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Director of the Observatory presented the Research Award for Young Scientists 2015 on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization
21 September 2015

Mr. Shun Chi-ming, Director of the Hong Kong Observatory presented the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Research Award for Young Scientists 2015 on behalf of WMO to Professor Tai Pui-Kuen of the Earth System Science Programme of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) on 1 September. Professor Tai is the first Hong Kong scientist receiving the Award and his award-winning research is titled "Threat to future global food security from climate change and ozone air pollution" that he published in the Journal of "Nature Climate Change".

Mr. Shun said that Professor Tai's receiving the "WMO Research Award for Young Scientists" was an honour for the meteorological community in Hong Kong. His study is a timely reminder to us that the impacts of climate change are highly relevant to our daily life. Under the influence of global warming, high temperature records in Hong Kong has been broken rather frequently in recent years. Actions to reduce greenhouse gas emission and to make our society more resilient to climate change effects must be taken without delay. The Observatory will spare no efforts to undertake researches on climate change and support local institutions on related projects.


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15 September 2015


Hydrological Services during flood in July and 1st week of August, 2015
18 August 2015

Hydrological Division of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) is responsible for issuing daily water level forecast and flood forecast for 30 selected stations along 8 major rivers: Ayeyarwady, Chindwin, Sittaung, Thanlwin, Dokehtawady, Bago, Shwegyin and Ngawun.

Meteorological events during the July 2015
18 August 2015

Department of Meteorology and Hydrology is the responsible for the early warning of the hydro-meteorological disaster such as tropical cyclone, heavy rainfall and flood warning.

41st issue of the TCC News (Japan Meteorological Agency)
11 August 2015

The Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has released the 41st issue of the TCC News on the TCC website.
This issue covers:
 - Sea Ice in the Sea of Okhotsk in the 2014/2015 Winter Season
 - Summary of Kosa (Aeolian dust) Events over Japan in 2015
 - TCC contributions to Regional Climate Outlook Forums in Asia
 - TCC Experts Visit Sri Lanka

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CMA and MWR deepened information sharing, forecast consultation and emergency action
10 August 2015

Recently, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and Ministry of Water Resources jointly published a Notice to deepen cooperation in the aspects of information sharing, forecast consultation, emergency response and linkage.

Two sides will establish information sharing system to boost exchange and regular notification on condition of rain, flood, drought and others. Joint conference or consultation on typhoon, rainstorm, flood and other major disastrous weather process and disasters also will be set up.

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AEMET y el Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN) firman un convenio de colaboración en materia de meteorología, seguridad nuclear y protección radiológica
10 August 2015

La Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET), adscrita al Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, y el Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear (CSN) han firmado hoy, en la sede del CSN en Madrid, un convenio de colaboración para regular las actividades conjuntas de ambas instituciones en materia de información meteorológica, seguridad nuclear y protección radiológica.

El convenio, que tendrá una vigencia de cuatro años prorrogables, ha sido firmado por el presidente de AEMET, Miguel Ángel López, y por el presidente del CSN, Fernando Marti Scharfhausen, acompañados por la consejera del CSN, Cristina Narbona.

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10 August 2015

Se prevé un agosto muy cálido con lluvias cercanas o por debajo de lo normal para este mes .....

Agosto es el segundo mes del período intraestival y, por tanto, uno de los dos meses que menos precipitación aporta al período lluvioso en Cuba.

Durante este mes se mantiene la notable influencia del Anticiclón del Atlántico sobre Cuba, lo que condiciona que las precipitaciones sean relativamente escasas. No obstante, ocurren chubascos y tormentas eléctricas, principalmente durante la tarde y primeras horas de la noche, asociadas al paso de sistemas de la zona tropical, tales como las ondas y las bajas tropicales y al calentamiento diurno. Es también agosto un mes en que comienza a incrementarse la actividad ciclónica sobre Cuba, aunque la frecuencia de los huracanes que la afectan en dicho mes es sólo la mitad que la de septiembre.

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The Finnish Meteorological Institute to use new marine research technology
10 August 2015

The Finnish Meteorological Institute FMI has ordered an underwater glider equipped with sensors collecting multidisciplinary data for marine research. The glider will help the FMI to diversify its marine data collection methods. The glider is the first of its kind in Finland, and it opens up new possibilities in, for example, assessing the future of the Baltic Sea more precisely.

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Acquiring the glider is the latest step for Finnish marine research in using the most modern automatic technology. The device is an unmanned satellite-controlled instrument, which travels with help of gravitational and buoyant forces as it dives constantly between the surface and the seabed, following a route that has been programmed beforehand. The glider collects information about the entire water column.

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Long Range Forecast for the Rainfall during the Second Half (August to September) of the 2015 Southwest Monsoon and Updates for the Seasonal Forecasts
10 August 2015

The forecast for the rainfall over the country as a whole for the second half of the 2015 monsoon season has been prepared using a Principal Component Regression (PCR) Model based on 5 predictors with a model error of 8% of long period average (LPA). The LPA of the rainfall over the country as whole for the second half of the monsoon season (August to September) based on the 1951-2000 period is 43.5cm (49% of the average season rainfall) with a coefficient of variation (C.V) of 15%.

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