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The WMO hurricane committee announced in April that it would no longer use the name Ingrid for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic, and the name Manuel in the eastern North Pacific, because of the death and destruction both storms caused in Mexico in September 2013.
Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) aims to enable a cascading of products and services from numerical weather prediction models from global to regional to national centres, thus ensuring that the best possible information is available to national forecasters (see Cascading Process to Improve Forecasting and Warning Services, WMO Bulletin 62(2), 2013).
Most of Europe will remember the first two weeks of February 2012 as the coldest in a long time – as a matter of fact since 1985. At its origin was a dense Siberian high-pressure system with abnormally high surface pressures, on occasion reaching 1060 hPa (MSL).