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Human activities, such as greenhouse gas emission production and land use, influenced specific extreme weather and climate events in 2014, including tropical cyclones in the central Pacific, heavy rainfall in...
Publish Date: 25 February 2016
Indonesia hosted an initial planning meeting for the Southeastern Asia-Oceania Flash Flood Guidance System to try to boost resilience against one of the deadliest natural hazards. Nineteen experts from WMO, the Hydrologic Research Center (USA) and Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Singapore attended the meeting which looked at the need for a comprehensive approach embracing an early warning system, dissemination procedures, warning protocols for populations at risk, and coordination between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and disaster management...
Publish Date: 4 January 2016
The World Meteorological Organization welcomes its new Secretary-General, Petteri Taalas, who will head the UN System's authoritative voice on weather, climate and water for the next four years. Mr Taalas, who was previously Director-General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute, succeeds Michel Jarraud, who completed three terms of office on 31 December 2015. "Weather, climate, water and related environmental conditions have a major impact on our global society and economy," says Mr Taalas. "WMO Members have to be better prepared for extreme weather events and to adapt to the changing...
Publish Date: 6 January 2016
WMO is evaluating the success of a four-year project to improve the provision and use of meteorological information and tools for farmers in West Africa where agriculture and food security is heavily dependent on the weather. The MetAgri Operational Project embraced National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and farmers and agricultural extension workers in 17 West African countries. Between 2012 and 2015, there were a total of 260 roving seminars with over 10,600 farmers. Over 4,500 rain gauges were given to farmers to teach them basic weather principles and to start to...
Publish Date: 8 January 2016
According to the World Meteorological Organization’s preliminary assessment, 2015 is likely to be the warmest year globally since records began in 1850. Over the Arctic, the minimum sea ice extent in September 2015 was the fourth lowest on record. Moreover, notable extreme weather events wreaked havoc in many parts of the world in 2015, including heatwaves in India, southern Pakistan, northern Africa, South Africa, the Middle East, southern Australia and many parts of Europe, snow storms in Boston and Worcester of the United States, drought in western North America, South Africa, Russia,...