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Publish Date: 20 July 2015
The Third Pacific Meteorological Council opened in the Kingdom of Tonga today bringing together over 100 Pacific Met Directors, partners and stakeholders to strengthen the path ahead for Pacific Meteorology...
Publish Date: 16 July 2015
The Himawari-8 geostationary meteorological satellite managed by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) began operation at 02 UTC on 7 July 2015, replacing the previous MTSAT-2 operational satellite. The true-color composite...
Publish Date: 27 November 2015
Radio frequencies which are vital for weather forecasts, disaster warnings and climate monitoring will remain available to the meteorological community and protected from interference from other applications thanks to decisions taken by the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today welcomed the outcome of WRC-15, which revised and updated the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum. The month-long conference is sponsored by the International Telecommunications Union and takes place...
Publish Date: 16 November 2015
A mature and strong El Niño event, which is contributing to extreme weather patterns, is expected to strengthen further by the end of the year, according to the latest Update from the World Meteorological Organization. Peak three-month average surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean will exceed 2 degrees Celsius above normal, placing this El Niño event among the three strongest since 1950. (Strong previous El Niños were in 1972-73, 1982-83 and 1997-98).
Publish Date: 25 November 2015
Climate Change Breaches Symbolic Thresholds, Fuels Extreme Weather Geneva 25 November 2015 (WMO) The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The years 2011-2015 have been the warmest five-year period on record, with many extreme weather events - especially heatwaves - influenced by climate change, according to a WMO...
Publish Date: 20 July 2015
As an archipelago in Western North Pacific, the Philippines is exposed to tropical cyclones of varying intensity and impacts at an average frequency of 20 tropical cyclones a year. To...
Publish Date: 2 June 2015
The World Meteorological Organization, African Development Bank and World Bank Group today launched an initiative to support the modernization and strengthening of Sub-Saharan African meteorological and hydrological services. These services are key to strengthening resilience to extreme weather events and enabling economic development. Entitled, ‘ Strengthening Climate and Disaster Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa’ , this initiative is a direct response to the anticipated adverse impacts from climate change, including food insecurity, which pose severe risks to growth and development across...
Publish Date: 12 June 2015
GENEVA 12 June 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization’s quadrennial Congress ended today, with the adoption of a new strategic plan, and related budget as well as the appointment of a new Secretary-General. The strategic plan sets out priorities for the post 2015 global agenda. These include disaster risk reduction; climate services to help climate change adaptation and sustainable development; capacity development; polar and high mountain region research and monitoring; and strengthened observing and information systems. It also envisages a more cross-cutting urban focus and...
Publish Date: 24 June 2015
GENEVA 24 JUNE, 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization has honoured Professor Dame Julia Slingo DBE, chief scientist of the Met Office in the United Kingdom, with the prestigious IMO Prize for her outstanding work in meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related sciences.