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Publish Date: 17 August 2017
On 14 August 2017, the Afghanistan Meteorological Department (AMD) issued its first flood early warning for the country’s south and southeast regions. The following day, meteorological satellite images verified that AMD’s forecast was accurate: a devastating flood had occurred in Khost province.
Publish Date: 14 August 2017
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has designated ECMWF as a World Meteorological Centre (WMC). The WMO Executive Council endorsed the designation at its meeting in Geneva in May 2017.
Publish Date: 1 August 2017
The national meteorological and hydrological service of Uzbekistan, Uzhydromet, has converted more than 4 million pages of hydrometeorological observational data into digital images under a a data restoration project funded by the Korean Meteorological Administration as part of an international World Meteorological campaign to preserve important historical records.
Publish Date: 26 July 2017
After a four-year process, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) has been officially designated as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Climate Centre (RCC) for the Caribbean . The achievement is a critical step in the implementation of the United Nations (UN)-supported and WMO-led Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) which recognizes that climate information and associated services are critical for improving the livelihoods of many people around the world, especially those in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs...
Publish Date: 24 July 2017
A new era in satellite meteorology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve Earth observations and understanding, but also poses big challenges for users worldwide. A top-level World Meteorological Organization delegation outlined WMO’s strategic perspectives at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Conference 2017 . The latest generation of satellites from China, Europe, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and the USA and other countries is becoming operational, providing unprecedented advances in weather forecasting, disaster risk...
Publish Date: 7 July 2017
WMO has held talks and entered into a new working arrangement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on the operation of the global Aircraft Meteorological DAta Relay (AMDAR) system. WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas met IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac to discuss how IATA’s 265 airlines in over 117 countries can best contribute to AMDAR’s data gathering system.
Publish Date: 7 July 2017
June 2017 extended the spell of “exceptional global warmth” that has now lasted since mid-2015, according to the latest analysis from the Europe Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Copernicus Climate Change Service. Average surface air temperatures were the second hottest on record, after June 2016. In addition to high temperatures, extreme weather affected many different parts of the world in June and early July. This summary is compiled by the WMO Secretariat based on reports from national meteorological and hydrological services. It updates a previous report issued on 20 June.
Publish Date: 3 July 2017
The World Meteorological Organization is supporting an international conference to bolster international collaboration to combat the growing problem of sand and dust storms. The conference in Tehran from 3 - 5 July is hosted by the Department of Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the cooperation of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat, UN Environment, the UN Development Programme, WMO and other UN entities.
Publish Date: 20 June 2017
Parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and southwestern USA have seen extremely high May and June temperatures, with a number of records broken. The heatwaves in Europe, which started unusually early, is now forecast to move eastwards to the eastern Mediterranean. They come as the Earth experiences another exceptionally warm year. Average global surface temperatures over land and sea were the second highest on record for the first five months of 2017, according to analyses by NOAA , NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting...
Publish Date: 26 June 2017
For the first time in history, Senegal held a National Climate Outlook Forum, convening representatives from many different to discuss the 2017 seasonal precipitation forecast for Senegal. The seasonal forecast for July-August-September provides normal to wet (above normal) rainfall over most of the country. The probability is 40%. The start of the rainy season will be early to normal over much of the country with a high risk of dry spells early in the season. Downscaled forecasts at sub regional were also provided for a better sectoral planning.