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NOAA: Award-Winning Technology Improves Air-Drop Targeting
posted on 30 September 2008

Wind-forecast software from NOAA that improves the target accuracy of an aircraft drop system up to 70 percent and is now being used in both Iraq and Afghanistan has won a federal technology transfer award for four scientists at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder. >>More


Northern wildfire smoke may cast shadow on Arctic warming
posted on 22 July 2008

The Arctic may get some temporary relief from global warming if the annual North American wildfire season intensifies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado and NOAA. >>More

Meteo Romania and Meteorological Office of Slovenia will join MeteoAlarm on June 4th and publish their warnings on the website
posted on 4 June 2008

On the 4th of June 2008 Meteo Romania and the Meteorological Office of Slovenia will start operationally to produce weather related warnings for general public through the EUMETNET project MeteoAlarm ( >>More


NOAA Scientists win International Award for Ozone Layer Research
May 23, 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named two NOAA scientists among the winners of the agency’s international Ozone Layer Protection Award on Monday in Washington, D.C. David Fahey and John Daniel of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., were honored during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. >>More


Extract from information provided by the Permanent Representative of
Myanmar to WMO
posted on 21 May 2008

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CMA’s Emergency Meteorological Services in Support of the Earthquake Disaster Relief & Mitigation Activities
16 May 2008

A strong earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitude in Richter scale occurred in the Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province (epicenter: 31 degrees north and 103.4 degrees east) at 14:28 on 12 May 2008. Tremors were reported in Ningxia, Qinghai, Gansu, Henan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Shandong, Yunnan, Hunan, Hubei, Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing and many other places.

The Chinese Government is making every effort in organizing earthquake disaster relief and mitigation, rescuing injured people and making appropriate arrangements for people’s living in the earthquake-stricken areas, with a view to restoring the normal order in those areas as soon as possible. >>More

Posted on 19 May 2008



World-first uplink of LIDAR wind shear alerts to the aircraft cockpit
14 March 2008

A trial of uplinking wind shear alerts generated by the LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) to the aircraft cockpit – the first of its kind in the world – has recently been extended to become an ongoing programme at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). This is a result of collaboration between Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) and the Northwest Airlines (NWA). In early March 2008, a media briefing was held to promulgate this successful story. >>More


Caribbean Meteorological Organization: weather radar installation near completion

Information release

Port-of-Spain, 29 February 2008 – The long-awaited Doppler Weather Radar, being installed by the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO), is nearing completion at Brasso Venado in the district of Tabaquite in the central range of Trinidad.

The weather radar which is under installation in Trinidad & Tobago is part of a 13.2 million Euro (approx TT$ 128 million) Caribbean weather radar network project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Port of Spain-based Caribbean Meteorological Organization. The weather radar at Brasso Venado is a sophisticated state-of-the-art system built by the Selex-Gematronix company of Germany, which has been placed on a five-storey 20-metre reinforced concrete tower that will house the related equipment. >>More


Extremely cold winter in the Islamic Republic of Iran

News from the Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization, 21 February 2008

During 18 days from 10 to 27 January 2008, the minimum temperature in Tehran was continuously less than -5ºC; the lowest temperature recorded was -11ºC, while the maximum temperature was below 0ºC for 12 days. The lowest temperature recorded in Iran during this period was -32ºC. >>More

Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization


The Government creates the National Agency of Meteorology

News from Instituto Nacional de Meteorología (INM), Spain 11 February 2008

The new agency was born out of the transformation of the National Institute of Meteorology, an organisation with 140 years of history. >> More

Warnings issued in many European countries

News from News from Meteoalarm 31 January 2008

Many European countries issued warnings as a very strong depression with a core pressure of 952 hPa continues to deepen and is moving from the British Isles towards the Channel. >>More

Scientists enlist Robot Aircraft for Data Gathering Missions too dangerous or dirty for humans: Hurricanes, Wildfires, Climate Change, Pollution

News from NOAA 22 January 2008

Robotic aircraft bearing automated sensors will soon help NOAA scientists better predict when and where intense hurricanes will hit

land, when Arctic summer ice will vanish, and whether soggy Pacific storms will flood West Coast cities. Hear how these vehicles will gather previously unattainable data to improve hurricane forecasts, track climate change, assist wildland firefighters, and study volcanic soot and urban pollution, among many others. Marty Ralph and Sandy MacDonald of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder will announce multimillion funding just awarded to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program. >> More



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