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Publish Date: 22 March 2016
WMO joins the international community in celebrating World Water Day 22 March. The theme this year is Water and Jobs Roughly 40% of the world’s jobs are directly linked to water. Together with the jobs that depend on water indirectly, about 80% of the world’s economic activity is water related. Water is a major job creator, but at the same time, the absence of water of good quality is a major threat to jobs.
Publish Date: 23 March 2016
The theme of the 2016 World Meteorological Day, on 23 March, is Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future.
Publish Date: 11 November 2016
Hydro-climate services are essential because water lies at the heart of climate change adaptation. Improved water management will provide better adaptation possibilities in the food security, health, energy, disaster risk reduction and energy sectors.
Publish Date: 17 August 2017
On 14 August 2017, the Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) issued its first flood early warning for the country’s south and southeast regions. The following day, meteorological satellite images verified that AMD’s forecast was accurate: a devastating flood had occurred in Khost province.
Publish Date: 12 September 2017
Hurricane Irma caused devastation in low-lying Caribbean islands, made landfall in Cuba as the first category 5 hurricane since 1924 and made landfall again in Florida, USA, on 10 September as a very dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson windscale. The US National Weather Service and US National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surge, floods, tropical storm force winds, torrential rain and tornadoes as large parts of Florida were paralysed by the storm.
Publish Date: 1 September 2017
The WMO Expert Team on Climate Impacts on Tropical Cyclones has issued a statement on possible linkages between Hurricane Harvey and anthropogenic climate change. The Expert Team consists of renowned international scientists and is a working group of the WMO World Weather Research Programme.
Publish Date: 28 August 2017
Unprecedented rainfall totals from tropical cyclone Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas and southeastern Louisiana, leaving dozens of casualties, displacing thousands and causing huge economic disruption. Warnings and advisories from the US National Hurricane Center and US National Weather Service were pivotal in the disaster mobilization effort. Large parts of southeast Texas saw more than 30-35 inches (762-889 mm) with isolated amounts up to 42 inches (1067 mm) of rain since 24 August. Cedar Bayou in Texas received 51.88 inches of rain (1.3 meters), according to the U....
Publish Date: 23 August 2017
The Second Pacific Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology has reaffirmed its political will to support sustainable weather, climate, ocean and water services in the region. The meeting was held on 18 August in Honiara, Solomon Islands and attended by 18 government ministers or their representatives, and 170 participants. It was organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Government of the Solomon Islands.
Publish Date: 25 May 2017
Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.
Publish Date: 4 May 2018
Urgent action is needed to address water-related disasters which accounted for 90% of the 1,000 most severe disasters that have occurred since 1990, according to the final outcome document – Making Every Drop Count - of the High Level Panel on Water, issued in March to kick off the International Decade for Action on Water for Sustainable Development.