Aeolus' wind data blows away forecasters
Accurate measurements of temperature, pressure, humidity and wind are crucial for good weather forecasts. But, there's been a gap in the wind measurements available to forecasters for decades. Existing satellites could measure the wind speed over the sea, and above thick clouds, but nowhere else! Now, data from the European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite is plugging the gap, and has been incorporated into weather forecasting models for the first time. Megan McGregor spoke to European Space Agency mission scientist, Anne Grete Straume, to find out more.