Gales and high winds now feature on the World Meteorological Organization Severe Weather Information Centre Website as part of the continuing drive to improve public weather forecasts and reduce risks from natural hazards.
The gale warnings will help users around the globe to be aware of the latest high wind areas and conditions so as to take necessary precautionary measures. Winds with gale force or above (speed greater than or equal to 34 knots or 18 meters per second) cause disruption, damage and potential loss of life. The gale webpage displays the locations of gales in the past 24 hours based on reports from land stations and ships of WMO Members. It provides detailed information including the position (latitude, longitude and altitude in case of land stations), the observed wind speed and wind direction.