Dry run for Guangzhou

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Organisers of the 2010 Asian Games in the Chinese city of Guangzhou will use cloud seeding and other scientific measures to help eliminate the risk of rain during the event's opening and closing ceremonies. The event is scheduled to run from 12–27 November during the 'dry season' in Southern China, but organisers are keen to follow the lead of those who looked after the Beijing Olympics last year by minimising the risk of poor weather at the Games' showpiece ceremonies. Scientific rain experiments will be conducted as an emergency measure, but they are not expected to have a negative impact on the city of Guangzhou and the surrounding areas. Measurements for temperature, wind speed, wind direction, relative humidity, atmosphere pressure and precipitation will all be taken and provided every three hours during rehearsals for the opening and closing ceremonies. Forecasts for temperature, wind direction, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, precipitation and general sky conditions will also be made between three and 36 hours in advance, and released twice a day. Climate analysis will also be used to allow appropriate measures to be taken in the event of unfavourable weather conditions, as well as minimising disruption to sports, Games–related events and the Torch Relay. This analysis will include the inspection and assessment of previous weather patterns and data in the host city and co–host cities. Ongoing meteorological data and weather reports will also be undertaken during the Games and will be released via INFO2010 (the dedicated Asian Games information network) and several major communication platforms, according to a statement from the Asian Games organisers. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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