The WMO Executive Council endorsed the appointment of Ms Elena Manaenkova as Assistant Secretary-General of WMO. Ms Manaenkova took up her new duties on 18 June 2010.
The Russian Federation has presented Switzerland with a portrait of Heinrich von Wild, an eminent Swiss physicist and meteorologist who founded the Russian meteorological service. In 1868 he accepted the invitation of the Academy of Sciences in Saint Petersburg and left to take up the post of director of the General Physical Observatory. Heinrich von Wild made an invaluable contribution to the development of meteorology and to the establishment of a meteorological observing system in Russia. He was President of the International Meteorological Organization from 1879 to 1896. The gift also includes an anemometer invented by von Wild. A ceremony to mark the occasion was held on 18 June at the Museum of the History of Science in Geneva. Mr Alexander Bedritskiy, President of the World Meteorological Organization, and Mr Patrice Mugny, Minister of Culture of the City of Geneva, paid tribute to this eminent Swiss scientist in the presence of a large number of government representatives.
The National Meteorological Centre (CNM) of Haiti launched its website www.meteo-haiti.gouv.ht to provide and disseminate information and warnings to all users including UN agencies, NGOs, disaster affected communities and media.
Following the earthquake of 12 January 2010 in Haiti, which caused considerable loss of lives and damage to all infrastructures including CNM, WMO Members have joined forces to re-establish operational meteorological services to help prevent further disasters during the hurricane season (June-December 2010). This is an exemplary model of cooperation of WMO and its Members that could be replicated in other similar situations in the future.
World Weather Information Service showcased in
Shanghai World Expo
The future version of the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) Website of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is showcased in the “MeteoWorld” Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 that runs from May to October 2010.
This brand-new version of WWIS is Google Earth enabled. It allows users to freely move around a virtual globe by changing the viewing angle and position, and has the additional capability of representing many different views such as geographical and man-made features on the surface of the Earth. It features a versatile "fly-over" function to any part of the world and a quick search function. This revamped version of WWIS will therefore provide users with more intuitive and flexible access to the official weather forecasts for more than 1 300 cities around the world.
The International Polar Year 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, has formally come to a close at a ceremony in Oslo on Saturday 12 June—the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference.
The IPY sponsors, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), thanked the many thousands of participants who made the IPY a spectacular international success, before passing the baton to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and WMO Executive Council Panel on Polar Observations, Research and Services, to secure the legacy of this important initiative.
Amendments to the ECMWF Convention which entered into force on 6 June, allows an enlargement of the membership of the organization and an expansion of the scope of its activities. The original Convention restricted membership to the founding 18 States. The amended Convention enlarges ECMWF's mission to cover the monitoring of the Earth-system. It will allow running third party activities which are in line with the purpose and objectives of the Centre.
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The 62nd session of the Executive Council opens today at WMO headquarters and runs until 18 June, to review progress made in the provision of critical weather, water and climate services and to optimize its programmes in a changing world.
For World Environment Day, WMO is launching an educational web site for youth. The “Youth corner” gives access to basic meteorological and hydrological science and seeks to create interest of the young generations in these subjects through easily understandable text accompanied by stories, videos, games from our Members and partners, experiments... The WMO “Youth corner” (available for the moment in English only) is accessible through the following link: www.wmo.int/youth/
Post card created for the occasion
Communication officials of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Iberoamerica – grouping Spain, Portugal and 19 countries of central and south America – decided upon joint action that should enhance weather and climate information to communities, especially in a region that shares similar weather patterns and is prone to natural hazards. At a meeting organized in San Jose from 31 May to 3 June by the National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica and WMO with the support of the Spanish State Agency of Meteorology (Aemet), a communication network has been established for continuous interaction, among other, to revamp the website developed at the request of the Conference of Directors of Iberoamerican Meteorological Services (http://www.meteo-iberoamericana.com/)
According to the Regional Specialized Meteorological Centre (RSMC) New Delhi, Tropical Cyclone Centre of WMO, the tropical cyclone Phet, which developed in the north Arabian Sea, is located in the Arabian Sea at 17.5 North, 61.0 East, as of 00:00 UTC on 2 June. It has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm (maximum wind speed 65 knots, or equivalent to 120 kilometres per hour). It is forecast to continue to move northeastward and then turn, to move northward to northeastward. It will approach the coast of Oman within the next 48 hours with further intensification.
The severe cyclonic storm Phet is potentially very damaging to the southeast Yemen and Oman, and later to Pakistan. The sea state in the north Arabian Sea will be extremely rough particularly in the next 72 hours. Ships in this area are advised to take urgent measures to avoid risks.
For further information about the Tropical Cyclone Phet and associated severe weathers, please access the WMO Severe Weather Information Centre website and/or consult the National Weather Services in the area.
On 5 June 2010, for the occasion of World Environment Day, WMO is organizing a discussion forum in the Parc Ariana, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, from 6 to 7 pm. The experts Pierre Eckert, Chief of the Meteo Suiss Regional Center in Geneva, Herbert Puempel, Chief of Aeronautic Meteorology at WMO and Gilles Sommeria, Climatologist, will talk to the public about "climate change, volcano ash and daily forecasts".