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Publish Date: 27 April 2017
Normal rainfall is most likely during the 2017 Southwest monsoon season (June – September) over much of South Asia, according to the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum held in Bhutan 24-26 April. The outlook was developed through an expert assessment of various observed and emerging climatic features that influence the monsoon, including the El Niño~Southern Oscillation (ENSO). The Southwest monsoon accounts for 70-80 percent of annual rainfall in most countries of South Asia. It is a key driver of socio-economic development and well-being in the world’s most densely-populated region which is...
Publish Date: 26 April 2017
A new report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) on Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic highlights the rapid and widespread changes in the Arctic’s sensitive climate systems mostly due to rising concentrations of greenhouse gases. One of the key findings of the report by AMAP, which is one of the six working groups of the Arctic Council, is that “the Arctic’s climate is shifting to a new state.”
Publish Date: 25 April 2017
Significant progress has been made over the past decade in improving understanding of droughts and their impacts. However, several questions remain, including the real costs to a country’s economy, and whether the price of preparing for droughts is worth it. A new study released by the World Meteorological Organization and Global Water Partnership seeks to answer these questions.
Publish Date: 25 April 2017
The Pacific Community (SPC) remains committed to assist Pacific Island countries with strengthening their early warning systems and weather forecasting mechanisms for sustainable development. As part of this effort, SPC is developing a coastal inundation forecasting tool for the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project (CIFPD) in Fiji.This tool will be demonstrated in the Coral Coast before being replicated in other areas within Fiji including the Nadi River catchment.This project has been established at the request of the Fiji...
Publish Date: 20 April 2017
A nightmare scenario for any community is to be taken by surprise in the middle of the night by a sudden disaster such as the mudslide that swept away hundreds of lives earlier this month in the Amazonian town of Mocoa in Putamayo, Colombia. Heavy rain over a three-hour period combined with deforestation and unstable soils to reveal once more that human decisions often interact with extreme weather events to create disasters.
Publish Date: 4 April 2017
Heavy rainfall has caused devastating flood and landslides in Colombia and Peru, with heavy casualties, damage to property and infrastructure and economic disruption. The landslides that began in the early morning of April 1 in the Amazonian region of Colombia were caused by unusually intense rains and by the overflow of the Mocoa, Mulato and Sangoyaco rivers. The town of Mocoa has been almost completely buried, thousands of people have been affected in different municipalities and find themselves without drinking water or electricity, hundreds of homes have been destroyed and the Colombian...
Publish Date: 11 April 2017
Recognizing that Africa is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, the World Meteorological Organization has launched the Training Programme on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture t o improve the capacity of national technical services in West African countries. The programme seeks to reduce the impacts of natural disasters and climate change on the agricultural sector and to support sustainable development. “Climate change is threatening food security in many parts of the world,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. “This new training...
Publish Date: 12 April 2017
The World Meteorological Organization and International Telecommunications Union have renewed their commitment to working together for the protection and optimal use of the radio frequency spectrum essential for the remote sensing of our atmosphere and exchange of information. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas and ITU Director-General Houlin Zhao signed a memorandum of understanding to update the Handbook on the Use of Radio Spectrum for Meteorology.
Publish Date: 27 March 2017
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Publish Date: 3 April 2017
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC ) has agreed the outlines of two new reports that will help governments understand the impact climate change is having on human activities...