Offenbach (dpa) – The German Weather Service wants to provide even more precise weather forecasts in the future and, above all, optimize the level forecasts for flash floods. “Especially for the flash floods, we have a project called Sinfony quite advanced,” said the head of the DWD’s forecast and advice center, Franz-Josef Molé, on Wednesday on WDR5 “Morgenecho”.
According to the DWD, the two previous methods of current radar measurements and model forecasts should be better coordinated over the next two years. Current heavy rain forecasts could in future also be used well for level forecasts for the next three hours. “This of course significantly increases the advance warning time for citizens,” said Molé just a week after the severe weather disaster in western Germany.
At the same time, the expert emphasized to the dpa: “The level forecasts were very good last week and warnings of a catastrophe were made.” The meteorologists themselves had no idea “that the effects would be so extreme,” said Molé in the WDR. “We ourselves were appalled by the number of dead that were reported. Unimaginable.” And: “That was an unprecedented event.”
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