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Climate Portal: Bringing the World’s Weather to You 天氣任意門 旅遊再也不怕帶錯衣服

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Climate Portal: Bringing the World’s Weather to You 天氣任意門 旅遊再也不怕帶錯衣服

by Daniel Howard

There’s an airport in Sweden that once brought the weather of their travelers’ destinations right to them.
瑞典的一座機場曾一度將旅客目的地的天氣帶給他們。

  Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden, is a transportation hub for the people of this northern country. From here, people begin trips to faraway places, including sandy beaches, humid jungles, and wind-blown deserts. What has made the Arlanda Airport special, however, is that travelers once had a chance to feel their destination’s weather before ever setting foot on a plane. It wasn’t magic. It was Climate Portal, and it ran for a few months in 2015.
  Climate Portal was an installation in the Arlanda Airport that was able to copy the weather as it was occurring anywhere around the world. With a combination of heaters, air conditioners, fans, and sprinklers, the Climate Portal could make the weather feel like any destination selected by a traveler waiting for his or her flight inside one of three cabins. The Climate Portal went a step further by also including a video of the destination. The system was connected to weather stations around the world via the Internet, so it could mimic almost any kind of weather in real time.
  So what was the value of Climate Portal? Of course, it was a fun and interesting way to pass the time while waiting for a flight. It was also very practical. Just reading weather data doesn’t mean very much. How cold is five degrees Celsius? How dry is that desert? How humid is that rainforest? By letting travelers experience the weather firsthand, they were able to make last minute purchases at airport shops. In the words of Yvonne Boe, communication manager at the Arlanda Airport, "It’s also a preview of where you’re going. So you know if you need to get that warm sweater or an extra pair of sunglasses before boarding." It must have been fun to start a trip before even stepping on a plane.

1. What was Climate Portal’s purpose?
(A) To teach travelers about weather patterns.
(B) To let people experience the weather in other locations.
(C) To connect travelers with their families.
(D) To help people who are afraid of flying.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
2. Which of the following systems was NOT included in the Climate Portal?
(A) Video.
(B) Sprinklers.
(C) Air conditioners.
(D) Online chats with local people.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
3. What is true about Climate Portal?
(A) The weather it produced was similar to that of where people were headed.
(B) Travelers could change the weather to be more comfortable.
(C) Videos ran advertisements for airport shops.
(D) It only provided samples of good weather.
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
4. What was the practical value of Climate Portal?
(A) Parents used it to teach children about distant places.
(B) Fewer people complained about the wait for flights.
(C) It allowed travelers to make last-minute preparations.
(D) Travelers’ bodies adjusted to the weather at their destinations sooner.


 

hub n. 樞紐;中心
faraway a. 遙遠的
heater n. 暖氣機
sprinkler n. 灑水器
cabin n. 機艙;船艙
data n. 數據,資料
pattern n. 型態

  1. set foot on…  踏上……
    It was in 1930 that the exploration team set foot on that island.
    該探險隊是在 1930 年踏上那座島的。
  2. be connected to…  與……連接
    The stereo is connected to the television through a series of colored wires.
    這臺音響用一連串五顏六色的電線和電視連接在一起。
  3. pass (the) time  打發時間
    同: kill time
    Jack always goes to bookstores to pass the time on weekends.
    傑克週末時總是去書店打發時間。
    Tom won’t be home for another hour. Meanwhile, let’s play chess to kill time.
    湯姆要再一個小時才會回家。在此同時,我們來下西洋棋殺時間吧。
  4. adjust to…  適應於……
    Brought up in the country, Irene finds it hard to adjust to city life.
    艾琳在鄉下長大,她發現自己很難適應都市生活。

Of course, it was a fun and interesting way to pass the time while waiting for a flight.
注意
fun 作為形容詞時置於名詞前修飾,表『有趣的』或『好玩的』,作名詞用時則表『樂趣』,不能用 very 修飾,需用 much 或 a lot of 修飾;而 funny 是形容詞,意為『好笑的』或『奇怪的』。
I like fun activities such as skiing and surfing.
我喜歡有趣的運動,例如滑雪和衝浪。
It was a great party, and everybody had a lot of fun.
這是個很棒的派對,大家都玩得很開心。
Jason is the funniest guy I’ve ever met.
傑森是我遇過最好笑的男生。

