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Publish Date: 19 May 2017
19 May 2017 - Climate change, associated extreme weather and demographic shifts means that record numbers of people are exposed to floods, heatwaves and other hazards. Improved early warning systems and more coordinated disaster risk reduction are therefore more important than ever before. To meet the growing challenges, an international conference will launch a concerted drive to improve warnings for an interlocking range of hazards and to translate these warnings into effective action on the ground.
Publish Date: 26 May 2017
Haiti’s National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (UHM) has a new headquarters – an important milestone in the drive to improve weather forecasts and warnings, and build resilience to tropical cyclones, floods and other hazards. The new building was inaugurated at a high-level ceremony on 26 May. It is constructed to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes, enabling operations to continue during extreme events when services are most needed. Solar panels will power daily activities and will provide a back-up against electricity outages.
Publish Date: 6 November 2017
WMO report highlights impacts on human safety, well-being and environment 6 November 2017 (WMO) - It is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record, with many high-impact events including catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heatwaves and drought. Long-term indicators of climate change such as increasing carbon dioxide concentrations, sea level rise and ocean acidification continue unabated. Arctic sea ice coverage remains below average and previously stable Antarctic sea ice extent was at or near a record low.
Publish Date: 16 October 2017
The Ministry of Environment, Natural Resource Conservation and Tourism of Botswana has presented an award to the Department of Meteorological Services national data-rescue team in recognition of its outstanding work on imaging and digitizing old weather records. To date the team has imaged some 40 000 documents and digitized and quality checked 500 documents. The rescue of these invaluable data will assist scientists studying long-term climate trends in the region and empower national climate services to deliver more useful information and predictions.
Publish Date: 17 October 2017
Ophelia strengthened to a category 3 at its peak on 14 October. It was the farthest east (26.6°W) an Atlantic major hurricane has existed on record and the furthest north a major hurricane has existed this late in the calendar year since 1939.
Publish Date: 1 December 2017
Investments in forecasting and research yield more accurate predictions Today marks the official end of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which matched NOAA’s seasonal predictions for being extremely active. The season produced 17 named storms of which 10 became hurricanes including six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5) – including the first two major hurricanes to hit the continental U.S. in 12 years.
Publish Date: 12 May 2017
Thanks to the HimawariCast project led by WMO and the Japan Meteorological Agency, 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific can now access vital meteorological data from the Himawari-8 satellite. The project is sending teams to each of the countries to provide technical assistance for obtaining and using the data. As presented on the side lines of this week’s meeting of the WM Executive Council, the aim is to ensure that Himawari-8 data will continue to support improved preparedness in the face of natural hazards and disasters, which are occurring with increased frequency in the region. The Himawari-...
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: 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: 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.