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Publish Date: 27 March 2017
The names Matthew and Otto have been retired as tropical cyclone names because of numerous fatalities and the extensive damage they caused in 2016. Matthew will be replaced by Martin, and Otto will be replaced by Owen in the rotating list of names used for tropical cyclones in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, North Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Oceans. The World Meteorological Organization’s Regional Association IV Hurricane Committee, which covers North America, Central America and the Caribbean, took the decision at a meeting hosted by Costa Rica in San Jose. It assessed the 2016...
Publish Date: 22 March 2017
WMO joins the international community in celebrating World Water Day 2017, under the theme of “wastewater,” and is stepping up efforts to ensure that water is not wasted. Water is at the core of sustainable development and is key to economic growth, the environment and life. At the same time, water has been identified as the 3rd global risk in terms of impact by the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2017.
Publish Date: 20 March 2017
The World Meteorological Organization and the World Bank have agreed to collaborate more strongly on assisting countries to protect lives and property against the impacts of extreme weather, climate and hydrological events. Their enhanced approach to building national capacity is set out in a Memorandum of Understanding signed here today by Secretary-General Petteri Taalas for the WMO and Vice President for Sustainable Development Laura Tuck for the World Bank.
Publish Date: 20 March 2017
The 29 th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board, which was held in Bonn, Germany on 16-17 March 2017, has endorsed a USD 6.8 million proposal submitted by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) entitled “Agricultural Climate Resilience Enhancement Initiative (ACREI).” Targeted countries include Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. This makes WMO the first Multilateral Implementing Entity to have a regional proposal approved by the Adaptation Fund Board under the Pilot Programme for regional projects and programmes
Publish Date: 14 March 2017
The World Meteorological Organization is stepping up activities to improve forecasts and early warnings of sand and dust storms, which are having an increasing impact on the environment, human health, and the economy in arid and semi- arid regions such as Northern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and China. Sand and dust storms occur when intensely hot air over the desert causes the lower atmosphere to become unstable, leading to strong winds that stir up vast amounts of loose sand and transporting it for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles. Land degradation, desertification...
Publish Date: 8 March 2017
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas has launched a WMO-wide campaign to promote good practice on how to mainstream gender into organizational policies and practices; how to attract girls and women into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and how to make weather and climate services more gender-sensitive. “The implementation of the WMO Gender Action Plan has demonstrated that small adaptations to working practices can result in big leaps forward. Let us jump towards gender equality even further in 2017,” said Mr Taalas in a...
Publish Date: 8 March 2017
The Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) has reconnected with the world in a move which will help to improve the country’s hydrometeorological hazard early warning systems. On 15 February 2017 meteorological department observers uploaded surface synoptic observation data to the WMO Global Telecommunications System (GTS), making Afghanistan’s data visible and accessible to the international community for the first time in 30 years. This will enable the Afghanistan Meteorological Department to upload in-situ meteorological data to the GTS on a regular basis.
Publish Date: 24 February 2017
Over the past 4 years the Met Office College (MOC) has built a strong collaborative relationship with the Institute for Meteorological Training and Research (IMTR), the equivalent institution within the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD). IMTR is a designated World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Regional Training Centre (RTC), for English-speaking Africa and as such is expected to provide training that supports the regions National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHS’s). The Met Office College and IMTR are collaborating on developing a Basic Instructional Package for...
Publish Date: 27 February 2017
A new collection of case studies from the Pacific islands illustrates the value of climate services to support decision-making and how to ensure the information reaches the last mile to end users. Pacific Islands Meteorological Services: a Compendium of Climate Services Case Studies shows how improved national meteorological and hydrological services can build climate and disaster-ready communities in a region which is vulnerable to extreme weather and climate change.
Publish Date: 23 February 2017
The current rainfall season has seen normal to above normal rainfall for the southern half of continental Southern African Development Community region, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland. The northern and eastern part – namely Tanzania, northern Angola, northern half of DRC, north Mozambique and Madagascar. For the February to April 2017 period, there is a high likelihood of: above-normal rainfall over Zimbabwe, most of Botswana, south of Mozambique and northern South Africa. Normal to above normal...