Around the World

Around the World

Every year, WMO Members around the world organize local and country-wide celebrations of World Meteorological Day. This year, the theme of “Understanding Clouds”, together with the launch of the new edition of the International Cloud Atlas (the first update in 30 years), sparked the imagination of the general public and attracted a new generation of amateur cloud enthusiasts. A small sampling of some of the activities can be found below. The footage of the World Meteorological Day celebration held at WMO headquarters on 23 March in Geneva, Switzerland can be found here. A video summary of the two hour ceremony can be found below. 



World Meteorological Day was celebrated in Algeria on 22 and 23 March in conjunction with the second meeting of the Arab Meteorological and Information Committee of the League of Arab States at the headquarters of the National Meteorological Bureau. Read more here and here.







The National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (SMN Argentina) received a huge response to its social media campaign inviting followers to share photos of clouds. Dr. Luciano Vidal of the Research and Development area of the SMN offers a short explantory video about clouds. Watch it here.


















The Bureau of Meteorology organized a lively Facebook Q&A session so cloud experts could answer questions from the public. ABC News Breakfast explored BOM offices as part of its popular morning show. Watch the video here. BOM also hosted a ceremony with members of the International Cloud Atlas task team. 




UNEMET celebrated World Meteorological Day by publishing its trilingual 2017 Calendar, which contains the main Brazilian commemorative dates in meteorology. Take a look at the calendar here.








Brunei Darussalam









The Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD) held a ceremony at the arrival hall of the Brunei International Airport. This coincied with the BDMD launch of "Nubivagant", which means "Wandering through clouds", the first coffee-table book produced by BDMD. The ceremony also included an exhibition showcasing educational information on clouds. Read more...



Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna sent a World Met Day video message praising the contribution of meteorologists to public safety and wellbeing. Last year alone, the team at Environment and Climate Change Canada issued 1.5 million weather forecasts, over 15 000 severe weather warnings, 500 000 aviation forecasts and 200 000 marine, ice and sea-state forecasts. 









The China Meteorological Administration (CMA) opened its doors to the public to celebrate World Meteorological Day with many events throughout the country. CMA organized photo competitions, childrens paintings competitions and set up a dedicated World Meteorological Day website. CMA promoted the "China Meteorological Encyclopedia", the first special encyclopedia about China's meteorological development, scientific progress and business characteristics. Many of the encyclopedias were donated to research institutions, universities and middle schools. Read more...








The Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) International Meteorological Student Association partnered with the College of Atmospheric Science Graduate Student Union organized a range of activities, including a round table seminar with a delegation from WMO office and presentations from university students. Read more here, here and here




The Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) partnered with the Department of Geophysics, Faculty of Science in Zagreb and the Croatian Meteorological Society to celebrate World Meteorological Day, World Water Day and the 70th anniversary of DHMZ at the Kras Congress Centre in Zagreb on 23 March. DHMZ employees held interactive presentations about meteorology and hydrology at selected schools and nursery schools in and around Zagreb for their students. DHMZ also prepared a press release, promotional materials including a booklet with WMO cloud guide and aids, a posterpublication reviews and translations of WMO materials. See an overview of the ceremony in Zagreb together with all speaker presentations here, and a photo gallery here








The Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) organized a celebration under the care of the Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy. The event highlighted the International Cloud Atlas, EMA achievements during the past year, and the improved efficiency and accuracy of weather forecasts due to the efforts of the technicians and employees of the General Meteorological Authority. Read more...




Estonia National Meteorological and Hydrological Service held a ceremony at its headquarters. Participants included Kairo Kiitsak, a winner of WMO's 2017 cloud calendar competition. 











The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) published a blog by Dr Oliver Sievers of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) with details of a day in the life on the Research Vessel Polarstern while heading north off the coast of Argentina.





Also check out coverage from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMFW) here.



Hong Kong Observatory










The Hong Kong Observatory held an Open Day on 25 and 26 March with nearly 14 000 attendents. The Open Day exhibition at the Observatory Headquarters focused on the new web-based version of the "International Cloud Atlas" (ICA) developed by the Observatory on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization ( Nearly 60 photos taken by members of the public in Hong Kong including Observatory staff and adopted by ICA were on display. Read more here and watch a short video of the Open Day here. Hong Kong Observatory director C.M. Shun gave a video presentation to the WMO ceremony in Geneva. 




The India Meteorological Centre held outreach events throughout the country, including at the Meteorological Centre Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.

















The Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika, BMKG) held an official ceremony and outreach events throughout the country. BMKG also held a photography competition with the theme "Understanding Indonesian Clouds". BMKG received more than 4 000 photographs and selected the best 12. Take a look at the winning photographs here. 




The Iraq National Meteorological and Hydrological Service held a ceremony at its headquarters and baked a special World Meteorological Day cake. 








The General Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology (GDMS) of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region opened a special exhibition of cloud photography, which also included a portable automatic weather station and classical meteorological instruments. The exhibition was opened by Mr. Nawzad Hadi, Governor of Erbil; in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr. Mawlud Bawamurad; the Minister of Municipalities, Miss Nawroz Maulud Muhamedamen; the official speaker of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, Mr. Safeen Dzayee; and a large number of officials. Video here









In Kuwait, the Department of Meteorology organized an exhibit celebrating clouds and the launch of the new edition of the Atlas.











In Mali, the National Agency of Meteorology invited meteorologists to develop reliable products and services for climate change. Read more...




The Comisión Nacional del Agua Servico Meteorológico Nacional (CONAGUA) held outreach events and social media activities. World Meteorological Day was well covered by national news organizations herehere, and here. Watch more news coverage here.







New Zealand













In New Zealand, MetService and MetraWeather promoted World Meteorological Day via a blog, Facebook, a LinkedIn post and an Instagram photo competition. Competition entries were showcased on the MetService website’s World Meteorological Day social photo gallery. Look at the photos here.



Republic of Uzbekistan

The Centre of Hydrometeorological Service (Uzhydromet) participated in World Meteorological Day. Read more...


South Africa

As part of its World Meteorological Day celebrations, the South African Weather Service developed and released a new Climate Change Reference Atlas. Read more...



The State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET) celebrated World Meteorological Day at its headquarters and in all its regional delegations, with many social media activities. Check out their website here. It also received widespread coverage in the media. Read more...






The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Ubran Development held a celebration for World Meteorological Day along with the Sudanese Meteorological Society.  Read more...








The National Institute of Meteorology of Tunisia opened its doors to the public and organized an exhibition of meteorological equipment and machines, weather forecasting models, and seismic monitoring and astronomy. Read more...


United Kingdom
















The Met Office coordinated a very succesful media and social media campaign, including sponsoring Cloud Week. Check out some of the helpful cloud graphics and photos promoted by the Met Office on Twitter here and see more photos collected by the Met Office here.


The World Bank

The World Bank noted in its article published on World Meteorological Day that "hydromet hayards are responsibile for 90% of total disaster losses worldwide" and "better weather and climate forecasting present enormous opportunities". The World Bank is working with countries around the world to help build resilience to the growing economic, environmental, and social challenges of today. In particular, the World Bank/WMO Africa Regional Hydromet Program helps support climate-resilient development.