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India’s 2015 climate significantly warmer than normal
5 February 2016

The climate of India was significantly warmer than normal during 2015 in line with the warmer than normal global climate observed during the period. According to the India Meteorological Department, the annual mean land-surface air temperature averaged over the country during 2015 was +0.670C above the 1961-1990 average, thus making the year 2015 as the third warmest year on record since nation-wide records commenced in 1901. The warmest ever annual mean temperature was recorded in 2009 (+0.77 0C) followed by 2010 (+0.75 0C).

The warmer than normal climate over India can also be attributed to the below-average rainfall level observed over the country as a whole, which was 91% of the Long Period (1951-2000) Average (LPA). The annual rainfall deficiency was mainly due to the significantly below-average (86% of LPA) rainfall during the principal rainy season (the southwest monsoon season in June-September).

 

Permanent Representative of UAE with WMO (right) received the Emirates Appreciation Award for the Environment on behalf of the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology
1 February 2016

Abdulla Mandoos, Permanent Representative of UAE with WMO (right) received the Emirates Appreciation Award for the Environment on behalf of the National Center for Meteorology and Seismology.  The Award, a high profile event, is granted by the Ministry of Environment and Water in collaboration with the Zayed International Foundation for the Environment.

Peak of Rainy Season in Indonesia
1 February 2016

Jakarta, The rainy season in Indonesia will reach its peak intensity at the end of January until February 2016. This statement was made by BMKG (The Agency of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics of the Republic of Indonesia) on Friday (22/1) at BMKG office, Jakarta. 

BMKG has indicate phenomenon’s that make this peak situation is favorable. Some of those phenomenons are the active Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) in Indonesian region, strong westerly wind and active Asian Monsoon.

 

Signing MoU Between Indonesia and Timor Leste In Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Sector
1 February 2016

Jakarta-Indonesia, Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Dili, Timor Leste for a state visit on January 26. This visit is the first visit of President Jokowi to Timor Leste in a move to strengthen the two nations’ relations.

During the visit, Jokowi meets with Timor Leste’s President Taur Matan Ruak and Prime Minister Maria De Araujo. With this visit, the two sides plan to ink some Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) including in Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics sector.

CMA publicized the main weather and climate characteristics of 2015 in China
19 January 2016

On December 30, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) stated the main weather and climate characteristics that have shaped 2015 across China at a press conference.

Firstly, the annual average temperature is above normal. As of December 28, the annual average temperature was 10.6℃, 0.9℃ above the historical average.

Secondly, the annual average precipitation is also above normal. As of the end of this year, the annual average precipitation increased by 3.1% than normal level and reached 648.4mm.

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The public satisfaction for China's meteorological service achieved new records in 2015
19 January 2016

On Dec.30, China Meteorological Administration(CMA) published the survey result for the public satisfaction of meteorological service in 2015. The result shows the public satisfaction degree of 2015 is 87.3 points, 1.5 points more than 2014, create new high since 2011.

This survey finished by CMA and National Bureau of Statistics covers China's 31 provinces and 40020 persons. It includes meteorological service evaluation, current situation of disasters reduction information spreading, and public service economic assessment.

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WMO Members from Oceania and WMO/RIC Tsukuba visit the Fiji Meteorological Service
19 January 2016

WMO Members from Oceania and WMO/RIC Tsukuba visit the Fiji Meteorological Service for on-the-job training in meteorological instrument calibration

Two technical experts from WMO/RIC Tsukuba visited the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) from 29 October to 13 November 2015 to attend the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) third country training program as instructors. Ten trainees from nine countries (the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nauru and Fiji) participated in the program as part of the JICA Project for Reinforcing the Meteorological Training Functions of FMS.

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IDEAM declara Alerta Roja por Niveles Bajos en los Ríos - Colombia
19 January 2016

Las escasas precipitaciones de los últimos meses, consecuencia del Fenómeno El Niño, han generado un descenso significativo en los niveles de los ríos en el territorio nacional, los cuales presentan los registros más bajos de los últimos 15 años y se acercan a los mínimos absolutos; una situación que de acuerdo con los pronósticos, continuará durante los próximos meses. Por esta razón el Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales (IDEAM) emite alerta roja por niveles bajos en los ríos.

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Aspectos más salientes del estado del fenómeno El Niño y su impacto actual y perspectiva para los próximos meses
19 January 2016

Las condiciones actuales son de un Niño fuerte. Hay una probabilidad cercana al 100% de que esta fase cálida continúe hasta el otoño 2016 para luego ingresar gradualmente a una fase neutral.

La anomalía de temperatura de agua de mar en la región Niño 3.4 en el trimestre octubre-noviembre-diciembre fue de +2.3°C, igualando al máximo observado durante el Niño 1997/1998 que era el

máximo valor desde 1961. Se prevé para el próximo trimestre que la magnitud de este evento continúe dentro del rango de fuerte intensidad, si bien ya comenzaría la etapa de su gradual debilitamiento. Tomando el valor medio de los modelos la magnitud rondaría los +2.1°C.

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Record Waves for M2 Buoy in December - Ireland
19 January 2016

The M2 marine weather buoy in the Irish Sea set two new records on Dec 30 last in high seas associated with Storm Frank.

At 6AM a 6.2m record was set for for Significant Wave Height*, breaking the previous record of 5.8m set on 27 Dec 2013. Later at 8AM a Maximum Individual Wave of 9.7m was recorded, breaking the previous record of 9.08m set on 5 Dec 2015.

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