News / Press releases

Seasonal Climate Outlook for Asia Issued
22 May 2015

The Forum on Regional Climate Monitoring-Assessment-Prediction for Asia (FOCRA) has issued its seasonal outlook for summer (June-July-August) 2015.

It predicted weaker than normal East Asia and Indian summer monsoons. Precipitation, which is influenced by external factors such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation, Indian Ocean Dipole, Arctic Oscillation, and so on, is expected to be near normal in West Asia, above normal or near normal in Central Asia and East Asia, below normal or near normal in South Asia and Southeast Asia. There is a high probability for above or near normal temperatures over the entire Asian region.

World Meteorological Congress: Facing Up to Climate Change, Extreme Weather
21 May 2015

GENEVA 21 May 2015 (WMO) - The World Meteorological Congress meets from 25 May to 12 June with a focus on how to strengthen weather and climate services to meet the needs of a growing global population and cope with climate variability and change, extreme weather and related shocks on all socio-economic sectors.

Congress takes place every four years and decides on the strategy, policies, priorities, budget and office holders of the 191-Member World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

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WMO participates in Climate and Clean Air Coalition Assembly
21 May 2015

WMO participated in the High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) which focused on reductions of short-lived climate pollutants to improve air quality and public health. The meeting 20 May brought together both Environment and Health Ministers. WMO hosted the science-policy dialogues which discussed the way how the scientific knowledge can be converted in the policy actions.

WMO is a member of the CCAC since 2014 because its Global Atmosphere Watch network coordinates observations of short-lived climate pollutants including tropospheric ozone and aerosols, as well as long-lived greenhouse gases. Through its Climate and Health Office, established jointly with the World Health Organization, WMO is also seeking to ensure that weather and climate related hazards are better integrated into health management.

EMS to grant 2015 media awards
19 May 2015

The European Meteorological Society (EMS) is inviting nominations for two annual media awards with a deadline of Thursday, 4 June. The EMS Outreach & Communication Award 2015 recognizes projects that explore new and effective ways of communicating the science of meteorology, climatology and related fields to the general public or to a more specific audience. The projects may deal with the results or the consequences of science. Project teams in particular will be considered for the award, but nominations of individual initiatives are also welcome. The call for nominations and the terms of reference are described on the web site.

Monthly Global CO2 Average Concentration Passes Symbolic Threshold
7 May 2015

The monthly global average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million in March 2015 for the first time on record, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This threshold is of symbolic and scientific significance and reinforces evidence that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are responsible for the continuing increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gases warming our planet.

Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer
5 May 2015

A new publication, Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer, presents complex science in a straightforward manner. It complements the 2014 Scientific Assessment Report of Ozone Depletion by WMO and the U.N. Environment Programme.

Global ozone depletion is no longer increasing, and initial signs of recovery of the ozone layer have been identified. This is thanks to the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

Seventeenth World Meteorological Congress, Geneva, Switzerland, 25 May – 12 June 2015
1 May 2015

The World Meteorological Congress meets once every four years to determine policies and priorities for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It approves long-term plans and the budget, elects the President and Vice-Presidents of WMO and members of the Executive Council, and appoints the Secretary-General.

The Congress session takes place from Monday 25 May to Friday 12 June at the Geneva International Conference Centre. Plenary sessions are open to accredited media. Full agenda details and conference documents are available here.

WMO prepares for COP21
29 April 2015

The Secretary-General of WMO, Michel Jarraud, participated in a plenary session of the French Conseil Economique, Social et Environnemental (CESE) devoted to "Changement climatique: les enjeux nationaux et internationaux".

The French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Laurent Fabius, and the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Ms Ségolène Royale attended the meeting.

The session took stock of efforts made in France in addressing global warming and reviewed the challenges and opportunities of climate policies at national and international level for years to come, with particular attention to the forthcoming 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, hosted by France in Paris on 30 November - 11 December 2015.


Nepal Earthquake
29 April 2015

The Nepal Department of Hydrology and Meteorology is providing regularly updated weather forecasts on its website to support the growing international relief operation in the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April. Many staff have lost relatives and homes and are struggling to cope without electricity.

According to the Meteorological Forecasting Division of Nepal, operations are running relatively smoothly. Forecasts on the website are being updated on a regular basis and communicated to the media. State-run radio is providing weather information every two to three hours, and TV stations are regularly consulting the Department’s website.

Regional forum promotes aviation safety in Southeast Asia
29 April 2015

Meteorological and aviation experts are meeting in Jakarta on 29-30 April to explore how to strengthen safety for air traffic in the region. The WMO Regional Forum on Meteorological Services for Aviation Safety in Southeast Asia aims to produce a recommendation into the roadmap for enhancing regional and national cooperation in a region that is experiencing the world’s highest growth rates in air traffic.

This rapid expansion in aviation, which is driven by economic growth and tourism, requires that countries increase the provision of air navigation services. One such service is aviation meteorology, which faces specific challenges in Southeast Asia. In particular, the region’s tropical weather features a high frequency of organized convective storms and tropical cyclones. There are also a large number of active volcanoes in the region that can disrupt air traffic by emitting smoke and ash.