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Publish Date: 21 February 2017
Improvements in forecasting tropical cyclones and reducing associated hazards to life and property are being discussed at the annual meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee. The Typhoon Committee session in Yokohama, Japan, will examine the 2016 season with a view to strengthening operational effectiveness and disaster risk reduction in 2017 and beyond. The Typhoon Committee. has responsibility for the Western North Pacific Ocean and South China Sea – the world’s most active...
Publish Date: 20 February 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia (RAII) closed its four-yearly session on Thursday after discussing ways how to increase resilience to extreme weather and climate change and contribute to sustainable socio-economic development. Abdullah Ahmed Al Mandoos, Director of the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology of the United Arab Emirates, which hosted the meeting, was unanimously elected Regional Association President for the next four years. Rishi Ram Sharma, Director-General of Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, is Vice-President.
Publish Date: 17 February 2017
The extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing, with the Arctic witnessing exceptional warmth and – as a result – record low Arctic sea ice volumes for this time of year. Data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies said that global average surface temperatures for the month of January were the third highest on record, after January 2016 and January 2007. NOAA said that the average temperature was 0.88°C above the 20 th century average of 12°C. ECMWF Copernicus said it was the second warmest.
Publish Date: 17 February 2017
Many parts of the Greater Horn of Africa are expected to receive below average rainfall in the important March to May rainy season, worsening food security and water availability in countries already seriously hit by drought, according to a new seasonal outlook issued by the Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum. “What makes the current drought alarming in the Equatorial Greater Horn of Africa region is that it follows two consecutive poor rainfall seasons in 2016, and the likelihood of depressed rainfall persisting into the March-May 2017 rainfall season remains high,” said the...
Publish Date: 2 December 2016
This year, the Cape Grim Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Global Station in Tasmania marks 40 years of monitoring the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere. The station, established in 1976 and operated by the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), is Australia's principal contribution to the GAW observing network. The first set of instruments lived in an ex-NASA caravan. Today the station is housed in a permanent building that features state-of-the-art infrastructure, including a tower fitted with important monitoring equipment. Cape...
Publish Date: 15 February 2017
Tropical Cyclone Dineo hit the Inhambane province of Mozambique on Wednesday 15 February, with high winds, torrential rain and dangerous storm surge. Dineo, the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, made landfall in the town of Inhambane at around 1630 GMT, according to initial reports. It is the, first cyclone to hit the province of Inhambane since Favio caused destruction in February 2007 and the first to hit the town itself for more than 30 years. In 2008, intense tropical cyclone Jokwe made landfall higher up the coast of Mozambique.
Publish Date: 13 February 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association for Asia is holding its four-yearly session, amid warnings that the region – which stretches from the Arctic to the Equator over the Himalayas down into low lying coastal areas– needs to do more to prepare for extreme weather, climate change and water shocks. “Asia continues to be the most disaster prone region. South Asia accounted for a staggering 64 percent of total global fatalities. South East Asia is also another major disaster prone sub-region,” said outgoing Regional Association for Asia President, Abdulla Mohammed Al...
Publish Date: 8 February 2017
Operational forecasters in the fields of meteorology, hydrology and marine weather from 20 hydrological and meteorological services in the South-East Europe region met in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from 7-9 February 2017 to discuss the requirements of forecasting offices for the development of a Multi-Hazard Early Warning Advisory System. The cross-border project aims to increase resilience such as severe storms and floods which often hit the region. It is funded by USAID and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and will be implemented by the World...
Publish Date: 7 February 2017
WMO is working to strengthen forecasting skills for flash floods, which kills an estimated 5,000 people annually and are a major natural hazard. WMO’s Flash Flood Guidance System seeks to strengthen the capabilities of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to issue timely and accurate flash flood warnings and to integrate these in their day-to-day operational activities. It also seeks to foster coordination between NMHSs and disaster management authorities.
Publish Date: 30 January 2017
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