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Bulletin nº Vol 56 (3) - 2007
Publish Date: 1 July 2007
The Secretary-General, Mr Michel Jarraud, recently made official visits to a number of Member countries as briefly reported below. He wishes to place on record his gratitude to those Members for the kindness and hospitality extended to him.
Publish Date: 1 October 2007
The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 was successfully launched by WMO and the International Council for Science on 1 March 2007. The fundamental concept of IPY is an intensive burst...
Publish Date: 1 October 2007
The lack of reliable, frequently updated information on the Earth’s polar ice caps is a significant problem for weather forecasting, affecting forecast skill for the entire planet. The poor numerical weather prediction (NWP) skill for the Arctic region and the Earth’s northern territories is caused primarily by errors in determining initial conditions, which depend on the quality of initial data.
Start date21 March 2017
End date24 March 2017
Location: Ushuaia, Argentina
The Session will review activities under the Observations, Research and Services frameworks of EC-PHORS, consider recommendations from the Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) Steering Group, provide further guidance to them, and...
Publish Date: 20 November 2017
The United States has launched the first of its new generation of highly advanced polar-orbiting meteorological satellites. Known as JPSS-1 (for Joint Polar Satellite System), the new satellite is the first in a series of missions that the US is contributing to the space-based component of the WMO Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) through to 2038.
Publish Date: 12 September 2017
Hurricane Irma caused devastation in low-lying Caribbean islands, made landfall in Cuba as the first category 5 hurricane since 1924 and made landfall again in Florida, USA, on 10 September as a very dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson windscale. The US National Weather Service and US National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surge, floods, tropical storm force winds, torrential rain and tornadoes as large parts of Florida were paralysed by the storm.
Publish Date: 1 September 2017
The WMO Expert Team on Climate Impacts on Tropical Cyclones has issued a statement on possible linkages between Hurricane Harvey and anthropogenic climate change. The Expert Team consists of renowned international scientists and is a working group of the WMO World Weather Research Programme.
Publish Date: 28 August 2017
Unprecedented rainfall totals from tropical cyclone Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and southeastern Louisiana, leaving dozens of casualties, displacing thousands and causing huge economic disruption. Warnings and advisories from the US National Hurricane Center and US National Weather Service were pivotal in the disaster mobilization effort. Large parts of southeast Texas saw more than 30-35 inches (762-889 mm) with isolated amounts up to 42 inches (1067 mm) of rain since 24 August. Cedar Bayou in Texas received 51.88 inches of rain (1.3 meters), according to the U....
Publish Date: 25 May 2017
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.