Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sixteenth Session of the Forum on Regional Climate Monitoring-Assessment-Prediction for Asia (FOCRAII 2020) was held on 7 May 2020 via video conferencing. Sponsored by World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and China Meteorological Administration (CMA), co-sponsored by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and hosted by the Beijing Climate Centre (BCC), the FOCRAII aims to address long-term forecast, climate monitoring, data services and product training annually since 2005.
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On May 19, very severe cyclonic storm AMPHAN in Bay of Bengal continued to gain intensity, with the maximum wind intensity at the center registering scale 17 (58m/s, tantamount to super typhoon scale). According to the forecast of National Meteorological Center (NMC), World Meteorological Center Beijing (WMC-BJ) provided specific meteorological service the same night at the request of meteorological departments of Bangladesh. According to the forecast of NMC, AMPHAN will bring heavy rainfall to India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, and Bhutan. Torrential rain or heavy downpour will pelt northeastern India and southern Bangladesh.
April 2020, was warmer than normal in temperatures with above-average precipitation. The mean temperature of the month was 27.0°C which is 2.0°C above the long-term normal and this goes on record as the fifth-highest mean temperatures for April since 1902. This is same as April 1999 and exceeded by April 2017 with a record of 27.6°C, April 2000 & 2014 with a record of 27.4°C, April 2001 with a record of 27.2°C and April 2010 with a record of 27.1°C.
La precipitación en el mes de abril estuvo entre los 21.6 mm en la ciudad de Rivera y los 234.0 mm en la ciudad de Juan J. Castro (Flores). Los mayores acumulados se registraron principalmente sobre el litoral oeste y centro del país, básicamente sobre los departamentos de Paysandú, Río Negro y Flores. Mientras que en la región este, noreste y algunos puntos al sur del país los acumulados fueron deficitarios, principalmente sobre los departamentos de Artigas, Rivera, Cerro Largo, Treinta y Tres y Canelones. Los eventos de precipitación más importantes ocurrieron a comienzos y finales del mes, siendo los eventos entre los días 25 al 28 los más significativos.
Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA) has released the statement on the status of Tanzania climate for 2019, the official launch of the statement took place during the Tanzania Meteorological Governing Board meeting held at TMA headquarters. Addressing the audience, Dr. Agnes Kijazi, TMA Director General and third Vice President of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) mentioned that year 2019 recorded higher amount of rainfall since 1970, this is according to the records of weather and climate analysis conducted.