News from Members

Second Roshydromet Assessment Report on Climate Change and its Consequences in the Russian Federation saw the light
31 March 2015

The Second Roshydromet Assessment Report on Climate Change and Its Consequences in the Russian Federation (2014) has been issued in four parts: General Summary (in Russian and English), Technical Summary and the Main Volume. 

Gobierno Nacional y Unión Europea lanzan proyecto de conservación de páramos en la Región Andina
31 March 2015

El Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales (IDEAM), participó en el lanzamiento del proyecto ‘Páramos: Biodiversidad y recursos hídricos en los Andes del Norte’, liderado por la Unión Europea (UE) y el Gobierno Colombiano, para promover la conservación y el equilibrio ecológico de siete páramos andinos de Colombia, Ecuador y Perú.

Focus sur les printemps extrêmes
31 March 2015

Le printemps météorologique, qui commence le 1er mars et s'achève à la fin du mois de mai, est généralement une saison de contrastes. Dans l'hémisphère Nord, la durée du jour rallonge sensiblement et l'ensoleillement progresse. Ainsi, les journées froides et parfois humides, de plus en plus rares, alternent avec des journées de plus en plus douces, parfois orageuses, au gré de la position des anticyclones et des dépressions, et donc des flux dominants sur l'Hexagone.

AEMET refuerza su cooperación con los Servicios Meteorológicos e Hidrológicos Iberoamericanos (CIMHET)
31 March 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 reforzado su cooperación internacional con Iberoamérica tras la celebración de la XII Conferencia de Directores de los Servicios Meteorológicos e Hidrológicos Iberoamericanos (CIMHET) que ha tenido lugar en el Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española de Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) durante la semana pasada.

THE OUTLOOK FOR THE MARCH-APRIL-MAY (MAM) 2015 “LONG-RAINS” SEASON IN KENYA
31 March 2015

Depressed rainfall is expected over most of the eastern sector of the country during March-May 2015 “Long-Rains” Season. However, rainfall over most parts of western and central counties is likely to be near-average with a slight tendency to above-average over several parts of western Kenya.

Most of the eastern sector of the country is likely to remain generally dry during the month of March. Much of the seasonal rainfall is likely to be recorded in April and the first half of May.

The onset of the seasonal rainfall is expected during the second to third week of March over most parts of western Kenya. The better part of the eastern sector, especially Northeastern Kenya is likely to experience the onset during the first to second week of April. 

Met Office celebrates ground-breaking science
31 March 2015

As British Science Week gets underway the Met Office is celebrating the cutting edge work it carries out in the field of science.

Science Week is a ten-day programme of science, technology, engineering and math's (STEM) events and activities held across the UK aimed at people of all ages.

The Met Office is a centre for world-leading weather and climate science research aiding international collaboration on both academic and personal levels. It shares its expertise and knowledge with many scientists and meteorological services around the globe, and promotes the use of innovative climate-sensitive sustainability solutions to improve the way in which we live.

Recent warming of Pacific Ocean could be early indication of El Niño
31 March 2015

Recent warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean has primed the Pacific for El Niño. However, history has shown El Niño does not always develop from the ocean trends currently observed.

International climate models monitored by the Bureau indicate the central tropical Pacific Ocean is likely to continue to warm, with all models predicting El Niño thresholds will be reached or exceeded by mid-year. However, the accuracy of model outlooks at this time of year, the traditional El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) transition period, is lower than for outlooks made at other times of the year. Hence, some caution should be exercised when using model outlooks to predict the likelihood of El Niño.

AEMET reúne a los usuarios del Centro de Aplicaciones Satelitales de Predicción a muy Corto Plazo (SAF de Nowcasting) de EUMETSAT
31 March 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 reunido a usuarios internacionales del Centro de Aplicaciones Satelitales de Predicción a Muy Corto Plazo (SAF de Nowcasting), perteneciente a la Organización Europea para la Explotación de los Satélites Meteorológicos (EUMETSAT), en un taller para estudiar sus demandas e incluirlas en el desarrollo de la próxima fase del proyecto, que comenzará en 2017.

2015 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction
31 March 2015

he Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has produced the 2015 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction (SRP) in fulfillment of its mandate to provide relevant meteorological information, forecasts, advisory and early warnings to ensure informed decisions in all climate and weather-sensitive sectors of the economy. The prediction as already stated is done anually, released early in the year and customarily presented to major stakeholders for their inputs on the socio-economic implications before its public presentation.

Met Office and Asian Development Bank address climate resilience
4 March 2015

The Met Office and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have signed an agreement to work together to build greater resilience to weather and climate extremes in some of the most vulnerable countries in the world.

The partnership aims to address the current risks and future impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific which have recently been highlighted by Working Group II of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. Rob Varley, CEO of the Met Office, and Juan Miranda, Managing Director General of the  ADB signed the agreement at the bank's headquarters in Manila. While there, Rob also presented to ADB on the future challenges facing National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and the opportunities for partnership focusing on the need to apply science through to services and ultimately action.

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