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Publish Date: 14 February 2019
The start of 2019 has been marked by high impact weather in many parts of the world, including record heat, wildfires and rainfall in South America and Australasia, dangerous and extreme cold in North America, and heavy snowfall in the Alps and Himalayas.
Publish Date: 30 January 2019
A coordinated campaign to improve early warning systems and increase resilience to extreme weather is being rolled out in the Lake Victoria region, the largest freshwater body in Africa and the biggest inland fishery in the world. WMO provides the umbrella for the HIGH impact Weather Lake System project, known as HIGHWAY, which brings together partners including the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and UK and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. It is managed by the WMO and funded by the UK Department for International...
Publish Date: 17 January 2019
The year 2019 has started where 2018 left off – with extreme weather causing disruption, damage and loss of life. The high impact of these events – some of which are consistent from what we expect as a result of climate change - underline why extreme weather, climate change and environmental risks dominated the World Economic Forum’s annual Global Risks Perception Survey .
Publish Date: 6 November 2018
The second session of the Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF-2) was held virtually on 30 October 2018 to review the climate conditions during the previous summer season, and to provide outlook for the forthcoming winter season.
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: 12 April 2017
Geneva 12 April 2017 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Organization has issued its first annual Airborne Dust Bulletin, giving an overview of atmospheric dust levels and geographical distribution in 2016. The report is part of efforts to improve observations and warnings of sand and dust storms, which pose serious risks to the environment, human health and economy in arid and semi-Arid regions. The global average Aerosol Optical Depth – a measure of the dust burden - for 2016 was similar to previous years, according to the report, which highlighted particularly severe sand and dust storms in...
Publish Date: 11 October 2017
World Meteorological Organization initiatives to strengthen observations and predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in response to rapid climate change in the Polar regions were showcased at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas joined leading global experts at a plenary session on Observing and Responding to a Changing Arctic on the opening day of the assembly on 13 October.
Publish Date: 23 March 2018
Weather-ready climate-smart is the theme of this year’s World Meteorological Day on 23 March. It highlights the need for informed planning for day-to-day weather and hazards like floods as well as for naturally occurring climate variability and long-term climate change.
Publish Date: 30 October 2018
The World Meteorological Organization has joined the global commitment to reduce deaths due to air pollution by two thirds by 2030. At the World Health Organization’s first ever Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health , WMO pledged to strengthen the quality and availability of pollution observations, enable provision of air quality forecast and advisory services and incorporate health impacts in key scientific assessments on climate and climate change.