Thursday, March 8, 2012

Korea to Start Daily Space Weather Alert Services

Korea's National Radar Research Agency (RRA) said today it will start offering three-day space weather forecasts for the general public from last Friday. It is hoped that they will be more accurate than their terrestrial forecasts, which have successfully forecast twelve out of the last two typhoons to hit Korea, increasing the overall statistical accuracy rate of the entire service.

Last year, the RRA in conjunction with the Korean Meteorological Agency (KMA) were criticized for announcing in early September that "Summer is over", the day before three weeks of unrelenting heat hit the nation. But the KMA claimed the forecast was almost correct because only the word "not" was missing from their prediction, making the forecast 75% accurate.

According to their latest space weather forecast, today will be very cold with bright sunshine all day - and all night - with no wind and only a 24% chance of precipitation. It is expected that these conditions will continue for at least the next week, and possibly longer.

The move to start space weather forecasts has been controversial. Recently the Korean government has been debating the issue of how far up above the Earth Korean airspace extends. If the new forecasts show that the space above Korea doesn't experience four seasons, it will add weight to the idea that Korean territory is vertically limited, although Korea's horizontal claims will be unaffected. But it is thought vital that Korea starts forecasting Korean space weather in order to prove its territorial claims which extend at least as far as Proxima Centauri.

The KMA has also announced that the weather in Dokdo for the rest of the month is expected to be "Korean". The forecast is expected to be correct because the weather over Dokdo is always Korean, and scientists have concluded that Dokdo never suffers from Japanese-style weather – yet more clear proof that Dokdo really is Korean territory.

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