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Publish Date:
2 December 2016

 

The Atlantic, eastern Pacific and central Pacific 2016 hurricane seasons, which ended on 30 November, all were above-normal, according to the US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

For the Atlantic, this was the first above-normal season since 2012. The Atlantic saw 15 named storms during 2016, including 7 hurricanes (wind speeds of above 119 km/h). Three of these (Gaston, Matthew and Nicole) were major hurricanes of category 3 or above (wind speeds of at least 178 km/h).

 

The strongest and longest-lived storm of the season was Matthew, which reached maximum sustained surface winds of 160 miles per hour and lasted as a major hurricane for eight days from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. Matthew was the first category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin since Felix in 2007.

Publish Date:
2 December 2016

This year, the Cape Grim Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Global Station in Tasmania marks 40 years of monitoring the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere.

The station, established in 1976 and operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), is Australia's principal contribution to the GAW observing network. The first set of instruments lived in an ex-NASA caravan. Today the station is housed in a permanent building that features state-of-the-art infrastructure, including a tower fitted with important monitoring equipment.

Cape Grim’s data records of atmospheric constituents like greenhouse gases, ozone, aerosols like black carbon, mercury, acids in precipitation, and many more, improve our scientific understanding of atmospheric, environmental and climate change and the impact of human activity. 

Publish Date:
2 December 2016

Michel Jean of Canada and Jiao Meiyan of China were elected president and vice president of WMO’s Commission for Basic Systems at the Commission’s session which took place from 23– 29 November in Guangzhou, China.

Mr Jean is Director General, Canadian Centre for Meteorological and Environmental Prediction, at Environment Canada.  Ms Jiao Meiyan is Deputy Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration. They succeed Frederick Branski (USA) and Sue Barrell (Australia).

The Commission for Basic Systems oversees the development, implementation and operation of integrated systems for observing, data processing, data communication and data management. It guides the work of the World Weather Watch, Public Weather Services and WMO Space Programmes. More than 200 participants attended the session which was hosted by the China Meteorological Administration.

Publish Date:
1 December 2016

A three-day summit on water attended by more than 2,000 participants, has called for a new global political architecture to strengthen water resource cooperation and management and achieve greater water security in the face of environmental challenges, climate change, population growth and urbanization.

WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas was among UN and government leaders attending the Budapest Water Summit, which took place from 28-30 November.  WMO organized a high-level special session on climate change and water.

The conference focussed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which addresses pressing water-related issues including universal and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation, pollution, water quality, water scarcity and water use efficiency.

Publish Date:
23 November 2016

Governments meeting in Marrakesh from 7-18 November for the annual UN climate conference have adopted a major decision calling for the full implementation of a forward-looking new plan by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). GCOS is hosted and co-sponsored by the World Meteorological Organization.

“The GCOS implementation plan, ‘The Global System for Climate: Implementation Needs,’ will make a decisive contribution to international action under the Paris Agreement to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” said Carolin Richter, Director of the GCOS Secretariat.