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Preliminary Info on 2012 U.S. Billion-Dollar Extreme Weather/Climate Events (NOAA, U.S.A. )
Posted 21 December 2012

Satellite Image of Sandy

Today, NOAA released preliminary information on extreme weather and climate events in the U.S. for 2012 that are known to have reached the $1 billion threshold in losses. As of December 20, NOAA estimates that the nation experienced 11 such events, to include seven severe weather/tornado events, two tropical storm/hurricane events, and the yearlong drought and associated wildfires.

These eleven events combined are believed to have caused 349 deaths, with the most significant losses of life occurring during Sandy (131) and the summer-long heat wave and associated drought, which caused over 123 direct deaths (though an estimate of the excess mortality due to heat stress is still unknown). >> More

New climatology on clouds and radiation from weather satellite data (SMHI , Sweden)
Posted 21 December 2012

Bilden visar moln över kalmarsund

The properties and distribution of clouds around the globe are important to climate research. There is now a 28-year compilation of clouds and radiation – a cloud climatology – based on data from polar satellites.

The Earth’s climate is largely determined by incoming solar radiation. Clouds help to reflect some of the radiation away. 

“Roughly 30 per cent of the sun’s radiation is reflected away from the Earth, and most of that radiation is reflected away by clouds. Less than 10 per cent of the total radiation is reflected by the Earth’s surface,” says Karl-Göran Karlsson, a remote analysis scientist at SMHI and one of the people taking part in the project. >> More

New planning tool for climate adaptation in cities ( SMHI , Sweden )
Posted 17 December 2012

A changing climate places great pressure on society, and creates many new challenges. To make city planning easier, a planning tool has been developed to support climate adaptation of cities and regions in Europe.

The European research project SUDPLAN, co-ordinated by SMHI, has developed a planning tool for climate adaptation of European cities and regions for intensive precipitation, hydrological conditions and the air environment. 

“Already today we are beginning to notice climate-related problems in cities, such as flooding. As the climate changes even more, these difficulties will increase. This is why a tool is needed to facilitate planning ahead of decisions regarding investments in infrastructure, for instance, and to ensure that projects are adapted to the altered conditions we will be facing in the future,” says Lars Gidhagen, researcher in air quality at SMHI and co-ordinator of SUDPLAN.  >> More

Tropical Pacific neutral for reminder of summer (Bureau of Meteorology, Australia )
Posted 18 December 2012

The tropical Pacific Ocean remains neutral—neither El Niño nor La Niña. The central to eastern Pacific has cooled somewhat over the past month, with sea surface temperatures (SSTs) now close to their long-term average. Atmospheric indicators of ENSO, such as the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), trade winds and cloudiness near the Date Line have shown some fluctuations recently, but have also continued at neutral levels. Further falls are expected in the SOI over the coming days, as a result of the tropical weather system which spawned Tropical Cyclone Evan. Large fluctuations in the SOI over summer due to tropical weather systems are not uncommon.

Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology indicate that the tropical Pacific is likely to remain ENSO neutral through the southern hemisphere summer. This means that in contrast to the two prior summers, Australian rainfall and temperatures are unlikely to be strongly influenced by ENSO. Given current conditions and outlooks, this will be the first ENSO-neutral summer since 2005–06.

The influence of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) on Australian rainfall is limited during summer and autumn, though near-record ocean temperatures off the northwest Australian coast may have at least a local influence. >> More

Posted 18 December 2012

En la importante disminución del ozono estratosférico sobre la Antártida durante la primavera austral (fenómeno conocido como “agujero de ozono”), desde hace ya algunos años se registra una mejoría. Existen evidencias de un retroceso gradual del daño en dicha capa de ozono. La recuperación gradual de la capa de ozono significa una reducción en los casos de cáncer de piel y cataratas en la población del hemisferio Sur. La recuperación es posible debido a la reducción en la emisión de sustancias químicas destructoras del ozono que son liberadas por la humanidad (mandato del Protocolo de Montreal en 1987). Este año, el "agujero de ozono" fue mucho menor, ya que las fluctuaciones naturales en los patrones del clima produjeron una estratosfera más cálida que en los últimos años. Este aumento de la
temperatura ha retrasado el desarrollo de las Nubes Estratosféricas Polares, que es donde se producen las reacciones químicas que están implicadas en la destrucción del ozono y que conduce al “agujero de ozono”.
Si bien el agotamiento de este año ha tenido una gran reducción, la variación en los patrones del clima son tales que en el futuro tendremos más destrucción que la que hubo durante este año. El retorno a que los niveles de ozono sean casi normales durante la primavera austral es lento, se espera que la recuperación se complete recién después de 2040. Los valiosos datos obtenidos en las estaciones de monitoreo de ozono con base en tierra Marambio y Ushuaia de Argentina, han sido utilizadas para verificar los datos de los satélites y los informes proporcionados por la agencia espacial de EE.UU. (NASA) y el Servicio Meteorológico de EE.UU. (NOAA).

Very heavy December rainfall in southwest Western Australia (Bureau of Meteorology, Australia )
Posted 17 December 2012


A deep surface trough interacted with a slow moving middle level low off the Western Australian west coast to produce widespread showers and thunderstorms across most of Western Australia from 10 to 13 December 2012. The middle level low was both slow moving, allowing moisture to build up over southwest Western Australia over a period of several days, and in phase with the surface trough, enhancing atmospheric instability. These factors combined to produce unusually heavy rainfall in southwest Western Australia over several days. >> More

Bulletin climatologique automne 2012 (MétéoSuisse)
Posted 17 December 2012

Selon les mesures de MétéoSuisse, l'automne 2012 s'est montré plus chaud que de coutume sur l'ensemble de la Suisse. On a relevé des quantités de précipitations généralement supérieures à la norme, tandis que le soleil a moins brillé que d'habitude. >> Suite

Canadian Arctic Sea Ice Reached Record Low in Summer 2012 (Environment Canada )
Posted 17 December 2012

Arctic sea ice reached record-breaking low extents during summer 2012, weeks before the end of the melt season. The previous record for the pan-Arctic sea ice minimum extent was set in September 2007 (4.2 million km2). That record was nearly broken in September 2011, when the sea ice extent shrank to 4.6 million km2. In mid-September 2012, the minimum extent reached 3.41 million km2, a new pan-Arctic sea ice minimum extent (based on the NSIDC 1979-2012 satellite record - source: NSIDC). >> More

Normal rainfall amounts are expected over most parts of Malawi during the
2012/2013 rainfall season (
Posted 17 December 2012

Climate scientists from the National Meteorological Services within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region, including Malawi, met from 13th to 22nd August 2012 in Harare, Zimbabwe. The aim of the meeting was to come up with a consensus forecast for the 2012/2013 rainfall season for the SADC region. This was presented to users at the Sixteenth Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-16) which took place from 23rd to 24th August 2012 at the same venue. The consensus rainfall forecast was prepared using national inputs with additional contributions from International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI, USA), European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF, UK), UK Met Office, SADC Climate Services Centre(CSC), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), and Climate Prediction Centre (CPC, USA). >> More

Se espera un déficit de lluvias de diciembre a febrero de 2013, de
acuerdo con pronóstico del SMN (
CONAGUA, Mexico )
Posted 17 December 2012

Las lluvias a nivel nacional serán menores a la climatología durante el mes de diciembre de 2012 y a lo largo de enero y febrero de 2013, según se estima en el pronóstico más reciente del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua).
Febrero de 2013 muestra las condiciones de menor precipitación durante este período, pues según las estimaciones se registrarían apenas 4 milímetros a nivel nacional de los 15 mm de precipitación que históricamente se observan en ese mes, lo que representa una caída de 75 por ciento. >> Mas

Reunión del foro de usuarios aeronaúticos (AEMet, Spain )
Posted 17 December 2012

Reunión del foro de usuarios aeronaúticos

El pasado 11 de diciembre tuvo lugar una reunión entre AEMET y los usuarios aeronáuticos de sus productos meteorológicos.

A la cita asistieron representantes de compañías aéreas (Iberia, Spanair y Pan Air), gestores aeroportuarios (Aena aeropuertos y Aeroports de Catalunya), proveedores de servicios ATS y de navegación aérea (Aena navegación aérea, FerroNATS y Saerco) así como de asociaciones (IATA) y organismos públicos (AESA y CIAIAC). Asimismo, acudió la autoridad nacional de supervisión de servicios meteorológicos, que recae en la Secretaria de Estado de Medio Ambiente (MAGRAMA). >> Mas


UK Met Office to work with Vietnam to improve their weather and climate services (UK MetOffice)
Posted 10 December 2012


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed to enable the Met Office to assist MONROE, the Department for Hydrology, Meteorology and Climate change (DHMCC), the National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology Forecast (NCHMF), and Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN) improve its weather and climate forecasting on short, seasonal and long range time scales through a range of technical assistance projects, training and consultancy services.

This will involve developing climate services, conducting climate change research, improving the accuracy of meteorological and hydrological forecasting, and enhancing environmental protection. >> More

A mild November ended in a blizzard (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Posted 5 December 2012

Photo: Antonin Halas Photo: Antonin Halas

November was milder than average in the whole country. The highest temperature anomaly was in Lapland, where November was locally over four degrees warmer than average.

The highest temperature of 9.4 °C was recorded at Jomalaby on the 15th. The lowest temperature of -30.0 °C was recorded at Kittilä on the 30th of November. >> More

The 140th Anniversary of the Shanghai Xujiahui Observatory
Posted 5 December 2012

Shanghai Xujiahui Observatory, a multi-functional observatory was established in 1872. It has been called “the No.1 meteorological observatory in the Far East” at that time and has played a significant role in the international meteorological history. Xujiahui Observatory also has been highly praised by the international community.

