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Publish Date: 8 October 2020
The World Meteorological Organization has welcomed the announcement by the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts that hundreds of ECMWF forecast charts will become free and accessible to all.
Publish Date: 2 October 2020
Three major European meteorological institutions have joined the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to announce their support for the creation of a new Systematic Observations Financing Facility.
Publish Date: 24 September 2020
24 September celebrates World Maritime Day, with the theme for 2020 “ Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet ” providing an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Publish Date: 1 September 2020
Flash floods are among the most dangerous of all natural hazards. They are hydrometeorological phenomena with enough power to change the course of rivers, bury houses in mud, and sweep away or destroy whatever is in their path in a very short time after the observable causative event, and that is why they present a forecast challenge.
Publish Date: 14 July 2020
A global initiative to improve early warnings of flash floods – one of the deadliest natural hazards _ has advanced in South Asia, just as the region is hit by unusually heavy monsoon rains and floods. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), Regional Center of South Asia Flash Flood Guidance System, conducted an online training from 8 to 10 July 2020 for 130 forecasters from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Publish Date: 8 July 2020
The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year, according to new climate predictions issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Publish Date: 26 June 2020
WMO has issued its annual Airborne Dust Bulletin on the incidence and hazards of sand and dust storms, which have been highlighted by a massive Saharan plume which has blanketed many parts of the Caribbean.
Publish Date: 27 November 2019
An international expert task team on nowcasting has developed the WMO Guidelines for Nowcasting Techniques (WMO, 2017) to initiate a process for an enhanced integrated and seamless WMO Data-processing and Forecasting System (DPFS). Their purpose is to help National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) by providing them with information and knowledge on how to implement a nowcasting system with the resources available to them and an understanding of the current state of science and technology.
Theme: Disaster risk reduction
Publish Date: 27 November 2019
Coastal inundation occurs along vulnerable coastlines. The combination of storm surges – typically from tropical cyclones or extratropical storms – and waves, with riverine flooding at various tidal states regularly leads to major loss of life. At least 2.6 million people are estimated to have drowned due to coastal inundation caused by storm surges over the last 200 years (Dilley et al., 2005).