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The first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services (IBCS-1), held in Geneva from 1 to 5 July, agreed on an operational road map for the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). IBCS-1 approved the GFCS implementation plan and the definition of processes and substructures supporting its advancement, elected the Chair and two Co-Vice-Chairs, selected the WMO Members to sit on the Management Committee of the Board and approved the compendium of initial GFCS projects for implementation.
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).