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Publish Date: 28 July 2016
A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak. It is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La Niña of 2010-2011 and will not compare to the intensity of the El Niño event which just ended and which was one of the strongest on record, according to a new Update from the World Meteorological Organization.
Publish Date: 28 September 2016
WMO welcomes White House Arctic Science Ministerial 28 September 2016 (WMO) - Dramatic and unprecedented warming in the Arctic is driving sea level rise, affecting weather patterns around the world and may trigger even more changes in the climate system. The rate of change is challenging the current scientific capacity to monitor and predict what is becoming a journey into uncharted territory. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is therefore contributing to the first ever White House Arctic Science Ministerial which aims to increase international collaboration on Arctic science,...
Publish Date: 21 April 2016
Planet sends powerful message on Paris Agreement A prolonged run of record global temperatures and extreme weather, the rapid melting of Arctic ice, and widespread bleaching of ocean coral reefs underline the urgent need to sign and implement the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said that 2016 has so far overshadowed even the record-breaking year of 2015. “The magnitude of the changes has been a surprise even for veteran climate scientists. The state of the planet is changing before our eyes,”...
Publish Date: 21 July 2016
Geneva, 21 July 2016 (WMO) _ Global temperatures for the first six months of this year shattered yet more records, and mean that 2016 is on track to be the world’s hottest year on record.
Publish Date: 4 January 2016
The World Meteorological Organization welcomes its new Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas, who will head the UN System's authoritative voice on weather, climate and water for the next four years. Mr Taalas, who was previously Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, succeeds Michel Jarraud, who completed three terms of office on 31 December 2015. "Weather, climate, water and related environmental conditions have a major impact on our global society and economy," says Mr Taalas. "WMO Members have to be better prepared for extreme weather events and to adapt to the changing...
Publish Date: 21 March 2016
World Meteorological Day: Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future Geneva 21 March 2016 (WMO) - The year 2015 made history, with shattered temperature records, intense heatwaves, exceptional rainfall, devastating drought and unusual tropical cyclone activity, according to the World Meteorological Organization. That record-breaking trend has continued in 2016. The WMO Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015 gave details of the record land and sea surface temperatures, unabated ocean warming and sea level rise, shrinking sea ice extent, and extreme weather events around the world.
Publish Date: 25 January 2016
Geneva 25 January 2016 (WMO) - The global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, at 0.76±0.1° Celsius above the 1961-1990 average. For the first time on record, temperatures in 2015 were about 1°C above the pre-industrial era, according to a consolidated analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO combines three internationally-renowned observational datasets with those from sophisticated reanalysis systems. As such it provides the most authoritative international reference source. Arabic ( pdf ) Chinese ( pdf ) Russian...