Guest Columnist Dear readers, when last year the Paris-based HEPEX co-chair (the one with two first names) contacted me to ask whether I could have interest in writing a couple of columns for the HEPEX site I really underestimated how much fun this could be. I never thought in my life that I would be able to combine our Kings-Cake tradition on January 6th with my daily business (see my first post here). Also…

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Choosing the right member is a piece of cake

Choosing the right member is a piece of cake

by Massimiliano Zappa, a HEPEX 2015 Guest Columnist Dear all, I was somehow convinced by the maintainers of this nice blog to make myself available as guest columnist for 2015. The task will be rather challenging since the predecessors in 2014 did a really nice job and compiled a series of interesting contributions. This convinced me to join Twitter and follow all the additional stuff emerging from @hepexorg. Back to the 2014 columns, it was quite a comprehensive and well…

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