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The Third Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET-3), hosted by Cabo Verde from 10 to 14 February, coordinated and accelerated regional efforts to strengthen resilience to severe weather hazards and adaptation to climate change.
The South Asian Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF), held from 20 to 22 April, issued a seasonal outlook ( https://goo.gl/MfnIAc ) predicting below average rainfall over large tracts of South Asia during the forthcoming summer monsoon.
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).
The Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, held in Uganda from 20 to 22 April, adopted the Kampala Declaration, which establishes the Regional Network of Farmers of Africa and South Asia (RENOFASA).