Winds of change: how to fix long-term weather forecasts

A new research project aims to accurately predict the weather up to a month in advance

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The average British person spends about four-and-a-half months of their life talking about the weather, according to a 2018 study. But the "mainstay of casual conversation" may now be under threat, said The Guardian, as researchers embark on a project designed to vastly improve the accuracy of long-term weather forecasts.

Launched by Reading University, in partnership with the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the 15-year programme  aims to identify the "minute influences" that are important to weather patterns and "uncover the limits of predictability in the real world".

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