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Publish Date: 18 February 2016
The powerful 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate, according to the latest update from the World Meteorological Organization. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. Eastern and central tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures were more than 2 degrees Celsius above average in late 2015, providing evidence that the 2015-16 El Niño is one of the strongest on record, comparable with the 1997-98 and 1982-83 events. It is too early to establish conclusively whether it was...
Publish Date: 17 November 2016
17 November 2016 (Marrakech, Morocco) - African least developed countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference.
Publish Date: 13 December 2016
A World Meteorological Organization expert committee has established a new world record significant wave height of 19 meters (62.3 feet) measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic. The wave was recorded by an automated buoy at 0600 UTC on 4 February 2013 in the North Atlantic ocean between Iceland and the United Kingdom (approximately 59° N, 11° W). It followed the passage of a very strong cold front, which produced winds of up to 43.8 knots (50.4 miles per hour) over the area.
Publish Date: 4 November 2016
The Paris Agreement enters into force today, promising to energize global action under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The World Meteorological Organization and its members are committed to assisting governments to translate the Agreement’s words into reality by building climate resilience and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “Science, technology and international collaboration are the most important tools we have for creating a zero-emissions future,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “WMO will support the Paris Agreement by working with governments and...
Publish Date: 8 November 2016
Extreme weather increasingly linked to global warming The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015 – the hottest five-year period on record - and the increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental glaciers and northern hemisphere snow cover.
Publish Date: 21 December 2016
The year 2016 remains on track to be the hottest year on record, with average global temperatures set to break even the records of 2015, according to data covering the first eleven months of the year. Temperatures spiked in the early months of 2016 because of a very strong El Niño event and remained well above the long-term average for the latter part of the year according to he reports from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts.
Publish Date: 11 November 2016
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas briefed United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the state of the climate and record greenhouse gas concentrations at a meeting in New York ahead of the annual UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination Meeting on 9 November.
Publish Date: 14 November 2016
It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Publish Date: 16 December 2016
As part of WMO’s ongoing drive towards greater gender equality, the Commission for Hydrology organized a Women’s Leadership in Hydrology Workshop in Rome, Italy, 5-6 December 2016. Thirty female hydrologists from 30 countries spanning five continents participated in the two-day event ahead of the Commission for Hydrology session, gaining hands-on experience in participating in an international cooperation meeting.
Publish Date: 2 December 2016
This year, the Cape Grim Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Global Station in Tasmania marks 40 years of monitoring the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. The station, established in 1976 and operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), is Australia's principal contribution to the GAW observing network. The first set of instruments lived in an ex-NASA caravan. Today the station is housed in a permanent building that features state-of-the-art infrastructure, including a tower fitted with important monitoring equipment. Cape...