Forecasting Trainings in Central Asia

Recently, our trainer Tomáš Púčik has participated on the World Bank project “Strengthening Early Warning of Mountain Hazards in Central Asia” by giving a course on forecasting severe convection in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Forecasters from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the course.

Púčik says that it was a very interesting experience and he enjoyed interacting with the forecasters from this part of the world.

On a related note, ESSL is planning to add Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkeminstan and Uzbekistan in the future update of ESWD. We are looking forward to start collecting more data from this region and also we hope we will be able to welcome some of the Central Asia forecasters at our Testbed activites in the future.

Trainees and their trainers in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in late October 2018.  Photo (c) World Bank


ESSL featured in EMS Message

In its latest EMS Message the European Meteorological Society introduced the ESSL to their readers. ESSL’s Director Pieter Groenemeijer provides an overview about the research as well as training and testbed activities, and he also describes the latest developments and finances.

ESSL and EMS are connected via a Memorandum of Understanding since about 10 years already. A main goal is to advertise and co-sponsor the conferences of the partner’s institution – the reason why ESSL lists the EMS Annual Meetings in its calendar of activities.

Read more here.

Registration now open for 2019 activities

Registration for most ESSL events in 2019 including the ESSL Testbed is now open. You can find an overview of our activities here.

Brandnew training courses include a specialized seminar for convective windstorms/tornadoes and specialized seminars for aviation forecasters.

As a new service we offer a pretest in the form of an online quiz for people who are unsure which seminar to attend.

Only the ECSS registration is not yet open. Conference registration will open in late autumn 2018.

Tornado (and also very large hail) close to Vienna International Airport on 10 July 2017. Photo (c) Robert Gallina. The new seminar for aviation forecasters will concentrate on probabilistic forecasting and decision making for the aviation sector applications.

ESSL Newsletter 2018/1 published

The latest ESSL Newsletter contains the following topics:

  • ESWD summary of 2017. As an example, over 16,000 reports of severe wind gusts were entered to the database last year.
  • Five new peer-reviewed publications related to ESSL research have been published recently.
  • New training events have been fixed in the past few days, including tailored events for aviation meteorology.

You can download the full newsletter here.

ESSL Testbed 2018 started

On 11 June 2018 the new edition of the ESSL Testbed started in our ESSL Research and Training Centre in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. The ESSL Testbed is fully booked out.

You can follow our activities via our daily Testbed Blog entries here.

The Tue-Fri 9 UTC weather briefings are broadcast via BlueJeans. Please follow the instructions here to join our online briefings.

Forensic research method for tornadoes presented

At least 34 fatalities in Wiener Neustadt tornado: Our ESSL paper on the research method for historical tornado cases just appeared in the EGU journal NHESS today:

Holzer, A. M., Schreiner, T. M. E., and Púčik, T.: A forensic re-analysis of one of the deadliest European tornadoes, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1555-1565,, 2018.

(open access)


Newsletter 2017-4

The last 2017 edition of our ESSL Newsletter is out. Read more about the successful ECSS2017, our new researcher Chris Castellano and the upcoming activities in 2018.

Previous ESSL Newsletters can be found here.

ESSL Research Associate Christopher Castellano

Registration for 2018 events now open

Online registration for the ESSL Testbed 2018,

for the seminars “Forecasting Severe Convection I”
and “Forecasting Severe Convection II” (this time with Prof. Paul Markowski from PSU),

for the new seminar “Forecasting Convective Precipitation and Flash Floods” (by Prof. Russ Schumacher from CSU)

as well as for the third “Workshop on Tornado and Windstorms Damage Assessment” is now open.

All events are listed here with links to the event descriptions and the registration pages. In the past year some activities were booked out already in early spring. It is therefore advisable to reserve your place as soon as possible.