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The European Space Agency (ESA) and European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) have announced the successful launch of a new weather satellite expected to provide a major source of data for weather forecasts. Metop-B, as the bird is known, ascended on a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan's …

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Anonymous Coward

Would be great if it improved the weather forecasts.

‘Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you’re watching, don’t worry, there isn't.'

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Strictly speaking, Fish was correct. Hurricanes contain *lots* of rain - many cm in a few hours, as well as the high winds & thunderstorms. All we got in 87 was the high winds, apparently caused by a 'Sting Jet' (see Wikipedia).

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Call me Mr Pedant

Actually, Fish was wholly correct.

A hurricane is, by definition, a Tropical revolving storm; England is not in the Tropics, therefore cannot have hurricanes.

Mine's the one with the Met Observers Manual, Ta.

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