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Publish Date: 27 May 2015
A new U.N. multi-agency Women’s Leadership Programme is being launched at the World Meteorological Congress to build on the success of the WMO Conference on the Gender Dimensions of Weather and Climate Services in November 2014. The Women’s Leadership Programme recognises the commitment of the UN System towards gender equality and the empowerment of women through activities to strengthen the role of women in diplomacy.
Publish Date: 28 May 2015
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season will likely be below-normal. NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of 6 to 11 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including zero to 2 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). The hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30. With the new hurricane season comes a new prototype storm surge watch/warning graphic from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center,...
Publish Date: 29 May 2015
Valuing Weather and Climate: Economic Assessment of Meteorological and Hydrological Services , a new publication from WMO in conjunction with the World Bank Group and the US Agency for International Development, provides an in-depth look of how to assess the socio-economic benefits of meteorological and hydrological services. It is directed at the hydrometeorological and socioeconomic research and service-provider communities, as well as officials from government and international development agencies.
Publish Date: 21 May 2015
GENEVA 21 May 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Congress meets from 25 May to 12 June with a focus on how to strengthen weather and climate services to meet the needs of a growing global population and cope with climate variability and change, extreme weather and related shocks on all socio-economic sectors. Congress takes place every four years and decides on the strategy, policies, priorities, budget and office holders of the 191-Member World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Arabic ( pdf ); Chinese ( pdf ); Russian ( pdf )
Publish Date: 8 May 2015
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has released a collection of images captured by its Himawari-8 satellite, which was launched on 7 October 2014 and is currently in the in-orbit commissioning phase. JMA’s website features comparisons of images from the current MTSAT-2 satellite and Himawari-8, and provides image animations targeting typhoons and volcanic eruptions. Visit the website to check out Himawari-8’s potential prior to the start of its operation in mid-2015. Read more
Publish Date: 21 May 2015
Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) under the on-going Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) programme has launched a special service whereby communities along the Lake Nyasa Basin will be able to obtain special marine weather forecasts and warnings for Lake Nyasa through various channels including community radios. The service was officially launched on 11th May 2015 by the District Commissioner for Kyela Dr. Thea Ntara who spoke on behalf of Mbeya Regional Commissioner Hon. Abbas Kandoro. Read more
Publish Date: 14 May 2015
The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala signals the arrival of monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and represents beginning of rainy season over the region. From 2005 onwards ESSO-India Meteorological Department (IMD) has been issuing operational forecasts for the date of monsoon onset over Kerala using an indigenously developed statistical model, which uses the following six predictors ... Read More
Publish Date: 19 May 2015
The climate change has already altered the characteristics of the Baltic Sea region, reveals a recent international study. In the continuation the global warming will increasingly affect e.g. ice cover, flooding and the habitat of the region. According to the report, the worst scenario for the Baltic Sea region is worsening eutrophication situation. The Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin (BACC II), a recently published report, takes into consideration observed climate changes for approximately the last two hundred years as well as possible changes that might occur by...
Publish Date: 23 May 2015
A new version of JMA’s Seasonal Ensemble Prediction System (JMA/MRI-CPS2) is scheduled to replace the current operational system (JMA/MRI-CPS1) in June 2015. The Seasonal Ensemble Prediction System (EPS) is used to produce three-month and warm/cold season predictions as well as for El Niño monitoring and outlook work. Changes in the new version include improved resolution and physics in the model’s atmospheric and oceanic components and the introduction of an interactive sea ice model. In the new real-time operational suite, 51-member ensemble integrations are carried out from consecutive...
Publish Date: 4 May 2015
Durante el transcurso del mes de abril de 2015 han ocurrido algunas tormentas importantes, principalmente en norte, este y parte del centro del país; dichas precipitaciones estuvieron acompañadas de fuertes vientos y ocasional de granizo en algunas localidades. En la siguiente figura se presentan los valores de precipitación acumulada en el mes de abril (mapa de la izquierda), y la anomalía de la precipitación (mapa de la derecha). Se entiende por anomalía a la diferencia entre la precipitación acumulada en el mes y su valor normal según el período 1961–1990. Leer màs