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Lightning is the most common weather hazard encountered in the world (Christian et al., 2003). To better understand lightning risk and improve safety, the first Symposium on Lightning and Lightning Safety Awareness was hosted jointly by the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and WMO on 19 to 20 May.
The WMO Regional Training Centre (RTC) Indonesia, hosted by the Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia (BMKG), launched the online part of a Blended Group Training on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) on 20 May. The online theory-focused first phase of the two-part course ran until 2 July.
The development and use of low-cost sensors to monitor reactive air pollutants, particulate matter and greenhouse gases is accelerating. It is a tool leveraged in academic research and regulatory surveillance and is used by individuals, governments and businesses to serve the public. In line with this growing popularity, the Statement on the Low-cost Sensors for Atmospheric Composition virtual event, organized by Global Atmosphere Watch Programme (GAW) on 16 February, launched a new report: An update on low-cost sensors for the measurement of atmospheric composition.
The WMO Global Campus virtual event on Responding to Challenges Beyond the New Normal, held online from 20 to 22 January, gathered over 175 participants to develop action plans to address COVID-19 related challenges in education and training.
India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), in its Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), has designed and tested a submerged tsunami buoy system as an alternative to conventional DART surface tsunami buoy system currently used globally. The International Tsunameter Partnership (ITP), a Task Team under the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel, has been coordinating the technological development of submerged tsunameters and has developed best practice method for its use and coordinated the sharing of water level data with NOAA National Data Buoy Center.
A two-week Training Workshop on Severe Weather and Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services for countries in West and Central Africa was held online from 25 May to 3 June. This activity of the WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Programme (SWFP) gathered more than 45 operational forecasters from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of 16 countries in the sub-regions to receive training on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) products and early warning system tools, including Impact-based Forecast and Warning Services (IBFWS).
Agriculture plays an important role in the national economy of Madagascar as well as in the household revenues and food security of a large part of its population. Thus, to improve the accuracy of its agrometeorological products, Madagascar’s Direction Générale de la Météorologie (National Meteorological Service, DGM) launched a five-year collaboration in 2017 with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Agency for International Cooperation, GIZ) and the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) for the Adaptation of Agricultural Value Chains to Climate Change (PrAda) project.
On 2 February, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) held an event in Abuja for the launch of the 2021 Seasonal Climate Prediction (SCP) to provide information on expected climate patterns in relation to the various sectors of the country. The live-streamed event was attended by state governors, several ministers and parliamentarians as well as other top government dignitaries, academics, traditional rulers, farmers and students.