Shanghai Xujiahui Observatory witnessed the Chinese modern meteorological history. It gives us lots of precious data such as the meteorological building with history of over 100 years and the unique style. Its scientific and cultural values are of great importance. Xujiahui Observatory started to observe weather from December, 1872. In 1879, it issued typhoon forecast for the 1st time. In 1882, it released weather forecast in both Chinese and English newspaper which included not only Chinese meteorological report, but also report for northern and southwestern Asia. In 1884, the signal tower in the bund in Shanghai was built. In 1895, China's 1st surface weather map for East Asia was produced there. In the end of the 19th century, its contact network reached Siberia in the north, Manila in the south, Japan in the east and India Peninsular in the west. Meanwhile, Xujiahui Observatory also released weather information for the meteorological observatories in Chinese coastal areas and sailing ships and gained gratefulness of navigators for the meteorological report. From March 1 of 1920, after releasing daily weather report by radio, Xujiahui Observatory started to release upper air conditions at 11:00 and 17:00 every day. >> More

Busy 2012 hurricane season continues decades-long high activity era in the Atlantic(NOAA, USA )
Posted 5 December 2012

2012 hurricane season animation. Credit: NOAA

November 30 marks the end of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season, one that produced 19 named storms, of which 10 became hurricanes and one became a major hurricane.  The number of named storms is well above the average of 12. The number of hurricanes is also above the average of six, but the number of major hurricanes is below the average of three. 

Based on the combined number, intensity, and duration of all tropical storms and hurricanes, NOAA classifies the season as above-normal.  2012 was an active year, but not exceptionally so as there were 10 busier years in the last three decades. >> More

Llega a su fin temporada de ciclones tropicales y lluvias 2012 (CONAGUA )
Posted 5 December 2012

La temporada de ciclones tropicales 2012, que concluye mañana 30 de noviembre, resultó muy superior al promedio al registrarse en ambos océanos 36 de estos fenómenos, de los cuales seis afectaron directamente a la República Mexicana, informó el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua).
Como consecuencia en parte de esta situación, se estima que las lluvias a nivel nacional terminarán 2012 con un registro anual de alrededor de 740 milímetros, lo que representa aproximadamente 5 por ciento menos que el promedio histórico, de 773 mm.
En 2011 se registraron 697 mm de precipitación, es decir, casi 11 por ciento menos que
la media, lo que ubicó ese año como el decimotercero más seco de la historia. >> Mas

Temporada invernal dentro de los rangos normales en temperaturas,
heladas y frentes fríos, pronostica el SMN (CONAGUA )
Posted 5 December 2012

La temporada invernal 2012-2013 se ubicará dentro de los rangos históricos normales en la mayor parte de la República Mexicana, aunque en el norte y particularmente en el
noroeste del país las temperaturas mínimas serán ligeramente superiores al promedio y podría haber menos días con heladas, según los análisis más recientes del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua
Asimismo, se estima que las lluvias a nivel nacional serán
inferiores al promedio histórico en alrededor de 20 por ciento desde noviembre de 2012 hasta marzo de 2013, con variaciones según la región. >> Mas

Bilan provisoire de l’année 2012 (MétéoFrance)
Posted 5 December 2012

Qu'il s'agisse des températures, des précipitations ou de l'ensoleillement, l'année 2012 s'annonce globalement sur la France comme assez proche de la normale.

Légèrement inférieure à la normale* sur le quart nord-ouest du pays, la température moyenne est supérieure sur le Sud-Est. Ce contraste géographique est encore plus marqué en ce qui concerne les températures maximales. Moyennée sur l'ensemble de la France et sur les 11 premiers mois de l'année, la température moyenne annuelle est proche de la normale*. >> suite

Rapport climatologique 2011 (Office fédéral de la météorologie et de la climatologie MétéoSuisse)
Posted 5 December 2012

En termes d'évolution à long terme du climat, l'année 2011, extrêmement chaude, a contribué une nouvelle fois à l'élévation des températures en Suisse, tant en ce qui concerne l'ensemble de l'année que les quatre saisons.

Pour l'année complète et l'hiver, l'évolution à long terme des précipitations montre une tendance à la hausse des sommes de précipitations. Les autres saisons ne présentent aucune modification à long terme des sommes de précipitations. Sur le versant sud des Alpes, aucune modification à long terme des précipitations n'est observée tant au niveau des sommes annuelles que des sommes saisonnières. >> Suite

Extreme November heat in eastern Australia (Climate Information Services, Bureau of Meteorology - Australia )
Posted 5 December 2012


One of the most significant spring heatwaves on record affected large parts of eastern Australia in the last week of November 2012. Temperatures reached levels not previously observed at this time of year in many areas, particularly in northern Victoria and southern inland New South Wales, and a record was set for the highest spring temperature on record in Victoria.

The event started with a build-up of extreme heat in central Australia over the weekend of 24-25 November. This was the latest of a sequence of extreme heat events in the region over the course of spring 2012 which was the hottest on record for average maximum temperatures over much of outback South Australia. The first day over 45 °C for the event occurred on 25 November, when Oodnadatta reached 45.6 °C, and temperatures remained in the low to mid-40s in northern South Australia, and adjacent parts of Queensland and New South Wales, for the next three days. Marree Airport in South Australia reached 45.5 °C on the 26th and 44.1 °C on the 28th. >> More

Three Months Weather Forecast for Thailand
December 2012 – February 2013 (Thai Meteorological Department)
Posted 5 December 2012

Upper Thailand December and January, high pressure area from China will extend its ridge to cover the upper Thailand, mainly stronger more continuously. Consequently, the temperature will become cool or cold weather almost everywhere with morning fog in the Northern Region and the Northeastern Region. In addition, it will be very cold in some places at times. In case of the Central Region and the Eastern Region, it will be cool weather with morning fog all over both regions while cold weather in some places at times. For mountainous areas, it will be cold or very cold weather throughout the period. Moreover, hoarfrosts are also
expected at times.

February, high pressure area from China will still extend its ridged to cover the upper Thailand periodically. It’s will be weaken and not continuously. But It’s rather strength in some period. Causing, Its will be warming and dense fog in various areas. However cool to cold weather will persist almost everywhere in morning, mainly in the first half of the month especially the upper portion of Northern Region and the Northeastern Region. >> More

New weather information web page for senior citizens (Hong Kong Observatory )
Posted 5 December 2012

Figure 1

The Hong Kong Observatory and the Senior Citizen Home Safety Association held a press conference today (December 3) to remind the public, in particular senior citizens and persons with chronic medical conditions, to prepare for the cold season.

To better meet the needs and interests of the elderly for weather information, a new web page "Weather Information for Senior Citizens" was also inaugurated today.

The Assistant Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Dr Cheng Cho-ming, said that changes in weather, in particular cold conditions in winter, may have significant health impacts on the elderly. >> More

Bilan provisoire de l'automne 2012 (MétéoFrance)
Posted 29 November 2012

L'automne 2012, globalement doux, a été marqué par un temps très agité, avec une succession de perturbations qui ont largement arrosé un grand quart nord-ouest de l'Hexagone, des pluies diluviennes sur les Pyrénées et dans le Sud-Est, et des épisodes de vent violent.

La température moyennée sur l'automne a été légèrement inférieure à la normale* sur le nord-ouest du pays et le piémont pyrénéen, mais supérieure à celle-ci sur le reste du pays. Moyennée sur l'ensemble du territoire et sur l'automne, la température est légèrement supérieure à la normale*, avec une anomalie proche de +0.4 °C. >> suite

Résultats du projet Epicea : impact du changement climatique sur l’agglomération parisienne et stratégies d’adaptation (MétéoFrance)
Posted 25 October 2012

Les résultats du projet Epicea (Etude pluridisciplinaire des impacts du changement climatique à l’échelle de l’agglomération parisienne) ont été présentés aujourd’hui à l’occasion des Journées Parisiennes de l’Energie et du Climat organisées par la Ville de Paris. Le projet Epicea a été mené conjointement par Météo-France et le Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB) pour apporter un éclairage scientifique sur de possibles adaptations du territoire face au changement climatique. Dévolu aux questions d'aménagement à long terme, de météorologie urbaine et d’impact du réchauffement climatique sur la capitale, le projet Epicea a été financé par la Ville de Paris. Il entre dans le cadre du programme de recherche "Paris 2030". >> suite

Disminuye notablemente superficie afectada por la sequía meteorológica en México, según registros del SMN (CONAGUA )
Posted 25 October 2012

A lo largo de 2012 se ha registrado en México una notable disminución de la sequía meteorológica, que en enero se extendía a casi el 70 por ciento del territorio nacional y para septiembre afectó en diversos grados a poco menos del 35 por ciento del país, según un análisis del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua).
De acuerdo con la información analizada hasta el 30 de septiembre de este año, 65.37 por ciento de la República Mexicana no presenta ningún grado de sequía,
mientras que al iniciar 2012 solamente 31 por ciento del territorio no mostraba
ninguna afectación. >> Mas

National Archives team up with citizen-scientists to reconstruct historical climate of the Arctic (NOAA, USA )
Posted 24 October 2012

 Before there were satellites, weather data transmitters, or computer databases, there were the ship’s logs of Arctic sea voyages, where sailors dutifully recording weather observations. Now, a new crowdsourcing effort could soon make of the  weather data from these ship logs, some more than 150 years old, available to climate scientists worldwide.

NOAA, National Archives and Records Administration, Zooniverse—a citizen science web portal—and other partners are seeking volunteers to transcribe a newly digitized set of ship logs dating to 1850. The ship logs, preserved by NARA, are from U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Revenue Cutter voyages in the Arctic between 1850 and the World War II era. >> More


La Météopole accueille de nouvelles infrastructures dédiées à
l’observation météorologique et climatique (MétéoFrance)
Posted 19 October 2012

Le 17 octobre 2012, les nouvelles infrastructures de la Météopole dédiées à l’observation météorologique et climatique ont été inaugurées par Henri-Michel Comet, Préfet de la région Midi-Pyrénées et Préfet de Haute-Garonne, et François Jacq, Président-directeur général de Météo-France, en présence des acteurs du projet. >> Suite

Tropical cyclone outlook released, communities urged to prepare early (Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Government)
Posted 19 October 2012

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued its tropical cyclone seasonal outlook today, reminding communities in Australia's northern coastal regions to prepare now for the coming wet season.

Bureau of Meteorology Climate Prediction Manager, Dr Andrew Watkins, said advances in the science of climate prediction allow us to accurately gauge the likelihood of above or below average tropical cyclone activity, and better inform severe weather planning.

"The overall outlook is for a return to near average, or slightly below average, tropical cyclone activity, but this does not mean we can afford to be complacent about the risks," said Dr Watkins. >> More

Canadian Arctic Sea Ice Reached Record Low in Summer 2012 (Environment Canada)
Posted 19 October 2012

Time series of minimum sea ice coverage in Northern Canadian Waters, for each summer since 1971. Note that the week of the actual minimum ice coverage varies from year to year.  In the graph above, Percentage Ice Cover refers to the percent of the red area in the inset map that is covered with sea ice. The actual area of the red region indicated on the map is 3,747,890 km2.

Time series of minimum sea ice coverage in Northern Canadian Waters, for each summer since 1971. Note that the week of the actual minimum ice coverage varies from year to year.  In the graph above,Percentage Ice Coverrefers to the percent of the red area in the inset map that is covered with sea ice. The actual area of the red region indicated in the inset map is 3,747,890 km2.

Arctic sea ice reached record-breaking low extents during summer 2012, weeks before the end of the melt season. The previous record for the pan-Arctic sea ice minimum extent was set in September 2007 (4.2 million km2). That record was nearly broken in September 2011, when the sea ice extent shrank to 4.6 million km2. In mid-September 2012, the minimum extent reached 3.41 million km2, a new pan-Arctic sea ice minimum extent (based on the NSIDC 1979-2012 satellite record - source: NSIDC). >> More

CMA steps up surface observation automation (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 19 October 2012

On October 18, the achievements exchange conference on reform and adjustment of surface air observation automation was held in Beijing. Dr. Yu Rucong, Deputy Administrator of CMA attended this conference and made a speech.

Since 2010, China's surface observations automation made significant progress. According to the CMA related work program, the first stage of reform and adjustment of surface air observation operation has gained a complete success such as in automatic observation techniques and equipment of visibility and solid precipitation. The observational data has been applied. The automatic observations of clouds and weather phenomenon have yielded good results. And the integrated operational platform (Version 1.0) has been successfully completed. >> More

IDEAM y Minambiente instalan segundo solmáforo en Bogotá D.C. (IDEAM, Colombia)
Posted 19 October 2012

IDEAM y Minambiente instalan segundo solmáforo en Bogotá D.C.,

El Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible conjuntamente con el IDEAM, instalaron un nuevo “solmáforo” en Bogotá D.C., equipo dotado de alta tecnología, que tiene la capacidad de medir de manera directa la intensidad de los rayos solares y la radiación UV, presentando los datos, registros y nivel de exposición mediante colores que van desde intensidad baja hasta extremadamente alta, indicando la protección recomendada para la población. 
 “Este nuevo solmáforo permitirá contar con mayor información para que toda la ciudadanía conozca los niveles de radiación ultravioleta y esté atenta a las medidas preventivas que se deben tomar, en caso de que sean superados los límites normales de radiación UV. Ya son más de cinco los equipos instalados en ciudades como Cartagena, Pasto, Medellín y Bogotá”, manifestó María Teresa Martínez, Subdirectora de Meteorología del IDEAM. >> Mas

Drought and Flood Monitor Bulletin (NIGERIAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY)
Posted 19 October 2012

As expected, the month of September was wetter than August. While normal rainfall condition prevailed over greater parts of the country particularly in the North-western area, mild to moderate wet conditions were observed over places like Minna, Kaduna, Zaria, Nguru, Maiduguri and Yola extending to Makurdi North and Oshogbo, Benin, Enugu, Owerri, Calabar and parts of Port Harcourt in the South. Bauchi experienced extreme wetness. Pockets of mild to moderate dryness were also observed at Gusau, Potiskum, Lokoja, Warri and Ikom. >> More

Portail DRIAS les futurs du climat : des projections régionalisées sur la France (MétéoFrance)
Posted 19 October 2012

Comment se manifestera le changement climatique dans 30 ans à Lille, Strasbourg et Marseille ? Le portail DRIAS* les futurs du climat apporte la réponse aux acteurs socio-économiques concernés par l’adaptation au changement climatique : il fournit des projections climatiques régionalisées réalisées par les laboratoires français de recherche sur le climat. 

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Elusive El Niño challenges NOAA’s 2012 U.S. Winter Outlook (NOAA, USA)
Posted 19 October 2012

Credit: NOAA

The western half of the continental U.S. and central and northern Alaska could be in for a warmer-than-average winter, while most of Florida might be colder-than-normal December through February, according to NOAA’s annual Winter Outlook announced today from the agency’s new Center for Weather and Climate Prediction in College Park, Md.

Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say a wavering El Niño, expected to have developed by now, makes this year’s winter outlook less certain than previous years. 

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September 2012, the driest September on record for Dominica (Dominica Meteorological Service)
Posted 12 October 2012

The month of September 2012 has brought with it exceptionally low rainfall amounts this year which has shattered records for the two manned meteorological stations on the island. The Canefield Airport on the south-west coast and the Melville Hall Airport on the north-east coast has been recording data for the past 30 years and 41 years, respectively.

Canefield Airport

September, notably the wettest month at the Canefield station, has been the driest month for 2012 thus far with a rainfall accumulation of 31.9 mm - a mere Thirteen (13) percent of the monthly average total of 253.7 mm. The Canefield station was greeted with a ten- day dry spell which began on the first (01st) and ended on the tenth (10th). The maximum daily total was 18.5mm, which occurred on the 26th during a period when the area was affected by a low level trough. In total, twenty-four (24) dry days were experienced, that is, eleven (11) more days than the mean number of dry days. The month was generally warmer, recording 0.7° Celsius greater than the monthly average which is 29.4°Celsius.

Melville Hall Airport

September total rainfall at Melville Hall was 94.3 mm. This was only thirty percent (30%) of the monthly average total of 319.1mm. The maximum daily total was 41.4mm and occurred on the 17th as a result of the passage of a Tropical wave. There were twenty (20) dry days for the entire month which is twice the average amount. The average daylight temperature for the month was 0.3° Celsius above the mean which is 28.9° Celsius. The maximum temperature of 34.3° Celsius was also a record high for September at Melville Hall.


Un nouveau radar météorologique à Jabbeke ( Institut Royal Météorologique de Belgique )
Posted 1 October 2012

Ce 19 septembre 2012 s'est tenue l'inauguration officielle du nouveau radar météorologique de l'IRM, à Jabbeke, en Flandre Occidentale. Cet événement majeur pour l'IRM s'est déroulé en présence du Ministre de la Politique Scientifique Fédérale, Paul Magnette, du Secrétaire d'Etat à la Régie des Bâtiments, Servais Verherstraeten, du Secrétaire d'Etat à la Fonction publique, Hendrik Bogaert, du Gouverneur de la Province de Flandre Occidentale, Carl Decaluwé et du bourgmestre de Jabbeke, Daniël Vanhessche. >> suite

El modelo futuro de desarrollo económico debe incluir los recursos naturales en una óptica del largo plazo (Instituto de Hidrologia, Meteorologia y Estudios ambientales, IDEAM)
Posted 1 October 2012

El modelo futuro de desarrollo económico debe incluir los recursos naturales en una óptica del largo plazo

Bogotá D.C., septiembre 21 de 2012 (IDEAM): En el marco del cierre del III Congreso Nacional del Clima 2012 "Clima y Energía", motores del desarrollo económico, se adelantó un importante debate final, para analizar el futuro modelo de desarrollo económico que se debe promover en Colombia, moderado por María Alejandra Villamizar, Directora de Confidencial Colombia; y con la activa participación de reconocidos expertos nacionales como Carlos Gustavo Cano, Codirector del Banco de la República; Salomón Kalmanovitz, Decano de ciencias económico administrativas de la Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano; Santiago Madriñán, Presidente Ejecutivo de Cecodes; Lucio Rubio, Presidente de Endesa y Ricardo José Lozano, Director General del IDEAM. >> Mas

Warmer and more rainfall in this flood season (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 1 October 2012

In this flood season, China has seen higher temperature and more rainfall than normal years, said the spokesman of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) at the monthly press conference on September 28.
Since July first, the mean temperature of China is 20.4 degrees Celsius, which is higher than the normal temperature (20.0 degrees Celsius). Lower temperature has happened in southern Northeast China, central-eastern Inner Mongolia, North China, and eastern Southwest China. In northern Xinjiang and isolated Tibet, the temperature is 1-2 degrees higher. >> More

Current status of Monsoon 2012 and Forecast for next one week (India Meteorological Department)
Posted 1 October 2012

The southwest monsoon has withdrawn from parts of northwest India on 24th September against its normal date 1st September. Subsequently, the southwest monsoon withdrew from most parts of northwest India and parts of Gujarat State and west Madhya Pradesh.
The withdrawal line of monsoon passes through Lat. 29.0° N / Long. 81.0° E, Kheri,Kanpur, Guna, Ratlam, Vallabh Vidhyanagar, Porbandar, Lat. 21.0° N / Long. 67.0° E and Lat. 21.0°N / Long. 60.0° E. The map showing withdrawal line is given in Annexure I.
During the week (20- 26 September), active to vigorous monsoon conditions along with heavy to very rainfall were experienced over the parts of northeast India during many days of the week.
The sharp reduction in rainfall over the north and central parts of the country caused the seasonal rainfall deficiency on all India scale to increase from -5% to -7%, by the end of the week. >> More

Experts from Chinese mainland and Taiwan discussed cooperation (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 1 October 2012

On September 26, over 50 meteorological experts and scholars from Chinese mainland and Taiwan gathered together in Fuzhou to participate in the seminar of research products publication of meteorological technological cooperation between Chinese mainland and Taiwan in order to discuss meteorological technological issues such as typhoon research and rainfall research in the plum rain season and the cooperation in meteorological services and development of cooperative research in the future. >> More

Drought and Flood Monitor Bulletin (Nigerian Meteorological Agency)
Posted 1 October 2012

Unlike the usual trend in August, only few areas in the North like Kano, Nguru, Zaria,
Minna and environs experienced severe to extreme wet conditions during the month;
other parts of the region witnessed mild to moderate dry conditions especially over
Sokoto, Gusau, Yelwa, Ibi, Bauchi. The rest of the country had normal rainfall except for
Warri and its environs. It is significant to note the severe to extreme dry condition over Jos
especially after the extreme wetter than normal condition in the months of June and July. >> More

Bulletin climatologique septembre 2012 (MétéoSuisse)
Posted 1 October 2012

En septembre 2012, MétéoSuisse a mesuré des températures légèrement supérieures à la norme de référence 1961-1990, notamment au Sud des Alpes et sur les sommets alpins. D’une manière générale, les sommes d’ensoleillement et de précipitations se sont peu écartées des normes.

Après un début froid et humide, une première décade encore estivale Le 1er septembre s’est partout montré gris et pluvieux, notamment dans le Jura et en Suisse centrale. Les températures étaient très fraîches pour la période avec des maximales juste en dessous des 20 degrés au Tessin. Au Nord, elles étaient comprises entre 12 et 16 degrés. Les jours suivants, les régions de plaine sont restées sous l’influence d’air relativement humide sous forme de nuages bas entraînés par la bise en raison d’une dépression sur l’Italie et la Méditerranée occidentale. Ces nuages bas affectaient également les Préalpes centrales, si bien qu’au Napf, le soleil n’a brillé que pendant 4 minutes au cours des 6 premiers jours du mois. Des nuages bas recouvraient également le Sud des Alpes, notamment les 3 et 4 septembre. En revanche, le temps était agréable en montagne dès le 2 septembre déjà. Toutes les régions ont bénéficié d’une hausse des températures jusqu’au 4 septembre où des valeurs maximales entre 20 et 25 degrés ont été relevées. En Valais et au Tessin, les maximales ont dépassé les 25 degrés le 5 septembre et à la station de Grono au Sud des Grisons, on a mesuré une valeur de 31.2 degrés le 6 septembre. Des orages estivaux ont éclaté l’après-midi du 5 septembre dans les Grisons, au Tessin, en Valais et dans la région des Diablerets. >> suite

Three Months Weather Forecast for Thailand - October – December 2012 (Thai Meteorological Department)
Posted 1 October 2012

Upper Thailand October Weather pattern is expected to vary during the first half of the month. There will be widely scattered or scattered thundershowers together with isolated heavy rainfalls on some certain days, mostly in the Central Region and the Eastern Region. Then, a high pressure area from China will occasionally extend its ridge to cover the Northern Region as well as the Northeastern Region. As a result, cool mornings will be noticed, especially in the Northern Region and the Northeastern Region.

November A high pressure area from China will occasionally extend its ridge to cover upper Thailand and become rather strong at times. Such feature will cause thundershowers and gusty winds in some locations at the beginning before temperature will decrease. Therefore, cool mornings will be observed in almost all areas of the Northern Region and the Northeastern Region, while the same situation will occur in just some areas of the Central Region and the Eastern Region.>> More

Launch of an Optimized Version of the SWIdget Service for the Severe Weather Information Centre (Hong Kong Observatory)
Posted 1 October 2012

A new version (2.1) of the SWIdget service of the Severe Weather Information Centre (SWIC) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is launched today (28 September 2012). The SWIdget now provides weather warnings from seven weather services, viz. Hong Kong, Macao, Guam, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Guangdong province of China in a near real-time manner. >> More

Bonnes perspectives des récoltes au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest (Centre Régional AGRHYMET)
Posted 26 September 2012

Le mois d’août 2012 a été caractérisé par une poursuite des pluies abondantes par endroits dans le Sahel et par des niveaux des cours d’eaux élevés malgré un début de retrait des eaux des terres inondées. De bonnes perspectives de récolte se dessinent dans l’ensemble des pays du CILSS. Toutefois, les conditions hydriques sont toujours favorables au développement et à la reproduction du criquet pélerin. >> suite

1 - 2 October 2012: 1st Regional Seasonal Weather Forecasting Forum (Météo-France)
Posted 2 October 2012

Météo France, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC, Acclimate Project) and the World
Meteorological Organization (WMO) are organizing a sub-regional forum in Saint-Denis (La
Reunion Island) on 1st and 2nd October, with a view to reaching a consensus on Summer
2012-2013 weather forecasting.

By better anticipating the meteorological events that may take place in the area in the three
coming months, we can strengthen the IOC islands’ resilience. With this aim in view, this South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum (SWIOCOF) will convene meteorologists from IOC member states (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island/France, Seychelles), managers of climate risk-sensitive sectors (environment, fisheries, health, natural hazard prevention), and observers from surrounding countries (Tanzania, SADC, Sri Lanka, India). It is being preceded by a 24-28 September pre-forum for climatologists. >> More

1er forum de prévision saisonnière au sud-ouest de l’océan Indien (Météo-France)
Posted 26 September 2012

Météo France, la COI (projet Acclimate) et l’Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM) organisent un forum régional du 1er au 2 octobre à Saint-Denis (La Réunion), pour dégager un consensus sur les prévisions météo de l’été 2012-2013. Mieux anticiper les événements météo qui pourront survenir dans la région dans les 3 prochains mois permettra de renforcer la résilience des îles de la COI.

A cette fin, ce « South West Indian Ocean Climate Outlook Forum » (SWIOCOF) va réunir des météorologues des pays membres de la Commission de l’océan Indien (Comores, Madagascar, Maurice, La Réunion/France, Seychelles), des responsables de secteurs sensibles aux aléas climatiques (environnement, pêche, santé, prévention des risques naturels), et des observateurs de pays limitrophes (Tanzanie, SADC, Sri Lanka, Inde). Il est précédé d'un pré-forum, à destination des climatologues, du 24 au 28 septembre.  >> suite

Japan Meteorological Agency launches new English-language contents:(Japan Meteorological Agency)
Posted 20 September 2012

Japan Meteorological Agency launches new English-language contents: State of the Ocean Climate with details on sea surface temperature (global), sea surface temperature (around Japan), global ocean heat content, sea level (around Japan), sea ice in Arctic and Antarctic areas, sea ice in the Sea of Okhotsk ; and Ocean Carbon Cycle with details on annual changes in oceanic and atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations in the western north Pacific, carbon dioxide exchange in the Pacific Ocean, and column inventory of oceanic carbon dioxide in the western North Pacific


Programme HyMeX : mieux prévoir les événements extrêmes du pourtour méditerranéen (MétéoFrance)
Posted 20 September 2012

Le programme international de recherche HyMeX vise à mieux comprendre le cycle de l’eau en Méditerranée afin d’améliorer la prévision des risques hydrométéorologiques et la simulation de leur évolution dans les prochaines décennies. Pluies intenses et crues rapides, vents violents et sécheresses affectent en effet sévèrement tout le pourtour méditerranéen. 
Coordonné par Météo-France et le CNRS, HyMeX rassemble près de 400 scientifiques d’une vingtaine de pays. La première campagne de mesures intensives se déroulera du 5 septembre au 6 novembre 2012. L’objectif : collecter le maximum de données sur toute la Méditerranée nord-occidentale, en France, en Italie et en Espagne. 


David Grimes paid visits in Jiangsu and Shanghai (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 20 September 2012

On September 14-17, delegates from Environment Canada paid visits to Jiangsu and Shanghai meteorological departments, accompanied by CMA Deputy Administrator Shen Xiaonong. The delegation was led by Mr. David Grimes, the President of WMO, Assistant Deputy Minister and Head of Environment Canada's Meteorological Service.

In Jiangsu the visiting delegation investigated the construction of meteorological modernization, addressing climate change, decision-making & public meteorological services.


State of the Climate Global Analysis August 2012(NOAA, USA)
Posted 20 September 2012

Temperature anomalies and percentiles are shown on the gridded maps below. The anomaly map on the left is a product of a merged land surface temperature (Global Historical Climatology Network, GHCN) and sea surface temperature (ERSST.v3b) anomaly analysis developed by Smith et al. (2008). Temperature anomalies for land and ocean are analyzed separately and then merged to form the global analysis. For more information, please visit NCDC's Global Surface Temperature Anomalies page. The August 2012 Global State of the Climate report introduces percentile maps that complement the information provided by the anomaly maps. These new maps on the right provide additional information by placing the temperature anomaly observed for a specific place and time period into historical perspective, showing how the most current month, season or year compares with the past.


Dr Rob Vertessy to head Bureau of Meteorology (Australia's Bureau of Meteorology)
Posted 20 September 2012

Senator Don Farrell

Renowned water scientist Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed director of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology, Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, announced today.

Dr Vertessy, who was appointed Deputy Director of the Bureau (Climate and Water) in 2007, has been acting as Director since December last year.


Current status of Monsoon 2012 and Forecast for next one week (Government of India)
Posted 20 September 2012

Highlights of the last week:

Monsoon trough remained active and south of its normal position during most days of the week resulting active to vigorous monsoon conditions over the parts of central India, south Peninsula and northwest India during many days of the week.

The country as a whole received above normal rainfall on most days of the week.

Seasonal rainfall country as a whole further improved by 2% as compared to previous week.



NOAA: Contiguous U.S. experiences third hottest summer on record
Posted 11 September 2012

According to NOAA scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during August was 74.4°F, 1.6°F above the long-term average, marking the 16th warmest August on record. The warmer-than-average August, in combination with the hottest July and a warmer-than-average June, contributed to the third hottest summer on record since recordkeeping began in 1895.

The summer season's (June-August) nationally-averaged temperature was 74.4°F, 2.3°F above the 20th century average. Only the summers of 2011 (74.5°F) and 1936 (74.6°F) had higher temperatures for the Lower 48.

The August nationally-averaged precipitation total of 2.59 inches was near the long-term average. The Southwest and Southeast were wetter than average and the Northwest and the Northern Plains were drier than average. As of August 28th, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 63 percent of the contiguous U.S. continued to experience drought conditions.


Hong Kong "My Observatory" enhanced with trial version of location-based rain forecast
Posted 11 September 2012

To further enhance personalized weather services, the Observatory launched on a trial basis the "Location-based Rain Forecast" on the mobile app "MyObservatory". Users can now easily get hold of the rainfall forecast in the coming two hours specific to their actual or selected location. The service is made available on the "MyObservatory" on both the iPhone/iPad platform (version 4.0) and the Android platform (version 3.0).

The trial "Location-based Rain Forecast" is generated automatically by computer without any manual adjustment. The main purpose is to enable users to receive as soon as possible the latest rainfall prediction for their reference, so as to help them better arrange their daily activities or plan outdoor activities.

The personalized weather service "MyObservatory" has been well-received since its launch in March 2010. The total number of page views has exceeded 6.4 billion by August 2012.


Kenya Meteoroligcal Department: Climate Outlook for 2012 Short Rains
Posted 11 September 2012

The climate outlook for the 2012 "Short Rains" (October, November, December) indicates that much of the country is likely to experience enhanced rainfall. This will be driven mainly by the warming of the Sea Surface Temperures (SSTs) in the Western Equatorial Indian Ocean adjacent to the East African coastline, coupled with cooler than avearge SSTs in the Eastern Equatorial Indian Ocean adjacent to Australia (the so-called positive Indian Ocean Dipole. The distribution of rainfall in time and space is expected to be generally good.


México: Lluvias cercanas al promedio en septiembre y octubre, pero
inferiores en noviembre, pronostica el SMN
Posted 11 September 2012

Las lluvias a nivel nacional se mantendrán muy cerca de su promedio histórico a lo
largo de septiembre y octubre, pero durante noviembre se prevé una considerable
reducción en comparación con el promedio histórico, sobre todo en el occidente y
el litoral del Océano Pacífico, de acuerdo con el análisis del Servicio Meteorológico
Nacional (SMN).
Durante agosto el promedio de precipitación nacional rebasó en 19 por ciento la
cifra que históricamente se observa en ese mes, de 138.9 milímetros (mm), al
ubicarse en 164.8 mm. Esto se debió principalmente a la presencia de varios
ciclones y ondas tropicales tanto en el Pacífico como en el Atlántico, algunos de
los cuales generaron cantidades importantes de precipitaciones en el país.


AEMET: Agosto, el segundo más cálido y el tercero más seco
Posted 11 September 2012

05/09/2012  Agosto ha sido extremadamente cálido, con una media de 25,4 ºC que supera en 2,0 ºC el valor normal y se convierte en el segundo mes de agosto más cálido de la serie histórica. En cuanto a precipitaciones, este mes ha resultado muy seco, con una media de 9 mm que supone poco más de la tercera parte del valor medio, siendo el tercer mes de agosto más seco desde 1961

A lo largo del mes de agosto predominó la circulación zonal alta, de verano, en el Atlántico norte, con una dorsal suave sobre el oeste de Europa y embolsamiento de aire cálido sobre la Península y el Mediterráneo occidental. En superficie, los sistemas de bajas presiones que se formaron en latitudes altas apenas llegaron a afectar a algo más que la costa Cantábrica, mientras que el resto de la Península y las Baleares se mantuvieron con un aire estable y en calma.



CMA: Temperature of August in China was higher and precipitation less
Posted 4 September 2012

The mean temperature of August was higher than the normal years. Some places suffered heat wave. As for the precipitation, it was less than the normal years while different places had different conditions. The coastal area of eastern China suffered regional extreme rainfall.

In August, the mean temperature of China was 21.4℃, 0.5℃ higher than the normal 20.9℃. In August, east part of Southwest China and the coastal area of southeast China suffered 18 extreme high temperature events. As for precipitation, the mean precipitation of China was 87.7mm, which was less than the normal years (102.5mm) by 14.4%. Influenced by typhoons, 47 stations of China got extreme continuous rainfall events in Liaoning, Hebei, Shandong and etc.

Experts suggest that September is a transitional month of summer and autumn. Northwest, Northeast and North China are in autumn while south of the Yangtze and South China are still in the flood season. The coastal area of Southeast China should concern the activities of typhoon and strengthen typhoon prevention work. Meanwhile, cold air will intensify in September. So the public people should pay attention to weather change. (Sep 3)



CMA: 8th Session of Sino-Russian meteorological scientific and technological cooperation
Posted 4 September 2012

On September 3, Administrator of CMA Zheng Guoguang and other members of the delegation, who was to participate in the 8th session of Sino-Russian meteorological scientific and technological cooperation in Obninsk, visited Russian “typhoon” research and production association and listened to the comprehensive introduction of the working conditions.

Currently, the 8th session of Sino-Russian meteorological scientific and technological cooperation is held in Obninsk, Russia. On behalf of CMA and Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Dr. Zheng Guoguang and Dr. Frolov led the delegations to participate in the meeting. The 2 delegations aim to exchange views on the latest developments of Chinese and Russian meteorological departments, review the progresses of the bilateral cooperation projects in the past 2 years and discuss the future cooperative projects and fields in the coming 2 years.



The Finnish Meteorological Institute is increasing cooperation in the Himalayan region
Posted 3 September 2012

Photo: Emmi Lehikoinen

David Molden, Director General, and Eklabaya Sharma, Director, Programme Operations, of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) visited the Finnish Meteorological Institute on 29 August. The visit was prompted by more extensive cooperation between the Meteorological Institute and ICIMOD.

On 29 August 2012, the Finnish Meteorological Institute and ICIMOD signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will intensify cooperation aimed at enhancing hydrometeorological knowledge and preparation for natural disasters in the Himalayan region. The Memorandum of Understanding creates a formal framework for cooperation between the two organisations



Météo-France: l'été météorologique: (Juin-Juillet-Août)
Posted 3 September 2012

La France a connu cette année un début d'été maussade sur de nombreuses régions, très humide sur la moitié nord en juin et frais sur l'ensemble du pays en juillet. Les conditions se sont ensuite sensiblement améliorées avec un mois d'août sec, chaud et ensoleillé.

Après un mois de juin contrasté, plutôt frais sur le nord-ouest du pays mais relativement chaud au sud, le mois de juillet a été frais et le mois d’août chaud sur la plupart des régions. Moyennée sur l’ensemble de l’été, la température a été sensiblement supérieure à la normale sur le Sud-Est, mais proche voire même inférieure à celle-ci sur le Nord-Ouest. Sur l’ensemble du pays, la température moyenne a été supérieure de 0,3 °C à la normale*.

Les précipitations ont été assez contrastées. Suite aux pluies abondantes de juin et juillet, on enregistre des précipitations excédentaires dans le nord-ouest et du nord de la région Rhône-Alpes au sud de l’Alsace. Inversement, elles ont été généralement déficitaires du Sud-Ouest à la Lorraine. Le déficit atteint environ 50% sur le Roussillon et la région Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, et est encore plus marqué sur la Corse où il dépasse parfois 75 %. Sur l’ensemble de la France, la quantité d’eau recueillie est conforme à la normale*.

L'ensoleillement a été légèrement déficitaire sur le nord du pays, mais plutôt excédentaire sur la moitié sud.



UK Met Office: Summer 2012 expected to be wettest in 100 years
Posted 3 September 2012

Figures up to the 29 August show that 366.8 mm of rain fell across the UK. It is not expected that rainfall this summer will exceed the 384.4 mm of rain seen in the summer of 1912, which is the wettest.

These latest figures follow a record wet April, and an April to June period that was also the wettest recorded in the UK.

Summer 2012 is also likely to be one of the dullest summers on record with just 399 hours of sunshine up to 28 August. This makes it the dullest summer since 1980 when the UK saw only 396 hours of sunshine.

To complete the disappointing picture, it has also been a relatively cool summer with a mean temperature of 14.0 °C, some 0.4 °C below the long term average. Despite this it was a little warmer than the summer of 2011 which saw a mean temperature of only 13.7 °C.



Météo-Suisse: Une fin d'été fraîche et pluvieuse
Posted 3 September 2012

Du 30 Août  au 01 septembre 2012, une perturbation a donné 40 à 80 mm de précipitations dans les Alpes et les Préalpes, localement les 90 à 100mm ont été atteint par barrage sur le versant  nord des Alpes.

La perturbation Atlantique, qui dans un premier temps a traversé d'ouest en est nos régions, et ensuite revenues par l'est dans un courant de bise (situation de retour d'est, appelée aussi "bise noire").

Le passage de cette perturbation s'est accompagné d'un courant du nord à nord-est, d'une baisse des températures et de la limite des chutes de neige, généralement vers 2000m , parfois en-dessous de 1700m dans l'est dans les zones de barrage.



India Meteorological Dept: Current Status of Monsoon
Posted 3 September 2012

Due to presence of low pressure area and other embedded vortices, the
monsoon trough remained active on most days of the last week, which caused
active to vigorous monsoon conditions over parts of northwest India and south

This week received the highest all India rainfall of this monsoon season so far
that is 6% above long period average (LPA). As a result, seasonal rainfall country
as a whole further improved by 2% as compared to previous week. For the country as a whole, seasonal rainfall upto 29 August 2012 was 12% below the LPA as against 14% by the end of last week ending 22nd August.


Pakistan Met Dept and ACTED sign cooperative agreement
Posted 3 September 2012

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Agency for Technical Cooperation & Development (ACTED) signed a Framework for cooperation to develop & implement GIS-enabled Meteorological Information System. This would help end users for effective response and timely mitigation measures in case any natural hazard is likely to affect vulnerable communities.The GIS enabled web tools will ingest near real-time meteorological data and products and would help in vulnerability assessment of locations along with population density which is the critical information for effective response system.



Exposición sobre el 125 aniversario de AEMET en Boadilla del Monte
Posted 3 September 2012

Agencia Estatal de Meteorología El próximo 25 de septiembre se abrirá la exposición conmemorativa del 125 Aniversario de la creación del Servicio Meteorológico Español en el Centro Cultural del Ayuntamiento de Boadilla del Monte (Madrid), situado en la calle Isabel de Farnesio, 16. Permanecerá abierta hasta el 31 de diciembre.

Durante la muestra se celebrarán dos reuniones: La “X Cimhet”, de directores de los Servicios Meteorológicos e Hidrológicos Iberoamericanos; y la “V Afrimet”, de directores de los Servicios Meteorológicos e Hidrológicos Nacionales del África del Oeste".



PAGASA: Developing El Nino
Posted 3 September 2012

Atmospheric circulation in the tropical Pacific continued to be near-normal in July 2012, although a persistent warming in the tropical Pacific Ocean trending towards an El Nino condition have been observed since June. Warmer sea surface temperature strengthened in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific ocean, a typical development stage of an El Niño. Likewise, observed warmer temperatures below the surface of the entire equatorial Pacific Ocean is a good indicator to sustain the evolving El Nino condition. Dynamical and statistical model forecasts suggest the El Niño will likely develop in August or September.

El Niño periods are usually characterized by below normal rainfall condition across most areas of the country during the last quarter of the year (OND) and early months or first quarter (Jan-Mar) of the following year. Climate pattern in the country during the months of July and August was generally influenced by the moderate to strong westerlies, which reflect an active Southwest (SW) monsoon activity, generating enhanced rainfall over most areas of the country. This characterized the seasonal variability of El Nino impact, where the reverse happened during the early stages of warm episode, an enhanced rainfall in any time within the months of July, August, September instead of below normal rainfall condition.



Australia Bureau of Meteorology: El Niño edges closer
Posted 28 August 2012

Tropical Pacific Ocean indicators have remained close to El Niño thresholds over the past fortnight. While tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), approached or exceeded El Niño values during the past fortnight, other indicators such as the trade winds and tropical cloud patterns have yet to show typical El Niño signatures.

Regardless of the ENSO state, the tropical Pacific remains warmer than average. This, combined with other influences on Australian climate such as cooler than normal waters to the north of the continent and the patterns of cloud and ocean temperatures in the Indian Ocean, tends to favour below-average rainfall over eastern Australia.



China Meteorological Administration: Five characteristics of typhoons since flood season this year
Posted 28 August 2012

The number of typhoons landing in China in August has exceeded historical extremes so far. Qian Chuanhai, Director of the typhoon and ocean forecast center of CMA, said since the flood season this year, the number of typhoons landing in China is more than normal years. The landing phase is more concentrated and has affected a wider range of areas. Compared to the same period in history, it breaks a number of records.

Firstly, typhoons occurred in higher latitude with a larger number compared with normal years. Currently, the northwest Pacific and the South China Sea have seen 15 typhoons (including tropical storms and higher intensity) and this number is larger than average level (12.8). Typhoons landing on China's northern coast are obviously more than the normal.



MétéoSuisse: Prévision saisonnière
Posted 28 August 2012

La prévision des modèles de MétéoSuisse pour la température automnale 2012 (septembre à novembre).

Comment sera l'automne 2012 ?

En Suisse romande, aucune tendance bien claire ne se dessine pour l'automne 2012. Quoiqu'il en soit, un automne normal ou doux semble un peu plus vraisemblable qu'un automne froid.

Pour l'ouest de la Suisse, nous parlons d'un automne plus frais, lorsque la température moyenne automnale se situe en-dessous de 10.4°C. Pour un automne normal, la température moyenne se situera entre 10.4°C et 10.9°C. Et un automne chaud affichera des températures moyennes au-dessus de 10.9°C.

Les deux valeurs limites de températures (10.4°C et 10.9°C) ont été définies sur la base d'une longue série de mesures (depuis 1981) dans laquelle les automnes frais, normaux ou chauds avaient la même occurrence statistique.



India Meteorological Depatment: Current status of monsoon (as of 24 August)
Posted 28 August 2012

Out of 36 meteorological sub-divisions, rainfall was excess/normal in 20, deficient in 11 and scanty in 05 sub-divisions during the week. In area-wise distribution, 62% area of the country received excess/normal rainfall. Remaining 38% area received deficient/scanty rainfall. Meteorological sub-divisionwise rainfall for the week is given in Annexure I and II.

Out of 36 meteorological subdivisions, the rainfall has been excess/normal in 20, deficient in 14 and scanty in 02 sub-divisions (Punjab and Saurashtra & Kutch). In area-wise distribution, 55% area of the country received excess/normal rainfall. Remaining 45% area received deficient/scanty rainfall.



Tokyo Climate Center News
Posted 28 August 2012

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) began operating the latest generation of its Hitachi supercomputer system on 5 June, 2012, with the aim of improving the meteorological information services the Agency provides.

Also items on Kosa ((Aeolian dust)) Events over Japan in 2012, sea ice in the sea off Okhotsk flor the 2011/2012 winter season



CONAGUA: Ordenamiento territorial, principal reto para mejorar
la política hídrica en México
Posted 28 August 2012

El crecimiento poblacional anárquico dificulta la ejecución de políticas públicas que contribuyan a que los organismos operadores ofrezcan mejores servicios
El ordenamiento territorial ha sido y es el principal reto para mejorar las políticas públicas en materia de agua, pues de la planeación y del respeto a los bosques, las áreas de recarga de acuíferos, las zonas de natural inundación y las aledañas a los ríos, depende, en gran medida, el cumplimiento de metas fundamentales en los rubros de agua potable y drenaje, saneamiento de aguas negras y seguridad de la población frente a los fenómenos hidrometeorológicos, aseveró José Luis Luege Tamargo, Director General de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua).



IDEAM: Lanzamiento oficial del programa Nacional de Aguas Subterráneas
Posted 28 August 2012

Las aguas subterráneas en Colombia constituyen un recurso del subsuelo que día a día adquiere mayor importancia pues se reconoce como alternativa de aprovechamiento en cuencas con limitaciones en el acceso al agua proveniente de fuentes superficiales, y su influencia en obras civiles como túneles y carreteras, proyectos mineros, etc.

Estos depósitos subterráneos no son otra cosa que grandes embalses que generalmente presentan mayor grado de protección frente a fuentes potenciales de contaminación y a variaciones climáticas. Es de resaltar el hecho de que la contaminación de aguas subterráneas es mucho más peligrosa que la contaminación de aguas superficiales, pues generalmente es mucho más difícil de detectar y tratar y se reconoce cuando ya hay daños y victimas.



USA: Monitoring and Understanding Trends in Extreme Storms
Posted 28 August 2012

NCDC scientists and collaborators studied trends for severe convective storms, extreme precipitation, hurricanes and typhoons, and severe snowstorms and ice storms and evaluated the state of knowledge regarding our scientific understanding of the causes of the trends, or lack of trends, they found. The results of their efforts are being published in a paper entitled Monitoring and Understanding Trends in Extreme Storms: State of Knowledge in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.


Current status of Monsoon 2012 and Forecast for next one week (India Meteorological Department)
Posted 16 August 2012

Highlights of the last week:

• The axis of monsoon trough was south of its normal position during the week.

• The low pressure area which was over northwest Bay of Bengal on 3rd August
moved west-northwestwards across Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

• All India rainfall during this week was 1% below long period average (LPA) which
has caused 2% improvement in the seasonal rainfall over the country as a whole.

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NOAA: July 2012 global temperatures were fourth highest on record (USA)
Posted 16 August 2012

The globally-averaged temperature for July 2012 marked the fourth warmest July since record keeping began in 1880. July 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive July and 329thconsecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average.

Most areas of the world experienced much higher-than-average monthly temperatures, including most of the United States and Canada. Meanwhile, Australia, northern and western Europe, eastern Russia, Alaska, and southern South America were notably cooler than average. In the Arctic, sea ice extent averaged 3.1 million square miles, resulting in the second lowest July sea ice extent on record.

The equatorial Pacific Ocean continued to reflect neutral El Niño-Southern Ocean (ENSO) conditions in July. However, according to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the El Niño warm ocean phase will likely develop between now and September. In addition to influencing seasonal climate outcomes in the United States, El Niño is often, but not always, associated with global temperatures that are above the average trend. >> More


Renewed development towards El Niño (Bureau of Meteorology, Australia)
Posted 15 August 2012

Climate indicators in the tropical Pacific Ocean remain close to El Niño thresholds. Although El Niño development stalled during the second half of July, over the past fortnight indicators such as the Southern Oscillation Index and trade wind strength have shown renewed trends that are consistent with the early stages of an El Niño event. Likewise, the central Pacific Ocean has continued to warm.

Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology continue to show further warming across the tropical Pacific Ocean, with temperatures exceeding El Niño thresholds before the end of September 2012. None of the models surveyed indicate a return to La Niña conditions. >> More


CMA and Tibet Autonomous Regional Government signed cooperation agreement(China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 15 August 2012


On August 13, CMA and Tibet Autonomous Regional Government signed cooperation agreement for promoting great-leap-forward development of Tibet meteorological service.

On behalf of the 2 sides, Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA and Baimachilin, Deputy Party Secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region signed the agreement. The 2 sides will strengthen cooperation in guaranteeing the development inputs to meteorological service, intensifying the construction of meteorological projects, improve the meteorological organizations in grass root level and strengthen the meteorological talents construction and the dual management functions. >> More

Early and good service provided for typhoon prevention (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 15 August 2012

When typhoon Saola, Damrey and Haikui come one by one rarely in a short time, China Meteorological Administration has strengthened the monitor, early warning and service. Up to 490 million times of warning text messages have been released by the meteorological departments in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Shandong, and Liaoning, which played a very important role in disaster mitigation.

To deal with the typhoons, meteorological departments timely initiated emergency response. For the first time in five years, CMA initiated the level one response on August 7 and sent three task groups to Shandong, Shanghai and Zhejiang. >> More


BOLETIN DEL ENOS N° 491: " … EL NIÑO …" (INM, Costa Rica)
Posted 15 August 2012

Si bien los indicadores oceánicos y atmosféricos de julio han convergido en que el fenómeno ENOS se encuentra en la fase de transición de la condición neutra a un evento de El Niño, los impactos climáticos a nivel nacional y regional son más evidentes en indicar que la influencia de El Niño se viene sintiendo desde hace dos meses, pero con mayor intensidad durante julio. La última vez que se presentó este fenómeno en el océano Pacífico fue en abril del 2010. >> Más


NOAA provides easy access to historical hurricane tracks (USA)
Posted 15 August 2012

Understanding historical hurricane landfalls is important in preparing for current storms

Seeing where hurricanes have hit and how often is one of the best ways to bring home a powerful hurricane preparedness message. A NOAA website, Historical Hurricane Tracks, lets users insert their zip code and see a map that contains more than 150 years of Atlantic hurricane tracking data. The site also contains global hurricane data from as far back as 1842.

“Knowing more about local hurricane history can help communities better understand their vulnerabilities so they can take steps to be more resilient if a future hurricane strikes.” says David Eslinger, Ph.D., an oceanographer with the NOAA Coastal Services Center and one of the site’s developers. >> More


Set for Paralympics after Olympic success(MetOffice, UK)
Posted 15 August 2012

Paralympic Games

The hugely successful London 2012 Olympics have come to an end but the Met Office is already looking ahead to the Paralympics to once again provide world class forecasts to help everyone make the most of the games.

Throughout the Olympics the Met Office has kept organisers, coaches, athletes and the public up-to-date with the very latest weather forecasts and information to help minimise the impact of the weather. >> More


KMA's briefing on climate characteristics (Korea Meteorological Administration)
Posted 15 August 2012

Monthly (July) 2012 Climate Summary

Above normal in mean temperature, mean maximum temperature, mean minimum
temperature, near normal in precipitation for July 2012 nationwide

The mean temperature, the maximum temperature, the minium temperature, the
amount of precipitation at some stations were the highest on monthly record. >> More


WMO commends UK's Met Office for looking from London to Rio
Posted 9 August 2012

Four years ago the UK's Met Office forecasters visited the Chinese Meteorological Administration to see how they successfully provided services for the Beijing Olympics. Now, as the Met Office delivers for organisers, athletes and spectators in London, representatives from Brazil's national met service are observing the teams at work to help plan for Rio 2016.

Marcia dos Santos Seabra from  Brazil's Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET) has spent time observing the Met Office forecasting operation on location at Olympic sites and at Exeter Headquarters.

She said: "This has been a great opportunity to learn more about the work the Met Office has been doing ahead of and during the Games. Seeing their cutting edge science, on-site forecasters and clear communications, I have been very impressed with how they have delivered world class forecast services for this fantastic Olympics."

John Hirst, Chief Executive of the Met Office, said: "Our job for London 2012 is to help organisers minimise the impact of the weather on the sporting action and make sure everyone, from athletes to the spectators, is prepared for what the weather has in store.

"By offering climate information for all the venues to help advance planning, to utilising the latest technology to deliver the most accurate daily forecasts available, we're helping everyone stay one step ahead of the weather."

WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said: "Weather and climate know no national boundaries, and this is why we need strong international cooperation. Reliable information is critical for many socio-economic activities, including sport. The 2012 Olympics have showcased detailed and accurate weather forecasts for athletes, supporters and organizers. The World Meteorological Organization commends the Met Office for sharing its scientific and technological know-how with the Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia of Brazil for the good of future Olympic Games and indeed future generations."

Hottest Month Ever… Recorded (NOAA, USA)
Posted 9 August 2012

According to the latest statistics from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, the average temperature for the contiguous United States during July was 77.6°F, which is 3.3°F above the 20th-century average. This marks the warmest July and–given that July is the typically the warmest month of the year—the warmest month on record for the nation.

The maps above show average monthly temperature (top) as well as temperature anomaly— where in the United States July 2012 temperatures were different from the 1981–2010 average. Shades of red indicate temperatures up to 8° Fahrenheit warmer than average, and shades of blue indicate temperatures up to 2° Fahrenheit cooler than average—the darker the color, the larger the temperature difference. >> More


MSG-3, Europe’s latest weather satellite, delivers first image (EUMETSAT, ESA)
Posted 8 August 2012

Darmstadt/Paris, 7 August 2012 – Today, the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-3 captured its first image of the Earth. This demonstrates that Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite, launched on 5 July, is performing well and is on its way to taking over operational service after six months of commissioning.
The European Space Agency (ESA) was responsible for the initial operations after launch (the so-called launch and early orbit phase) of MSG-3 and handed over the satellite to EUMETSAT on 16 July.
The first image is a joint achievement by ESA, EUMETSAT, and the European space industry. For its mandatory programmes, EUMETSAT relies on ESA for the development of new satellites and the procurement of recurrent satellites like MSG-3. This cooperation model has made Europe a world leader in satellite meteorology by making best use of the respective expertise of the two agencies. >> More

Curiosity rover landed successfully on Mars – carrying FMI's research instruments(Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Posted 7 August 2012

Photo: NASA Photo: NASA

ASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landed successfully on Mars on 6 August at about 08:31 a.m. Finnish time. The laboratory is carrying instruments made by the Finnish Meteorological Institute for measuring pressure and humidity in the Martian atmosphere.

Also known as Curiosity rover, the mobile laboratory reached its destination on Mars on 6 August at about 08:31 a.m. Finnish time. The landing exceeded all expectations, and the first data from Mars indicate that Curiosity is intact and has started to check its technical systems. The rover is the size of a car and weighs about 900 kilograms. It arrived at Mars after a journey of nearly nine months. The rover landed in Gale crater near the equator of Mars. There it is expected to move and explore the area for at least one Mars year, or about 680 Earth days. At the same time, the rover will make observations, for instance, about the geology of the area, the structure of the surface layer, and environmental conditions. If the rover works without problems, its operating lifespan can be extended. >> More

Pronostica SMN ligeramente menos lluvias que el promedio para los próximos tres meses (CONAGUA, Mexico)
Posted 7 August 2012

Durante los próximos tres meses las lluvias se mantendrán muy cerca de su promedio histórico a nivel nacional, aunque, como siempre, se registrarán variaciones importantes de región en región, según las estimaciones más recientes de la subgerencia de Pronóstico a Mediano y Largo Plazo del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN).

