The Hong Kong Observatory hosted the "SWIRLS Nowcasting Workshop" from 29 to 31 May 2018 to share techniques on nowcasting rainfall and severe weather with meteorologists from the Mainland and Macao. A total of 19 experts from National Meteorological Center, Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau, as well as meteorological bureaux of Shaanxi, Hainan, Shenzhen and Zhuhai participated in this workshop.
Participants briefed others on their recent development on nowcasting techniques. Mr. W.K. Wong, Mr. W.C. Woo and Mr. N.H. Chan of the Observatory delivered talks on quantitative precipitation estimates and forecasts, as well as nowcasting techniques on thunderstorms, hail and gusts. Through hands-on exercises, the participants mastered the skills to install and operate the SWIRLS nowcasting system.
Participants expressed that they benefited a lot from this workshop as it significantly deepened their knowledge of nowcasting. They were also interested in introducing the SWIRLS nowcasting system into their own services to enhance the capabilities to cope with rainstorms and severe weather.