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Publish Date: 24 December 2020
As 2020 draws to an end, it closes the warmest decade (2011-2020) on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization. This year remains on track to be one of the three warmest on record, and may even rival 2016 as the warmest on record. The six warmest years have all been since 2015.
Publish Date: 23 December 2020
WMO congratulates all the winners of its 2021 calendar competition for simply outstanding photographs showcasing the theme The Ocean, our climate and weather. More than 1 100 photographs were submitted to the competition, which has become one of WMO’s most popular fixtures. Of these, 70 photographs – in keeping with WMO’s 70th anniversary – were selected for public voting on social media.
Publish Date: 22 December 2020
David Grimes, who was WMO President from 2011 to 2019, has been recognized with one of Canada’s top civilian honours. Mr Grimes was named as a Member of the Order of Canada for his “outstanding leadership in meteorology and for his pioneering development of a global strategy on climate change and disaster-risk preparedness.”
Bulletin nº Vol 69 (2) - 2020
Publish Date: 18 November 2020
http://www.icos-cp.eu/event/917 Humanity is going through a health and a related economic crisis due to COVID-19. The impacts of the measures taken by governments are far and wide. The restrictions imposed on population mobility and commercial activities have resulted in changes in anthropogenic emissions and in the atmospheric chemical composition. These changes were especially pronounced in urban areas and observable in air pollutants as well as in greenhouse gases.
Publish Date: 21 December 2020
The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is to be restructured, building on its 40 years of successful fundamental climate research to face an era where there is an urgent need for solutions to climate challenges in order to address the impacts of climate change on society and all life on Earth.
Publish Date: 21 December 2020
From December 9 to 11, the Fifth International Training Course on Tropic Cyclone Monitoring and Forecasting was held online by the China Meteorological Administration (CMA). The training course focused on enhancing the operational capabilities of tropical cyclone forecasters from ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (TC) and Panel on Tropical Cyclones (PTC) Members. This training has enrolled 92 participants who came from Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Yemen, Qatar, Pakistan, Somali, Oman, and so on. Read more >>
Publish Date: 17 December 2020
En los últimos diez años, todos los otoños han presentado temperaturas superiores a lo normal. 2020 es, hasta mediados de diciembre, el año más cálido en España de la serie histórica. Los récords cálidos han sido 18 veces más frecuentes que los fríos a lo largo del decenio que ahora termina. En Europa se ha vivido el otoño y, muy probablemente, el año más cálido en el continente desde 1880. El invierno astronómico, que comenzará el 21 de diciembre a las 11:02 hora oficial peninsular, será probablemente más cálido de lo habitual en España, y más seco de lo normal en Canarias y la península...
Flash floods are among the most dangerous of natural hazards. They can 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 an observable causative event. The Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) was developed for interactive use by meteorological and hydrological forecasters around the world. The system provides easily accessible, quality-controlled precipitation estimates based on data gathered from weather radar, satellites, measuring instruments, and Numerical Weather Prediction models.
WMO is greatly saddened by the tragic and untimely loss of Konrad “Koni” Steffen. He was one of the world’s leading authorities on climate change and the Greenland ice sheet. He fell to his death, aged 68, in one of the many crevasses that have appeared because of melting ice.