The meteorological department must make sure of the extreme
accuracy of weather forecast during the Beijing Olympics next year, a meteorological
expert has said.
Li Zechun, an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering,
said the weather forecast during the Games will tell people when
and where rain is to happen, while vague words like the rainfall
probability are absolutely banned.
Li Zechun told to students who visit a lab under the National
Meteorological Center on Saturday that the Olympic weather forecast
are required to be worked out three days in advance and updated
every three hours.
The normal report is released every 24 hours, he explained.
The academician also said the wet season in the city during
which the Olympiad is held will bring many difficulties to the
According to statistics in past years, Beijing would on average
see a rainfall in three days in August. One fourth is
The meteorological department should take artificial storm
suppression before the storm comes, he said, however, the city
never carried out such practice for the lack of water.
(CRI May 21, 2007)