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39th issue of the TCC News (Japan Meteorological Agency)
20 February 2015

The Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has released the 39th issue of the TCC News on the TCC website.

This issue covers:
- State of Global Warming in 2014 - The year 2014 was the warmest since 1891.-
- Highlights of the Global Climate in 2014
- Summary of Japan’s Climatic Characteristics in 2014
- TCC Training Seminar on Global Warming Projection Information
- TCC Activity Report for 2014

 
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Tropical Pacific Ocean ENSO-neutral
6 February 2015

The tropical Pacific Ocean has eased away from the borderline El Niño observed during late 2014. Overall, the tropical Pacific region remains neutral.

Neutral El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) indicators include central to eastern Pacific sea surface temperatures, temperatures beneath the sea surface and cloudiness near the Date Line. The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has returned to near to threshold values, but this is primarily due to tropical weather activity near Tahiti rather than a broadscale climate signal. The SOI is often affected by weather phenomena during this time of the year.

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Dissemination via communication satellite: the HimawariCast service
6 February 2015

MTSAT-2 imagery dissemination via the HimawariCast service began at 03:00 UTC on 29 January 2015. The service may be suspended without notice until Himawari-8 becomes operational. (29 January 2015)

JMA plans to disseminate Himawari-8 imagery via the HimawariCast service from mid-2015. The originally announced number of satellite bands to be disseminated will be increased. See Dataset. (29 January 2015)

JMA has released software to convert HRIT files into SATAID format for display on a PC. See Software for processing and displaying received data. (29 January 2015)

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Space weather project 'FLARECAST' launched
6 February 2015

29 January 2015 - Scientists from the Met Office are taking part in an EU-wide project to provide highly accurate forecasts of solar storms that affect our everyday lives on Earth.

The Flare Likelihood and Region Eruption Forecasting (FLARECAST) project has been funded by the European Commission to study the origins of solar storms and build a highly accurate solar forecasting service for Europe.

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Un mois de janvier plutôt doux sur l’Hexagone
6 February 2015

Après un tout début d'année froid, les températures sont restées généralement douces pour la saison sur l'ensemble du pays, avant de retrouver des valeurs saisonnières, voire fraîches à partir du 17. Ainsi, en moyenne, elles ont été proches des normales* sur la quasi-totalité du pays, légèrement plus douces pour la saison sur le flanc est. Moyennée sur la France et sur le mois, la température a été supérieure de 0.6 °C à la normale.

Les précipitations ont été excédentaires le long des côtes de la Manche, sur le littoral atlantique, l'ouest des Pyrénées, du Cher au sud de la Champagne ainsi que de l'Alsace à la vallée du Rhône. L'excédent dépasse généralement 50 % dans le Nord – Pas-de-Calais, le Pays basque et l'Alsace ainsi que du Rhône au Vaucluse. En revanche, la pluviométrie est restée déficitaire de la Vendée à l'Île-de-France, de l'Agenais au Midi toulousain, sur la majeure partie du Languedoc-Roussillon et en Corse. Dans l'Hérault, le déficit dépasse 60 %.

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AEMET presta los servicios meteorológicos de apoyo a la navegación aérea en los nuevos aeropuertos de Castellón y La Seo de Urgel
6 February 2015

30/01/2015 - La Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET), adscrita a la Secretaría de Estado de Medio Ambiente del Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, ha iniciado la prestación de sus servicios meteorológicos para las operaciones aéreas en los nuevos aeropuertos de Castellón-Costa de Azahar y La Seo de Urgel-Andorra.

Este servicio incluye la provisión de la información meteorológica que se requiere para la seguridad, regularidad y eficiencia de las operaciones aéreas. Desde estas nuevas oficinas, personal cualificado de AEMET proporciona a las tripulaciones, el servicio de control y aeropuerto y la información sobre las condiciones atmosféricas observadas y previstas, en particular de la ocurrencia de fenómenos meteorológicos que inciden en el desarrollo de las operaciones.

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CMA and UK Met Office enhance cooperation in climate services and other fileds
6 February 2015

On 3th February, the bilateral meeting between China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and UK Met Office was held in Beijing. CMA Deputy Administration Jiao Meiyan and Chief Executive of Met Office Rob Varley attended the meeting.

In the meeting, two sides reached a consensus on cooperation in issues of climate services, numerical weather prediction, satellite observation and application, education and training and other fileds.

Jiao expresses CMA will continue to provide supports for development and implement of cooperative plans. She hopes two sides could enhance further cooperation in the aspects of climate and service, numerical forecast, satellite data assimilation and space weather, in order to enhance capabilities of two sides.

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Enero, ligeramente frío y normal en precipitaciones
6 February 2015

04/02/2015 - El mes de enero ha sido ligeramente más frío de lo normal, con una temperatura media mensual de 6,9 ºC, valor que queda 0,4 ºC por debajo de la media de este mes. En cuanto a precipitaciones, ha sido normal o ligeramente más seco de lo normal, con 58 mm, valor que queda cerca de un 10% por debajo de la media.

Temperaturas

El mes de enero ha sido ligeramente más frío de lo normal, con una temperatura media mensual promediada sobre España de 6,9º C, valor que queda 0,4º C por debajo de la media de este mes** (Periodo de Referencia: 1981-2010). Se ha tratado del duodécimo mes de enero del siglo XXI en España, según orden descendente de temperatura media.

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China saw more precipitation and higher temperature in January
6 February 2015

On February 2, it is reported from CMA's press conference that in this January, the national precipitation exceeded the normal level and the temperatures reached higher than the normal years. 

In January, 2015, the national average precipitation was 14.4mm, 9% higher than the same period of normal years (13.2 mm). In most areas of Southwest China, southern Guangxi and Guangdong, most areas of Northwest China and central Inner Mongolia, the precipitation was more than the normal years. In western Guangxi, southern Guangdong, central Inner Mongolia, most areas of Northwest China, and Tibet, the precipitation was 50% to 100% more than the normal level. Meanwhile, northern Northeast China, northeastern and western Inner Mongolia, parts of Sichuan, most areas of North China, the Yellow-Huaihe Valley, the Yangtze-Huaihe Valley, South of the Yangtze River, and western Xinjiang saw precipitation 20% to 80% less than the normal year. In Yunnan province, the precipitation was 77.2mm, 380% more than the average.

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Swedish weather summary for the year 2014
6 February 2015

2014 was the warmest year in Sweden since measurements began around 1860. The Swedish mean annual temperature was 0.18°C higher than the previous warmest year 1934. In general the year was wetter than normal in the southern part of the country, and drier than normal in the northern part.

The year started with a rather cold January in northern Sweden though. The lowest temperature in Sweden during 2014 was reported from Karesuando with -42.7° on 20 January.

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