The world’s best ski jumpers and cross-country skiers are currently gathered in Oberstdorf, Germany, at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (February 24 – March 7, 2021). However, one of the leading roles is being played by an experienced meteorologist. Joachim Schug from MeteoGroup Schweiz AG knows a thing or two about the perils awaiting the host and the athletes between mountains and valleys.
Some sports need proper wind to be fun. Sailing, for example, or windsurfing. For ski jumpers, a strong gust may make the difference not only between victory and defeat, but also between life and death. Therefore, organizing a ski jumping event is a highly responsible task. Essential support comes from professional meteorologists, who help organizers make important and often very rapid decisions. When will the wind calm down? Is a storm approaching? Do we have to postpone or even cancel the event?