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China aims for 15-min weather warning by 2012

By Liu Yi (People's Daily)

17:14, December 09, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The Meteorological Development Program of the 12th Five-Year Plan has made it a goal that "severe weather warning information shall be released 15 to 30 minutes in advance" in addition many other specific targets.

Other major development targets determined in the Program for the 12th Five-Year Plan period include: Weather information shall cover more than 95 percent of the public; public satisfaction toward weather service shall stay at 85 percent above; the operational efficiency of artificial rainfall (snow) shall increase 10 percent; the forecast accuracy for rain/shine or rainstorms in 24 hours shall remain at 85 percent and 22 percent, respectively; the forecast accuracy for 24-hour temperature shall reach more than 70 percent; the forecast margin of error for typhoon paths over a 24-hour period shall be reduced to less than 100 kilometers; the short-term climate prediction level shall improve 3 percent to 5 percent over the previous 10 years.

Yu Xinwen, Deputy Director General of the China Meteorological Administration, said the administration will actively promote the construction of 13 key projects, including meteorological satellite system engineering, weather radar engineering, meteorological monitoring and disaster warning, climate change solution decision-making support system engineering, meteorological monitoring and warning service engineering for torrential and geological disaster prevention, a meteorological project safeguarding the increase of 50 billion kilograms of food production capacity, and emergency warning information release system engineering in order to guarantee successful completion of two strategic tasks and achievement of major targets in the meteorological development during the 12th Five-Year Plan period.

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