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Publish Date: 6 February 2018
The WMO and the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) organize the WMO/ASEAN Training Workshop on Weather Radar Data Quality and Standardization in Bangkok, Thailand, from 5 to 13 February 2018. The event is hosted by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) and supported by JMA. Radar experts from 10 National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in Southeast Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam) participates in the workshop. Experts dispatched from JMA, the Chair and Vice-chair of the WMO...
Publish Date: 8 February 2018
The INFORM Global Risk Index for 2018 attributed one of Asia’s highest rankings to the Philippines. The Index is a way to understand and measure the risk of humanitarian crises and disasters, and how the conditions that lead to them affect sustainable development. The ranking of 5.2 is due, in part, to the Philippines significant exposure to severe weather events such as tropical cyclones and flooding, seismic events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunami; and the complex geography of an archipelago of 7,107 islands of which 2000 are inhabited by an estimated 106 million people....
Publish Date: 14 February 2018
3.8 degrees Celsius on average – sixth warmest January in Germany since 1881 Offenbach, 30 January 2018 – January 2018 was much too warm with copious amounts of rain. It was less sunny than usual. As in November and December 2017, low pressure sys-tems dominated the weather in January. Some of them again developed into massive storm cyclones, which brought an unusually long period of mild weather to western and southern Germany and extreme precipitation to the south-west. Only the north-east was influenced by high pressure systems at times with colder and drier air. This is what the ini-tial...
Publish Date: 2 February 2018
The Arctic Winter Special Observing Period (SOP1) of the Year of Polar Prediction* (YOPP) commenced on 1 February 2018. WMO looks forward to the extensive extra observations to be conducted by the YOPP community at numerous Arctic stations, as a part of YOPP-endorsed field campaigns, and by autonomous instruments. These observations will help to shed light on the value of different kinds of measurements for environmental prediction in the Arctic and beyond. Numerical experimentation with these observations and internationally coordinated verification activities, in particular at YOPP...
Publish Date: 16 February 2018
The Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum has issued its seasonal outlook for the forthcoming March to May period, which is an important rainfall season over the equatorial parts of the region. Drought-hit areas including Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia and western Kenya may, once again, receive depressed rainfall, with far-reaching socio-economic and humanitarian implications.
Publish Date: 21 February 2018
WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas has met with the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Yahya Ould Hademine, to agree on the preparation of a development plan for its National Meteorological and Hydrological Service.
Publish Date: 27 February 2018
WMO’s Regional Association VI (Europe) met from 7 to 9 February to agree priorities for future work, including relations with the private sector and improving strengthening disaster risk reduction.
Publish Date: 8 February 2018
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is marked on 11 February to improve access for women to technology, science education and technical training and to strengthen the position of female scientists and technologists. WMO actively encourages more women to become meteorologists, hydrologists, climate scientists and oceanographers and nurtures leadership talent through dedicated training workshops and conferences to help women break through the so-called glass ceiling. In celebration of the International day of Women and Girls in Science, WMO is publishing an interview with four...