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The Physikalisch-Meteorologisches Observatorium Davos and World Radiation Centre (PMOD/WRC), a renowned reference laboratory and research institution supported by the Swiss Confederation, is looking for a Director.

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The first Coordination Meeting for SIGMET in Southeast Asia convened in Singapore at the end of March. The event, hosted by Meteorological Service Singapore, attracted representatives from the meteorological services of Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It offered an opportunity for aeronautical meteorological forecasters to come together and discuss issues related to SIGMET coordination.

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The World Weather Records database contains historical monthly climatic data from land surface stations worldwide, such as surface pressure, air temperature, precipitation amount and relative humidity. Since its first publication in 1927, the database has served as the foundation for operational climate monitoring, understanding of global and regional climate change and variability, and numerous other applications.

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Since 2007, the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) has maintained the Archive of World Weather and Climate Extremes: wmo.asu.edu. This Archive contains the official records for global and regional extremes for temperature and other weather variables.  When a new record extreme occurs, an international panel of experts evaluates the data associated with the extreme and recommends whether or not it should be included in the Archive.

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The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the US National Weather Service International Activities Office has launched a 3D-Printed Automatic Weather Station (3D-PAWS) initiative with support from the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) to expand observation networks in sparsely observed regions. The initiative aims to build capacity to reduce hydrometeorology-related risk in developing countries; observe and communicate weather and climate information to rural communities; and to...

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In early 2018, the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM) in Senegal was able to improve its weather and climate information service thanks to the installation of new studio equipment and staff training provided by the United Kingdom Voluntary Cooperation Programme (UK VCP).

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The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) provided invaluable weather support for 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. KMA trained over 40 forecasters to produce weather information customized to each stadium using a specialized forecasting system. They had high quality weather and climate data, each venue benefitting from its own high-resolution observation network. The KMA smart weather-support system provided accurate weather predictions that contributed to cost-effective rescheduling of certain sports as...

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The 5th session of the WMO/IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM-5), held in Geneva in October 2017, established a global network of National Marine Services Focal Points (here after referred to as Focal Points) with the aim of delivering improved marine services for shipping, fishing, recreational boating and coastal activities. This new network aligns with the WMO strategy to develop national capabilities and enhance Members’ status as the authoritative voice on services for mariners and coastal activities.

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WMO and the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC) organized a training course on Building Climate Services for the Energy Sector in Shanghai, China, in May, which brought together guest lecturers with in-depth knowledge of the current frontiers of the energy and climate nexus. The course was designed to foster dialogue between weather and climate experts and energy practitioners through practical exercises addressing major energy challenges in selected countries.

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A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF) met for the first time in Ottawa, Canada, from 15 to 16 May to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season. The Forum is part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea-ice forecasts in a region that is undergoing rapid environmental change.