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Publish Date: 22 March 2018
The very active North Atlantic hurricane season, major monsoon floods in the Indian subcontinent, and continuing severe drought in parts of east Africa contributed to 2017 being the most expensive year on record for severe weather and climate events.
Publish Date: 18 May 2018
First ever Pan-Arctic Regional Climate Outlook Forum provides predictions for summer season A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum has met for the first time to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season as part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea ice forecasts in a region undergoing rapid environmental change.
Publish Date: 26 October 2018
The unprecedented changes happening in the Arctic are impacting the fragile Arctic ecosystem and have deep impacts on the people living there. Arctic changes are also influencing the global climate system and sea level.
Publish Date: 30 July 2018
The unusually hot and dry summer in parts of the northern hemisphere has turned fields and forests into fuel for fires which are raging from the Arctic to the Mediterranean and West Coast of North America. These wildfires have caused dozens of fatalities and are devastating large regions, with far-reaching impacts for the environment, ecosystems, human health and the climate.
Publish Date: 9 July 2018
An Arctic summer special observing period is taking place from 1 July to 30 September as part of the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP). Extensive extra observations will be carried out at numerous land stations in the Arctic as part of field campaigns and expeditions, and by autonomous instruments. Numerical experimentation and internationally coordinated verification activities will use the additional observations for forecast evaluation and observational impact studies.
Publish Date: 1 August 2018
Extreme weather, including record temperatures and heatwaves, drought and disastrous precipitation, has marked the first half of summer in the northern hemisphere. This has had widespread impacts on human health, agriculture, ecosystems and infrastructure and led to devastating wildfires.
Publish Date: 7 September 2018
Europe had its warmest August on record, the third time this year (after April and May) that monthly temperatures on the continent have broken records, according to the latest data from the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts Copernicus Climate Change Service.
Publish Date: 26 September 2018
A WMO-led project to establish a functioning hydrometeorological service in Afghanistan to improve early warnings and provide accessible and accurate weather forecasts to increase resilience has “achieved more than anyone could imagine,” according to an Afghan government minister.
Publish Date: 28 September 2018
Arctic sea ice has probably reached its annual minimum for 2018, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Sea ice extent dipped to 1.77 million square miles (4.59 million square kilometers) on September 19, and again on September 23. After that, ice extent began to rise, signalling an end to the summer melt season.
Publish Date: 1 October 2018
Trami, the 24th typhoon of the year, has caused severe damage in many parts of Japan, leaving casualties and disrupting transport and energy.