Publish Date:
23 May 2017

A major initiative to improve the generation and use of early warnings against extreme weather, earthquakes and a cascading range of hazards has been launched with a powerful plea from a tsunami survivor to build more resilient societies.


Petra Nemcova, a model, lost her partner in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami  and survived with serious injuries by holding on to a tree for 8 hours, recalled the agony of hearing children cry for help and then fall silent as they were swept away by the waters. Her Happy Hearts Foundation has since opened 162 schools in 10 countries to help children who lost families and homes to disasters.


Publish Date:
22 May 2017

The World Meteorological Organization honoured Professor Gordon McBean of Western University Ontario, Canada, and President, International Council for Science, with the sixty-second IMO Prize on 16 May 2017 for his outstanding work in meteorology and climatology and his leadership as a scientific researcher.

The IMO Prize is the most important award in meteorology. Established in 1955 and named after the predecessor of the WMO, the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), it is awarded every year by WMO Executive Council to individuals in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of meteorology, hydrology, climatology or related fields.

Publish Date:
19 May 2017

The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook  for the important June to September 2017 rainfall season indicates increased likelihood of near normal rainfall over most of the northern parts of the region. Some areas including northern Ethiopia, parts of the Sudan, South Sudan, parts of Uganda and western Kenya are likely to have above normal rainfall.  

Publish Date:
17 May 2017

The World Meteorological Organization has presented its top award, the IMO Prize, to Professor Zeng Qingcun  (China), a famous academic meteorologist who is a pioneer of numerical weather prediction, dynamic climate prediction, remote sensing theory for meteorological satellites and visionary research on global climate and environmental change.


Publish Date:
16 May 2017

WMO has signed a letter of intent with the China Meteorological Administration to promote regional cooperation on the Silk Road and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative.