Organisers of the London Olympics have begun advertising for meteorologists to predict weather patterns in 2012.
Consultants will spend two years preparing for the Games by creating a detailed database on the micro-climates around more than 20 venues in London and elsewhere.
Officials hope to be able to accurately predict the weather so that they are able to arrange Olympics events accordingly, allowing them to stage them at the optimum time for athletes.
The plans are not as extreme as those adopted during last year’s Beijing Olympics, when organisers stationed more than 100 villagers outside the city to shoot silver iodide at menacing rain clouds.
Instead London 2012 organisers claim the research will so localised as to allow them to predict the chances of sun, rain and wind to within a mile of each of the 26 Olympic events.
Organisers will have to work within a strict timetable of events set by the International Olympic Committee. But they argue that by tweaking schedules by a matter of hours they will be able to avoid bad weather.
During the Games, live minute-by-minute forecasts will be fed from a command centre on or near the Olympic Park in East London to competition managers around the country.
The data will be particularly useful for events such as sailing in Weymouth, rowing in Eton or the archery at Lord’s.
Debbie Jevans, London 2012′s director of sport, told The Times: “We have a small amount of data but not nearly enough. The athletes will have trained for four years after all, so if we can avoid a storm by half an hour or an hour, we should try.”
“We hope it doesn’t pour but if it does, by knowing in advance, at least we can provide everyone with ponchos.”
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