  1. portal n. 入口;大門
  2. destination n. 目的地
    Johnny was wandering around town without a specific destination in mind.
    強尼漫無目的地在市區閒晃。
  3. installation n. 設置;安裝
    The installation of the new motor in your car will take several hours.
    把這臺新的馬達裝到你車上得花好幾個小時。
  4. occur vi. 發生
    衍: It occurred to sb + that 子句   某人突然想到……
    Eric was passing by when the bank robbery occurred.
    這起銀行搶案發生時,艾瑞克正好經過。
    As it was raining, it occurred to Judy that she had left her bedroom window open.
    下雨時,茱蒂突然想到她的臥室窗戶沒關上。
  5. combination n. 結合,組合
    衍: combine vt. 結合
    combine A with B  結合 A 和 B
    The accident was caused by a combination of errors.
    許多錯誤的結合導致了這個意外。
    Combining a healthy diet with daily exercise is a good way to stay fit.
    結合健康飲食和每天運動是保持健美的好方法。
  6. select vt. 選擇
    Sarah selected a pink dress to wear to her friend’s wedding.
    莎拉挑了一件粉紅色的洋裝穿去參加朋友的婚禮。
  7. mimic vt. 模仿
    The child mimicked her father and pretended to smoke a pencil.
    那小孩模仿她爸爸,拿鉛筆裝成菸來抽。
  8. value n. 價值
    衍: be of great value  很有價值的
    The painting is of great value because it is one of the artist’s best works.
    這幅畫價值非凡,因為這是那位藝術家最好的作品之一。
  9. practical a. 實際的;實行的
    反: impractical a. 不切實際的
    The plan was interesting, but it had many practical problems.
    這個計劃很有趣,但它有許多實行上的問題。
    Mandy’s proposal was rejected because it was quite impractical.
    曼蒂的提案因為太不切實際而被拒絕了。
  10. firsthand adv. 親身地;直接地
    Harry knew firsthand how this software worked because he helped design it.
    哈利搶先知道這套軟體如何運作,因為他有參與設計。
  11. purchase n. & vt. 購買
    In my view, the purchase of that old building is not worth it.
    在我看來,購買那棟舊大樓很不值得。
    The washing machine was incredibly expensive, so Karen didn’t purchase it.
    那臺洗衣機貴得離譜,所以凱倫沒有買。
  12. preview n. & vt. 試映;預習
    The preview of the film has met with great success.
    這部電影的試映非常成功。
    Our English teacher asked us to preview the first lesson before our next class.
    我們的英文老師要我們在下一堂課前先預習第一課。
  13. distant a. 遙遠的
    My family is my top priority in life. Everything else is a distant second.
    家庭是我生命中的第一優先。其他一切都遠遠次之。

天氣任意門 旅遊再也不怕帶錯衣服
瑞典的一座機場曾一度將旅客目的地的天氣帶給他們。
  瑞典斯德哥爾摩的阿蘭達機場是這個北方國家人民的交通樞紐。從這裡,人們啟程到遙遠的地方,包括沙灘海域、潮濕叢林和颳風沙漠。不過,阿蘭達機場之所以特別的原因是它一度讓旅客在還沒登機前就有機會感受到目的地的天氣。這不是魔術。這是在 2015 年營運了幾個月的天氣任意門。
  天氣任意門是設在阿蘭達機場的一項裝置,能夠模仿世界各地正在發生的天氣。天氣任意門結合了暖氣、冷氣、風扇和灑水器,可以模擬在三個隔間之一中等待班機的旅客所選擇的任何目的地的天氣。天氣任意門更進一步的服務是它還包含了目的地的影片。這套系統透過網路連接世界各地的氣象局,才能即時仿效出幾乎任何天氣。
所以天氣任意門到底有什麼價值呢?想當然耳,它是在等待班機之際打發時間既好玩又有趣的一種方式。而且它還很實用。光是看氣象數據並沒有什麼用。攝氏五度到底有多冷?那座沙漠到底有多乾燥?那座熱帶雨林又有多潮濕呢?藉由讓旅客親身體驗當地的天氣,他們也可以在機場商店進行最後一刻的採購。阿蘭德機場的通訊經理伊馮娜•博說道:『這也是在預告你即將要去的地方。你會在登機前知道是否該多帶一件保暖毛衣或是多買一副太陽眼鏡。』還沒登上飛機就開始旅行一定相當好玩。

1. 下列何者是天氣任意門的目的?
(A) 教導旅客天氣型態。
(B) 讓人們體驗其他地方的天氣。
(C) 讓旅客與他們的家人互相聯繫。
(D) 幫助害怕坐飛機的人。
題解:根據本文第一段,阿蘭達機場之所以特別的原因是它一度讓旅客在還沒登機前就有機會感受到目的地的天氣,故 (B) 項應為正選。
2. 下列哪一項系統不包含在天氣任意門內?
(A) 影片放映。
(B) 灑水裝置。
(C) 空調系統。
(D) 和當地人線上聊天。
題解:根據本文第二段,天氣任意門結合了暖氣、冷氣、風扇和灑水器,更進一步的服務是它還包含了目的地的影片,僅 (D) 項未被提及,故為正選。
3. 關於天氣任意門,下列何者為真?
(A) 模擬的天氣和人們要前往之處的天氣相似。
(B) 旅客可以切換到較舒適的天氣。
(C) 影片為機場商店打廣告。
(D) 它僅提供好天氣的樣本。
題解:根據本文第二段,這套系統透過網路連接世界各地的氣象局,才能即時仿效出幾乎任何天氣,故 (A) 項應為正選。
4. 下列何者為天氣任意門的實際效益?
(A) 父母用它來教導孩童遙遠的地方。
(B) 較少人抱怨等待班機。
(C) 它讓旅客得以做好最後的準備。
(D) 旅客的身體能較快適應目的地的天氣。
題解:根據本文最後一段,藉由讓旅客親身體驗當地的天氣,他們也可以在機場商店進行最後一刻的採購,故 (C) 項應為正選。

答案:1. B 2. D 3. A 4. C

 
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