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Publish Date: 18 February 2020
Unusual weather and climate conditions, including widespread and heavy rains since October 2019, have contributed to a serious and widespread Desert locust outbreak, which threatening rural food security across East Africa.
Publish Date: 14 February 2020
The Argentine research base, Esperanza, on the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula, set a new record temperature of 18.3°C on 6 February, beating the former record of 17.5°C on 24 March 2015, according to Argentina’s national meteorological service (SMN).
Publish Date: 10 February 2020
Since December 2019, eastern and western Japan have seen significantly above normal temperatures, and the Sea of Japan side of the country has experienced record-low snowfall. These climate extremes are attributed to weaker-than-normal southward cold air-flow to Japan’s main islands and synoptic climate conditions characterized by nonpersistence of typical winter pressure patterns around Japan. These phenomena may be attributable to a northward meandering of the subtropical jet stream over and around Japan and a persistent positive phase of the Arctic Oscillation. Read more >>
Publish Date: 10 February 2020
For the first time, forecasters from across the Caribbean have been participating in a major international atmospheric and oceanic field campaign, entitled, " Elucidating the Role of Clouds-Circulation Coupling in Climate " (EUREC 4 A). The field campaign is focused on the areas east and south of Barbados, from 20 January to 20 February 2020. Read more >>
Publish Date: 7 February 2020
The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) is going to retire Korea’s first geostationary meteorological satellite, COMS, or Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite. The COMS’ meteorological imager (MI) will be terminating its observation on 31 March 2020 at UTC 23:59. The COMS, located at 128.2 °E and operated by KMA, was launched on 26 June 2010 and started its official operation on 1 April after its 10-month in-orbit test. It was operated two years longer than its seven-year design lifespan and finally, its meteorological mission is about to reach the end-point after nine...
Publish Date: 6 February 2020
January 2020 was warmer than normal in temperatures and above-average precipitation. The mean temperature of the month was 18.1°C which is 1.1°C above the long-term normal for January. The mean maximum temperature of the month was 21.0°C which is 1.0°C above the long-term normal. The highest temperature recorded during the month was 29.2°C which occurred on the 4th January at Bahrain International Airport and goes on record as the third highest maximum temperature for January since 1946 and only exceeded by 23 rd January 1953 with a record of 31.7°C and 31 st January 2015 with a record of 29....
Publish Date: 4 February 2020
Climate action will be both a priority and a driver of world affairs through the coming decade, according to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.