Publish Date:
24 February 2017

Over the past 4 years the Met Office College (MOC) has built a strong collaborative relationship with the Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR), the equivalent institution within the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD). IMTR is a designated World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Regional Training Centre (RTC), for English-speaking Africa and as such is expected to provide training that supports the regions National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS’s).

The Met Office College and IMTR are collaborating on developing a Basic Instructional Package for Meteorologists (BIP-M) compliant forecasting course, in accordance with WMO Education and Training Standards in Meteorology and Hydrology. The project is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and is part of a larger project called Weather Information SErvices for East African Region (WISER).

Publish Date:
23 February 2017

The current rainfall season has seen normal to above normal rainfall for the southern half of continental Southern African Development Community region, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland. The northern and eastern part – namely Tanzania, northern Angola, northern half of DRC, north Mozambique and Madagascar.

For the February to April 2017 period, there is a high likelihood of: above-normal rainfall over Zimbabwe, most of Botswana, south of Mozambique and northern South Africa. Normal to  above normal rainfall will continue in the bulk of continental SADC, and normal to below-normal rainfall in the northern parts of the region.

Publish Date:
21 February 2017

Improvements in forecasting tropical cyclones and reducing associated hazards to life and property are being discussed at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee.

The Typhoon Committee session in Yokohama, Japan, will  examine the 2016 season with a view to strengthening operational effectiveness and disaster risk reduction in 2017 and beyond.

The Typhoon Committee. has responsibility for the Western North Pacific Ocean and South China Sea – the world’s most active tropical cyclone basin. 

Publish Date:
20 February 2017

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia (RAII) closed its four-yearly session on Thursday after discussing ways how to increase resilience to extreme weather and climate change and contribute to sustainable socio-economic development.

Abdullah Ahmed Al Mandoos, Director of the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology of the United Arab Emirates, which hosted the meeting, was unanimously elected Regional Association President for the next four years. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director-General of Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, is Vice-President.

Publish Date:
17 February 2017

The extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing, with the Arctic witnessing exceptional warmth and – as a result – record low Arctic sea ice volumes for this time of year.


Data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said that global average surface temperatures for the month of January were the third highest on record, after January 2016 and January 2007.  NOAA said that the average temperature was 0.88°C above the 20th century average of 12°C. ECMWF Copernicus said it was the second warmest.