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 Weather gets 3D gaming makeover

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Date posted: 23/08/2004

BBC weather forcasting is about to get a makeover in the style of VR gameworlds. Weatherscape XT, a 3D meterological software suite developed by New Zealand firm Metra, and with help from the BBC itself, is set to give a realistic-looking, pinpoint accuracy broadcast forecast.

Real-time graphics rendering straight from meterological, and predictive data, creates streaming environments that model realistic weather phenomenom, accurate to an individual area.

The weather symbols have been used for donkeys years, and we are all intimately familiar with them, but, the BBC says they're just too inaccurate, and a system that shows exactly what will hit where, is needed.

"You will see them on a map for eight hours covering 200 miles. It is pretty imprecise. "

"It thinks and works a bit like a computer game," said Colin Tregear, project director at the BBC's weather centre. "We are trying to take weather data and generate weather graphics on a 3D map that actually looks like the weather."

The system even creates topology - you feel like you're flying over the local landscape, and the presenter can fly wherever they choose, in real-time, whilst presenting the weather. Left a bit, right a bit, screaming barrel roll whilst looping, whatever they care to show.

The chief advantage of course, is that the presenter no longer has to spend ninty minutes preparing data for a ninety second broadcast - the data is available live, for their broadcast, so they can spend more time analysing data, and less formattinbg charts.

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