Press Releases

Publish Date:
28 April 2017

There is a 50-60% chance of an El Niño event forming in middle to late 2017, according to a new Update from the World Meteorological Organization.

The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a naturally occurring phenomenon involving fluctuating ocean temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, coupled with changes in the atmosphere. It has a major influence on weather patterns in many parts of the world and has a warming impact on global air temperatures.

Publish Date:
12 April 2017

Geneva 12 April 2017 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization has issued its first annual Airborne Dust Bulletin, giving an overview of atmospheric dust levels and geographical distribution in 2016. The report is part of efforts to improve observations and warnings of sand and dust storms, which pose serious risks to the environment, human health and economy in arid and semi-Arid regions.

The global average Aerosol Optical Depth – a measure of the dust burden - for 2016 was similar to previous years, according to the report, which highlighted particularly severe sand and dust storms in Iran and China/Mongolia. It said there was no clearly-defined trend from 2003 through 2016, partly because of modelling capacity constraints and the relatively short time period since systematic observations began in 2003.

Publish Date:
3 April 2017

Top ozone experts from around the world highlighted the need for increased research and observations to inform policy on ozone and climate at a meeting sponsored by UN Environment and the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, 28 – 30 March.

The 10th Ozone Research Managers (ORM) meeting concluded that integrated earth science observation systems are essential to ensure that action to protect the ozone layer also benefits the climate, given the complex and evolving interaction between the ozone layer and the climate system.

Publish Date:
3 April 2017

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (RAIV) has held its four-yearly session with a focus on how to improve early warnings, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience.

Many countries in the region, which extends from Canada to the Caribbean, saw extreme or unusual weather including heatwaves and intense precipitation. Many are vulnerable to coastal inundation and storm surges, which are being exacerbated by climate change and associated sea level rise. There is increasing evidence that melting Arctic sea ice is affecting weather and ocean circulation in mid-latitudes

Publish Date:
22 March 2017

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its new, long-awaited, digitized International Cloud Atlas – the global reference for observing and identifying clouds, which are an essential part of weather, the climate system and the water cycle. It was released for World Meteorological Day on 23rd March.