News from Members (2009)
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Climate Science Statement
From Met Office, Natural Environment Research Council and the Royal Society
The UK is at the forefront of tackling dangerous climate change, underpinned by world class scientific expertise and advice. Crucial decisions will be taken soon in Copenhagen about limiting and reducing the impacts of climate change now and in the future. Climate scientists from the UK and across the world are in overwhelming agreement about the evidence of climate change, driven by the human input of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. >> More
A prolonged spring heatwave in central and south-eastern Australia
Bureau of Meteorology, Australia - An exceptionally prolonged heatwave has affected large parts of central and south-eastern Australia during November 2009. Temperatures well above average began to influence much of the region on the weekend of 7-8 November. The hot spell continued largely unbroken, except in some southern and coastal areas, until 15 November. Slightly cooler conditions then prevailed on 16-17 November, particularly in Victoria and southern South Australia, before the heat returned from the 18th, with the highest temperatures of the whole event between November 18 and 20.
Special Climate Statement from the Bureau of Meteorology
Finaliza curso de instalación, operación y mantenimiento de estaciones hidrometeorológicas automáticas que se dictó en el Servicio Meteorologico de Chile
Con la entrega de certificados a los alumnos finalizó el curso Itinerante “Instalación, Operación y Mantenimiento de Estaciones Hidrometeorológicas Automáticas” que se efectuó en la Dirección Meteorológica de Chile (DMC) entre 5 y 16 de octubre del presente año. La realización del curso contó con el auspicio de la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM), Agencia Estatal de Meteorología de España (AEMET) y el apoyo de la Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC). >>More
Red sand and dust storm hits Australia
The east coast of Australia including Sydney was hit yesterday by a vast red sand and dust storm originating from interior Australia. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, a cold front in New South Wales caused severe thunderstorms and gale-force winds, whipping up the dust from a drought stricken part of Australia, bringing air traffic to a halt and obscuring the famous Sydney opera house from view. The storm also disrupted ferry and automobile transport and caused a large increase in incidences of asthma and other respiratory problems. It also stripped soil from agricultural areas inland and deposited it in the coastal ocean. >> more
Press release from NOAA - 15 July 2009
National Meteorological and Hydrological Services launch World Climate Conference-3
On 30 June 2009, regional press conferences to launch World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) took place in Brussels, Nairobi, Santiago de Chile and St Petersburg, with the participation of government officials, United Nations Information Centres and the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. The theme was “Towards a Global Framework for Climate Services”, the central expected outcome of WCC-3.
Press release from Santiago de Chile
Press release from Nairobi
Africa public service day continental celebration, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania
Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) participated in the Public Service week in Dar Es Salaam and attained sixth position in the best managed institution category in the Continent and was awarded a certificate. >> more
Rainy season ends in Zambia after heavy flooding Floods in Southern Africa
The rainy season has ended over western Zambia, after heavy rainfall in March caused flooding that affected much of the area. The recent rainfall was expected: the Director of Meteorology for Zambia predicted a normal to above-normal rainy season as part of its seasonal forecast issued on 17 September 2008. >> more
Floods in Southern Africa
Flooding in Southern Africa continues, according to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Drought Monitoring Centre (DMC). This flooding has persisted throughout the rainy season, which is now largely ending in bulk of the SADC member states. Some of the flooding was episodic, but in some areas, particularly Angola and Namibia, the flooding occurred over longer periods of time. >> more
Bureau of Meteorology, Australia : Heatwave sets records across southeast Australia
The Special Climate Statement from the Bureau of Meteorology of Australia, about the exceptional January-February 2009 heatwave in south-eastern Australia has been updated to include new records set over the weekend. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne set a new record for the highest recorded temperature at 46.4 degree Celsius.
Special Climate Statement: The exceptional January-February 2009 heatwave in south-eastern Australia - Updated on 9 February 2009 [PDF]
Media Release - 4 February 2009 [PDF]
For more information from the Bureau of Meteorology:
General information about the forecast for Victoria
The Melbourne weather forecast
The state forecast
Town forecasts (the relevant towns to fires being Seymour, Yarra Glen Latrobe Valley)