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Publish Date: 16 February 2017
Current Situation and Outlook During the second half of 2016, tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures were at borderline weak La Niña/cool-neutral levels. Many atmospheric ENSO indicators also approached or exceeded...
Publish Date: 13 February 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia is holding its four-yearly session, amid warnings that the region – which stretches from the Arctic to the Equator over the Himalayas down into low lying coastal areas– needs to do more to prepare for extreme weather, climate change and water shocks. “Asia continues to be the most disaster prone region. South Asia accounted for a staggering 64 percent of total global fatalities. South East Asia is also another major disaster prone sub-region,” said outgoing Regional Association for Asia President, Abdulla Mohammed Al...
Publish Date: 10 February 2017
Climate change, environmental degradation, population growth and urbanization are putting pressure on water supplies in many parts of the Asian region, and exposure to extreme weather and other hazards is increasing. The World Meteorological Organization’s Regional Association for Asia, which holds its four-yearly conference from 12-16 February, will consider how to meet these challenges. The meeting, hosted by the Government of the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, will focus on how to strengthen weather, climate, water and environmental services to keep pace with rapidly evolving needs.
Publish Date: 15 February 2017
Tropical Cyclone Dineo hit the Inhambane province of Mozambique on Wednesday 15 February, with high winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge. Dineo, the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall in the town of Inhambane at around 1630 GMT, according to initial reports. It is the, first cyclone to hit the province of Inhambane since Favio caused destruction in February 2007 and the first to hit the town itself for more than 30 years. In 2008, intense tropical cyclone Jokwe made landfall higher up the coast of Mozambique.
Publish Date: 17 February 2017
Many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa are expected to receive below average rainfall in the important March to May rainy season, worsening food security and water availability in countries already seriously hit by drought, according to a new seasonal outlook issued by the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum. “What makes the current drought alarming in the Equatorial Greater Horn of Africa region is that it follows two consecutive poor rainfall seasons in 2016, and the likelihood of depressed rainfall persisting into the March-May 2017 rainfall season remains high,” said the...
Publish Date: 17 February 2017
The extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing, with the Arctic witnessing exceptional warmth and – as a result – record low Arctic sea ice volumes for this time of year. Data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said that global average surface temperatures for the month of January were the third highest on record, after January 2016 and January 2007. NOAA said that the average temperature was 0.88°C above the 20 th century average of 12°C. ECMWF Copernicus said it was the second warmest.
Publish Date: 21 February 2017
Improvements in forecasting tropical cyclones and reducing associated hazards to life and property are being discussed at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee. The Typhoon Committee session in Yokohama, Japan, will examine the 2016 season with a view to strengthening operational effectiveness and disaster risk reduction in 2017 and beyond. The Typhoon Committee. has responsibility for the Western North Pacific Ocean and South China Sea – the world’s most active...
Publish Date: 23 February 2017
The current rainfall season has seen normal to above normal rainfall for the southern half of continental Southern African Development Community region, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland. The northern and eastern part – namely Tanzania, northern Angola, northern half of DRC, north Mozambique and Madagascar. For the February to April 2017 period, there is a high likelihood of: above-normal rainfall over Zimbabwe, most of Botswana, south of Mozambique and northern South Africa. Normal to above normal...
Publish Date: 27 February 2017
A new collection of case studies from the Pacific islands illustrates the value of climate services to support decision-making and how to ensure the information reaches the last mile to end users. Pacific Islands Meteorological Services: a Compendium of Climate Services Case Studies shows how improved national meteorological and hydrological services can build climate and disaster-ready communities in a region which is vulnerable to extreme weather and climate change.
Publish Date: 1 February 2017
EUMETSAT has produced an animation that summarises the status of sea ice concentration in the Arctic and Antarctic regions for the whole of 2016 and shows how polar sea ice changed during the year. During the animation it is possible to see how sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic expanding and shrinking over the course of the year, and how weather patterns and storms influenced the movement of the ice floes around the poles. The EUMETSAT Science Blog article explains more: bit.ly/2jNfRRr The data used to generate this visualisation were the Daily Global Northern / Southern Hemisphere...