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Publish Date: 13 December 2016
A World Meteorological Organization expert committee has established a new world record significant wave height of 19 meters (62.3 feet) measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic. The wave was recorded by an automated buoy at 0600 UTC on 4 February 2013 in the North Atlantic ocean between Iceland and the United Kingdom (approximately 59° N, 11° W). It followed the passage of a very strong cold front, which produced winds of up to 43.8 knots (50.4 miles per hour) over the area.
Publish Date: 8 November 2016
Extreme weather increasingly linked to global warming The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015 – the hottest five-year period on record - and the increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental glaciers and northern hemisphere snow cover.
Publish Date: 31 August 2016
Weather experts are meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands to discuss further improvement of forecasting and providing early warnings on severe weather such as heavy rainfall, strong winds and high waves associated with tropical cyclones and other weather events. This is organized under the WMO Severe Weather Forecast and Disaster Risk Reduction Demonstration Project (SWFDDP).
Publish Date: 25 August 2016
The Pacific Islands Education, Training and Research (PIETR) Panel commenced its one-day discussion on 24 August 2016 with the ultimate aim to improving education, training and research in the fields of meteorology, climatology, hydrology and related fields.
Publish Date: 23 March 2016
The theme of the 2016 World Meteorological Day, on 23 March, is Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future.