World Meteorological Day Celebrates World Weather Watch at 50

World Meteorological Day Celebrates World Weather Watch at 50



16 May 2013

Watching the Weather to Protect Life and Property is the theme of World Meteorological Day which also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the World Weather Watch: a symbol of global cooperation born at the height of the Cold War

The formal ceremony at WMO headquarters takes place 21 March 2013, starting at 2.30. WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud will give the welcome address. Special guest is Prof. Alan Thorpe Director-General of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF). Guest speaker is  Dr Hamadoun Touré Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Full programme

WMO will host a Scientific and Technical Forum at its headquarters in Geneva on the morning of 21 March, featuring leading experts from around the globe. The Forum provides an overview of the past successes of World Weather Watch and its evolution into the 21st century. It will highlight advances in the three pillars of World Weather Watch: coordinated observations, telecommunications and meteorological forecasts. There will be a live webcast of the Forum. Details of how to access the webcast

At the Scientific and Technical Forum, Dr K. D. Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere  and NOAA Administrator, will speak on Past, Present and Future: A Review of the World Weather Watch from NOAA's perspective. Dr Alexander Gusev, Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring will provide a historical review of the World Weather Watch from Rosshydromet’s perspective. Other guest speakers are Dr J.L. Rasmussen, former director of the World Weather Watch, Dr F. Hemmer Head of Information Technology at CERN, and Dr S. Barrell, Vice President of WMO Commission for Basic Systems and ICG chair of WMO Integrated Global Observing System. Full details of the programme

WMO Bulletin article on World Weather Watch

Both the World Meteorological Day ceremony and the Scientific and Technical Forum are open to the public and media


  • Full programme
  • World Weather Watch
  • Details of how to access the webcast
  • Full details of the programme

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