Press Releases

Publish Date:
18 January 2017

29 January 2016 – The weather changed at the start of 2016: the high-pressure system Christine brought dry, cold air from Russia and Scandinavia to north-eastern Germany, whereas the south-west remained under the influence of mild, moist maritime air. Then, in the middle of the month, wintry weather with widespread continuous frost prevailed throughout the whole of Germany. A south-westerly airflow bringing exceptionally mild air again dominated during the last...

Publish Date:
18 January 2017

The year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Publish Date:
13 December 2016

A World Meteorological Organization expert committee has established a new world record significant wave height of 19 meters (62.3 feet) measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic.

 

The wave was recorded by an automated buoy at 0600 UTC on 4 February 2013 in the North Atlantic ocean between Iceland and the United Kingdom (approximately 59° N, 11° W). It followed the passage of a very strong cold front, which produced winds of up to 43.8 knots (50.4 miles per hour) over the area.

Publish Date:
17 November 2016

17 November 2016 (Marrakech, Morocco) - African least developed countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference.

Publish Date:
14 November 2016

It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).