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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.
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).
In a world that is looking less likely to stay within 2 °C of global warming compared to the pre-industrial levels, individuals need to make choices between a range of possible actions. To do so, they require information on past, present and potential future climate conditions. On 2 June, WMO hosted a webinar exploring how climate information can enhance climate action.
On 18 May, a virtual introductory session was held for Regional Association IV (RA IV) on Aircraft-based Observations (ABO) and the WMO-IATA Collaborative AMDAR Programme (WICAP). A total of 62 participants from 18 WMO Members (17 of them from RA IV) joined the session.
WMO joined the United Nations to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June with the theme “Life and Livelihoods”. The Day’s events highlighted the wonders of the ocean and how it is our life source, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth, and emphasized what we can do to create sustainable and inclusive livelihoods for all who depend on it.
In commemoration of the 2021 World Meteorological Day theme “The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather” – translated into Gilbertese: “Te Marawa, Taaran Kanoan boong ao Kanoan te bong” – the Kiribati Meteorological Service (KMS) launched its Strategic Plan and Framework for Weather, Climate and Ocean Services and Action Plan for the period of 2021-2025.
The World Meteorological Organization held its 73rd Executive Council (EC) meeting virtually from 14 to 25 June, focusing on strengthening and scaling up weather, climate, water and environmental-related services to...