World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March and commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world. The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate or water-related issues.
Clouds play a pivotal role in weather forecasts and warnings. They help to drive the water cycle and the entire climate system. Throughout history, they have inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts.
Education and training is offered to assists National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in developing and delivering the weather, climate and water-related services required for the safety and well-being of their populations and to become full partners in global collaborative efforts. This work centres mainly on the development of human resources.
WMO is resolved in its efforts to achieve gender equality, empower women and build climate resilient societies. To this end, it is committed to mainstreaming gender in its governance, working structures, programmes and service delivery. It is also determined to attract more women in the fields of science and meteorology.
Weather presenters on TV and radio regularly inform us about the temperatures and other weather conditions that we feel on our skin and plan our day around. Because they know how to explain weather and climate in a useful and interesting way, WMO encourages weather presenters to also reflect climate change science in their reports.
EUscreenXL is a Europe-wide initiative that provides online access to archival material covering the social, cultural, political, environmental and economic events that have shaped the continent. Archives offer a key to comprehending the past and understanding certain phenomena, processes and behaviours – both of people and nature. For example, atmospheric scientists study archival data of past weather and climate events in order to gain insight into the behaviour of Earth’s natural elements so that they can create models to forecast future weather and climate events.
Architects Rino Brodbeck and Jacques Roulet submitted the ‘Chic Planète’ project to the WMO competition for the design of a new Headquarters in 1993. They were constrained by budgets, geography – the site is a narrow strip bound by roads and a railway between existing buildings – and the need for an efficient, energy-saving work environment that catered to the needs of its staff.