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Publish Date: 25 June 2016
The World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Council has concluded its annual session with decisions that will strengthen support for global agreements on climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. Senior representatives of private enterprises took part in a first-ever special dialogue devoted to cooperation between the public and private sectors. The Executive Council stressed the need to maintain the role of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services as the single authoritative source of warnings and an official source of weather, climate and...
Publish Date: 3 June 2016
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has become the first UN specialized agency to formalize its relationship with the Green Climate Fund (GCF). By signing its accreditation master agreement with GCF, the WMO can now receive financial resources for climate action programmes and projects. This development represents an important milestone for both GCF and the UN system, signaling the role of the Fund in supporting international organizations to advance low-emission, carbon-resilient and adaptation programmes and projects through GCF in developing countries. Press release also available...
Publish Date: 7 June 2016
May 2016 goes on record as the fourth hottest May ever experienced in Bahrain since 1902. The mean temperature of the month was 32.0°C. This is 2.2°C above the long-term normal.The mean maximum temperature of the month was 36.6°C. The highest temperature recorded in the month was 41.7°C set on the 12 th May at Bahrain International Airport. Read more >>
Publish Date: 17 June 2016
Ms Elena Manaenkova has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General and Mr Wenjian Zhang Assistant Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization. The appointments were approved by the Executive Council. News available in Arabic , Chinese , French , Russian and Spanish .
Publish Date: 30 June 2016
The Global Framework on Climate Services (GFCS) has received a pledge of USD 1 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to strengthen climate services in the Sahel region. WMO will work in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to coordinate this initiative. More specifically, this new project will develop the capabilities of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) as a Regional Climate Center to better support Meteorological Services in the Sahel. It will also develop capacities in Burkina Faso, Niger and...
Publish Date: 24 June 2016
The Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and Météo-France (the Meteorological Service of France) have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in the Caribbean, a multilingual region that is particularly vulnerable to weather extremes and climate impacts. The signature ceremony took place on the margins of the annual meeting of the World Meteorological Organization’s Executive Council. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) provides a broad umbrella under which 191 countries and territories around the world collaborate. A missing element in the Caribbean, however, has been a...
Publish Date: 21 June 2016
Recognizing the need to sustain long-term datasets of observations relevant to climate research and services, the WMO Executive Council has decided to establish “a mechanism for WMO recognition of long-term observing stations.” Based on the concept of “Centennial Observing Stations,” the decision seeks to promote awareness of the importance of weather stations that have 100 or more years of weather observations. To qualify as Centennials, stations must satisfy an agreed list of requirements and be nominated by their Government.
Publish Date: 22 June 2016
The World Meteorological Organization has presented its top award, the IMO Prize, to Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE, chief scientist of the Met Office in the United Kingdom, for her outstanding contribution to climate science. She is the 60 th IMO laureate. The IMO Prize is the most important award in meteorology and is named after WMO’s predecessor organization the International Meteorological Organization.
Publish Date: 17 June 2016
At a ceremony held on the side-lines of the WMO Executive Council meeting in Geneva, representatives from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and WMO have signed a Memorandum on the Asia-Oceania Meteorological Satellite Users Conference (AOMSUC). The aim of the Memorandum is to maximize the use of meteorological satellites for sustainable socio-economic development. Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, who signed on behalf of WMO, applauded the agreement and noted the invaluable contribution that satellites make to monitoring typhoons, sea-...
Publish Date: 17 June 2016
Global temperature records continue to be broken in 2016. March-May (northern hemisphere spring) was the hottest such period on record, according to data just released by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NASA-GISS) and the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). May 2016 was the hottest May on record, according to NASA-GISS. JMA, which uses different measurements, ranked it a close second to May 2015. The heat has been especially pronounced in the Arctic, resulting in a very early onset of the annual melting of Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet. Snow cover in the northern...