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Meteorological Satellite Conference in Amsterdam on Weather, Climate, Oceans and the Environment

From 24-28 September 2007, meteorological experts, scientists and researchers will meet for the joint 2007 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference and the 15th American Meteorological Society (AMS) Satellite Meteorology & Oceanography Conference in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. >>more
posted on 10 September 2007


"ClimatView": an on-lineWeb-based interactive climate database

"ClimatView" is the tool to overview and download monthly climate data in the world. By using "ClimatView", you can see and get monthly mean temperature, monthly total precipitation and its anomaly or ratio at all available stations. Monthly means of daily maximum/minimum temperatures are also available. These data are derived from CLIMAT messages via the GTS line from the WMO Members in the world. This website is expected to help not only all NMHSs but also other institutions and individuals in monitoring and analysis of surface climate and its variations for specific observation stations as well as the global. >>more
posted on 03 September 2007


Press release issued by KNMI (The Netherlands), in Dutch only

Zomer was vrij warm maar zeer nat en iets te somber
Augustus aan de droge kant

Van de drie zomermaanden dit jaar bood augustus het aardigste weer. In het grootste deel van het land was het vrij droog, de zon haalde het normale aantal uren en de temperatuur was vrijwel normaal. >> more
posted on 31 August 2007


Japan Meteorological Agency launches a web-based interactive climate database service

The Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) launched a web-based interactive climate database “ClimatView”, a new service that provides monthly climate data of the world. ClimatView enables users to view or download monthly mean temperature and monthly total precipitation derived from CLIMAT reports which have been received and monitored by two GCOS Surface Network Monitoring Centers, JMA and Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), since 1982 and 1999, respectively.
posted on 31 August 2007


Southwest monsoon-2007

Mid-season review by the Indian Metorological Department
posted on 7 August 2007

Training Course on "Application of Integrated Aeronautical Meteorological Data for Aviation " - News from the Thai Meteorological Department and Hong Kong Observatory, China

More than 50 meteorologists from Thailand and Cambodia participated in the “Application of Integrated Aeronautical Meteorological Data for Aviation” training course organized by the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) and Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) China from 20 to 26 July 2007. >> more
posted on 3 August 2007

Hottest temperature record in the world, El Azizia, Libya

News from the Libyan National Meteorological Centre

Temperature records of many places of the world are very important. They indicate the degree of heat and cold and also the amount of heat flux or energy received. Furthermore, most human activities are weather-related and influenced by temperature. >> more
posted on 6 June 2007

Information on the intense thunderstorms in the Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real) area on 23 May 2007

News from the Spanish National Insititute of Meteorology

During the afternoon of 23 May 2007, intense thunderstorms affected the Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real) area producing heavy precipitation which in some places exceeded 200litres per square metre. The general atmospheric situation was marked by the presence of a cold storm in the upper air over the NE of the Spanish peninsula and a warm, humid flow in the low levels.(28/05/07)

Throughout the second half of the day, convective activity increased over the southern plateau causing several storms which moved SE-NE with the prevailing wind. In the early hours of the afternoon, the radar watch images for the central zone showed that one of them was developing more than the others and in spectacular fashion. Its uniqueness was accentuated by the fact that its displacement gradually deviated from the mean wind and hence from the other storms in the area. At the same time, it became very large and remained almost stationary in the area NE of Ciudad Real and the border with the province of Toledo for several hours.

In meteorology, such thunderstorms are called “supercells”, which are highly organized convective structures characterized by strong rotating updraughts and an embedded mesocyclone. Occasionally, as occurred in this case, supercells produce torrential rainfall. Their tracks are usually isolated from those of the other storms in the vicinity. In this case, the supercell remained practically stationary in the area of Alcázar de San Juan, and caused copious amounts of precipitation.

The provisional precipitation data available so far show that in Alameda de Cervera (Ciudad Real) 240 mm fell between 8 a.m. on 23 and 8 a.m. on 24 May 2007, which is more than twice the estimated value for precipitation with a 50-year return period.

Imagen PPI del radar de Madrid de las 16:20 UTC

PPI (Plan Position Indicator) radar image of Madrid showing the lowest scan at 16:20 UTC (6.20 p.m. local time). The colour scale represents reflectivity (dBZ). In principle, the highest reflectivity values correspond to the greatest estimated values of precipitation intensity. The arrow indicates the supercell which affected the area of Alcazar de San Juan.

Imagen de acumulación de precipitación del radar de Madrid 12UTC-18UTC

Estimated accumulated precipitation obtained from the Madrid radar data for the period 12UTC-18UTC (2-8 p.m. local time) on 23 May. The area with the most precipitation produced by the supercell that remained quasi-stationary overhead can be clearly seen.
posted on 29 May 2007


Mr Tyrone Sutherland seeks re-election as Second Vice-President of the WMO

(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) Coordinating Director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Meteorological Organization, Tyrone Sutherland, is seeking re-election as Second Vice-President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN Specialized Agency that coordinates global activity in weather, water, climate and related aspects of the environment.

The election takes place at the Fifteenth Congress of the WMO in Geneva, Switzerland from 7 to 25 May 2007. The elections take place on May 17th. The Congress will approve the scientific and technical programmes and activities of the Organization to be carried out across the world over the next four years. It will also appoint the Secretary-General to lead the Organization, as well as its non-resident President, three Vice-Presidents and an Executive Council that will, along with the Secretary-General, oversee the affairs of the WMO over the next four years. Over the past four years, the WMO President came from Russia, the First Vice-President from Iran and the Third Vice-President from Argentina.> more
posted on 16 May 2007


Met Office joins forces with Australians to improve weather and climate

In a world where impacts of climate change and severe weather are of vital concern, Met Office Chief Executive, Mark Hutchinson and Dr Geoff Love, Director of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology have signed a partnership agreement combining the science expertise of both forecast centres, with the ultimate aim of improving weather forecasts and
climate change predictions. >> more
posted on 15 May 2007

Update to UK's Met Office summer forecast -1 May 2007

The Met Office issues a long-range forecast for the summer and then reviews it on a monthly basis. The latest seasonal forecast from the Met Office, updated today, still indicates that this summer is likely to be warmer than average.

Following the trend set throughout 2006 and the first part of 2007, seasonal forecasters say there is a high probability that summer temperature will exceed the 1971-2000 long-term average of 14.1 °C.

The Met Office will issue an update of the summer forecast on 30 May 2007. >>more
posted on 2 May 2007




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