Bulletin 66(1) - 2017
MeteoWorld 1/2017





World Meteorological Day - 23 March 2017

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.

Policy Documents/ Standards

WMO publishes policy documents, technical regulations with annexes and guides for the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of Members.

Education and training

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.

Gender Equality

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 reports from the future

To find out what could lie in store, the WMO invited television weather presenters from around the world to imagine a “weather report from the year 2050.” What they created are only possible scenarios, of course, and not true forecasts. Nevertheless, they are based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet.

Weather in Art/Media

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.

The WMO Building / Conference Centre

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.