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The first Coordination Meeting for SIGMET in Southeast Asia convened in Singapore at the end of March. The event, hosted by Meteorological Service Singapore, attracted representatives from the meteorological services of Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. It offered an opportunity for aeronautical meteorological forecasters to come together and discuss issues related to SIGMET coordination.
WMO and the World Energy and Meteorology Council (WEMC) organized a training course on Building Climate Services for the Energy Sector in Shanghai, China, in May, which brought together guest lecturers with in-depth knowledge of the current frontiers of the energy and climate nexus. The course was designed to foster dialogue between weather and climate experts and energy practitioners through practical exercises addressing major energy challenges in selected countries.
A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF) met for the first time in Ottawa, Canada, from 15 to 16 May to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season. The Forum is part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea-ice forecasts in a region that is undergoing rapid environmental change.
The World Weather Records database contains historical monthly climatic data from land surface stations worldwide, such as surface pressure, air temperature, precipitation amount and relative humidity. Since its first publication in 1927, the database has served as the foundation for operational climate monitoring, understanding of global and regional climate change and variability, and numerous other applications.
Since 2007, the WMO Commission for Climatology (CCl) has maintained the Archive of World Weather and Climate Extremes: wmo.asu.edu. This Archive contains the official records for global and regional extremes for temperature and other weather variables. When a new record extreme occurs, an international panel of experts evaluates the data associated with the extreme and recommends whether or not it should be included in the Archive.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and the US National Weather Service International Activities Office has launched a 3D-Printed Automatic Weather Station (3D-PAWS) initiative with support from the USAID...
In early 2018, the Agence Nationale de l’Aviation Civile et de la Météorologie (ANACIM) in Senegal was able to improve its weather and climate information service thanks to the installation of new studio equipment and staff training provided by the United Kingdom Voluntary Cooperation Programme (UK VCP).
The Permanent Committee for Meteorology held a meeting at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, from 22 to 24 April to focus on developing an Arab Strategy...
The WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology (CAgM) held its quadrennial session from 18 to 20 April in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Hosted by the Korea Meteorological Administration, the focus of the session was on improving weather and climate services for farmers and the agricultural sector in order to boost food security and sustainable development. Discussions centred on balancing the food needs of a growing global population while minimizing the impact of climate change on agriculture and reducing greenhouse emissions from agriculture.