En agosto las precipitaciones alcanzarán el 95 por ciento de la media para ese mes --129 milímetros comparados con los 136 mm que habitualmente se registran--, mientras que en septiembre y octubre se ubicarán en 97 y 98 por ciento, respectivamente. >> Más

Summary and interpretation of three month outlook for August to October 2012 (Japan Meteorological Agency)
Posted 7 August 2012

Tropical situations including oceanic conditions in the recent months:
・ In June 2012, the NINO.3 SST deviation was +0.5°C. SSTs in the equatorial Pacific were above normal. Subsurface temperatures were above normal in almost all regions from the western equatorial Pacific to the eastern part.
・ In the atmosphere, the convective activities were near normal near the dateline in the equatorial Pacific and above normal in the western part.
・ These atmospheric features indicate that ENSO-neutral conditions persisted. >> More

Extreme winter weather conditions expected by the South African Weather Service 
Posted 7 August 2012

The South African Weather Service is continuing to monitor the weather system that is expected to cause a range of extreme weather conditions over the majority of South Africa as from today, Monday, 6 August 2012 onwards.
The areas most likely to be affected are as follows: Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga and Gauteng as well as the southern parts of North West province. In other words, the only province not to be directly affected by these extreme winter conditions will be Limpopo province.

The cause of the above-mentioned extreme weather conditions will be the combination of a well-defined cut-off low pressure system (located in the upper regions of the atmosphere), interacting with a cold frontal system. An additional feature associated with this weather pattern, is the presence of a strong surface high (also known as an anticyclone) that will be ridging very strongly overland, immediately following the passage of the cold front. This process of surface ridging is expected to advect (i.e. move horizontally) very cold air from our sub-Antarctic southern ocean areas. Daytime temperatures for South Africa are thus likely to drop significantly over the majority of the interior between today and tomorrow, with many areas likely to experience daytime maximums of only 10˚C (or even less!) by tomorrow. >> More

CMA and ECMWF will strengthen future cooperation (China Meteorological Administration )
Posted 7 August 2012

On August 3, Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA met Alan Thorpe, Director-General of ECMWF in Beijing. During the visit, Alan Thorpe exchanged views with Jiao Meiyan, Deputy Administrator of CMA on the future bilateral cooperation. The 2 sides determined to intensify cooperation in terms of meteorological data sharing, R & D of numerical prediction mode especially satellite data assimilation and high-performance computer.

On behalf of CMA, Jiao Meiyan expressed her gratefulness to ECMWF for the long-term support and the bilateral cooperation. She also reviewed the cooperative achievements gained in the past 2 years. CMA and ECMWF have established regular cooperation mechanism and the experts of the 2 sides have taken extensive cooperation and exchange. In the future, CMA will continue to learn the development experience of ECMWF in key fields. >> More

Posted 7 August 2012


En desarrollo del Acuerdo para la Prosperidad 079 que se lleva a cabo en la Ciudad de Santa Marta, el Presidente de la República, Juan Manuel Santos, le informó al país que “las posibilidades de un fenómeno “El Niño” van en aumento según los análisis del IDEAM”. 

A su turno, el Director General del IDEAM, Ricardo José Lozano, agregó que “la probabilidad de presentarse el fenómeno El Niño para el segundo semestre de este año es del 81% y que en su etapa inicial de desarrollo sus efectos ya se están sintiendo en el sur y centro de la región Andina, especialmente en el occidente de los departamentos de Santander, Cundinamarca y Boyacá, como también Norte de Santander, Tolima, Huila, Valle, Eje Cafetero, Cauca y Nariño, y la región Pacífica y en la región Caribe con la reducción del porcentaje de lluvias para ésta época de mitad de año. >> Más

Croatian wind atlas (Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Croatia)
Posted 7 August 2012

Croatian wind atlas is a basis for wind resource estimation in Croatia. It comprises of the mean annual wind speed (m/s) and mean annual power density (W/m2) maps at 10 m and 80 m above ground level.

The presented wind speed and power density are the output of the numerical atmospheric model and represent the average values within the 2 km x 2 km grid box. The local wind speed and power density at the particular location may be lower or higher than the average grid area value. If the presented data is used in decision making, Državni hidrometeorološki zavod (Meteorological and Hydrological Service) is not responsible for possible economic lossess or other consequences that may arise from the use of the data. >> More

Summary of the Forecast outlook for the Rainfall During the Second Half of the 2012 Southwest Monsoon Rainfall ( India Meteorological Department)
Posted 7 August 2012

India Meteorological Department (IMD) issues operational long range forecasts for the southwest monsoon Season (June to September) rainfall over the country as a whole in two stages; in April and in June. Along with update forecast for the season rainfall over the country as a whole issued in June, forecast for monthly rainfall (for July and August) over the country as a whole and season (June to September) rainfall over the four geographical regions (Northwest India, Central India, Northeast India and South Peninsula) are also issued.  From 2009, IMD started to issue forecast outlook for the rainfall during second half (August-September) of the monsoon season. This forecast is issued in the end of July. IMD has now prepared a forecast outlook for the second half of the 2012 monsoon season. For this, a new Principal Component Regression (PCR) Model based on 5 predictors is used

a)    The rainfall during August is likely to be normal (96 ± 9% of LPA) as was forecasted in June.  

(b)    Rainfall over the country as a whole for the second half (August to September) of the 2012 southwest monsoon season is likely to be below normal (<94% of long period average (LPA)). 

(c)    Quantitatively, rainfall for the country as a whole during the period August to September, 2012 is likely to be 91% of LPA with a model error of ±8%. 

(d)    Based on the rainfall distribution over the country till date and outlook for the second half of the season, the seasonal rainfall of the entire southwest monsoon season (June to September) is likely to be deficient (< 90% of LPA).

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En julio llovió la mitad de lo normal (AEMet, Spain)
Posted 7 August 2012

Sinóptico julio 2012

El mes de julio ha sido muy seco, con una precipitación media en torno a los 12 mm, lo que supone un 50% del valor medio normal del mes que es 23 mm. En cuanto a temperaturas, ha sido algo más cálido de lo normal, con una media de 23,9 ºC, que supera en 0,5 ºC a la normal del mes.

Resumen sinóptico del mes

Durante los tres primeros días del mes la circulación atmosférica en altura fue zonal sobre el Atlántico norte y meridiana sobre Europa, con una dorsal rodeando una masa de aire muy cálido sobre el centro del continente. En superficie las altas presiones sobre las Azores y Centroeuropa alcanzaron la Península, mientras las borrascas se desplazaron por latitudes altas y apenas afectaron a zonas distintas de la costa Cantábrica. En el resto de la primera decena la circulación se hizo más meridiana sobre el Atlántico norte, con una vaguada de eje situado ligeramente al oeste de la Península que dio lugar a un flujo del suroeste de cierta intensidad, y a que en superficie se formaran los sistemas de bajas presiones en latitudes más bajas (las correspondientes a Irlanda, Inglaterra y el Mar del Norte) que afectaron al tercio norte peninsular con la entrada de aire fresco y húmedo del Atlántico. >> Más


HANOI LOOKS TO TACKLE FLOODING BY 2015 (The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting , Vietnam )
Posted 7 August 2012

Flooding in Hanoi after heavy rain. Photo by Tin247

Hanoi aims to put an end to flooding in the city’s centre including the districts of Hoan Kiem, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung and Hoang Mai by 2015.

According to the city's drainage planning to 2030, Hanoi will also complete drainage systems in other residential areas and satellite urban sites in a bid to tackle flooding.

One of the solutions being considered is collecting rainwater.

Currently, the average annual rainfall in Hanoi is 1,676mm, higher than in previous decades due to climate change. In the future, the impacts of climate change will be included in calculating rainfall and drainage system planning. >> More

The Weather of July 2012 (Hong Kong Observatory)
Posted 2 August 2012

Under the general prevalence of the subtropical ridge of high pressure, the weather of the first half of the July 2012 was drier and warmer than usual.  However, the rainfall deficit was more than compensated by the heavy rain episodes in the latter part of the month respectively brought about by the southwest monsoon and Severe Typhoon Vicente.  Overall, the monthly total rainfall was 467.8 millimetres, about 24 percent above the normal.  The accumulated rainfall since 1 January was 1395.6 millimetres, about 5 percent below the normal figure of 1473.3 millimetres for the same period.  The mean temperature and relative humidity of the whole month are both near-normal.

Under the influence of the subtropical ridge, the weather in Hong Kong was mainly fine and hot apart from a few showers for the first two days of the month.  With winds turning light, it was sunny and very hot during the day on 3 and 4 July.  The temperature at the Observatory rose to a maximum of 33.8 degrees on 4 July, the highest in the month.

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CMO released this year's 1st red warning for typhoon (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 2 August 2012

This year's No.9 typhoon "Damrey" and No. 10 typhoon "Saola" will land in China. At 13:00, CMO released this year's 1st red warning for typhoon.

"Damrey" is rapidly developing and its intensity is stronger than "Saola". Currently, "Damrey" is approaching the coastal area of Jiangsu and Shandong and is forecasted to land in the coastal area between Yancheng, Shandong to Qingdao, Shandong in the night of August 2. When "Damrey" lands, the maximum wind force around its center will be scale 13 (35 to 40 m/s). >> More

Extreme precipitation events happened in this July (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 1 August 2012

This year in July, China saw a number of large-scale severe rainfall processes. National precipitation exceeds the normal level with extreme daily precipitation and extreme continuous precipitation events in some areas. Experts say that we are facing a tough situation now, and local government and relevant departments should continue to strengthen meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation.

In July, the national average precipitation is 130.4 mm, 13.5% higher than the same period of normal years (114.9 mm), and is the highest level since 1999. >> More

Current U.S. Drought Monitor (NOAA, USA)
Posted 30 July 2012

US Drought Monitor, July 24, 2012


The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. >> More



Who is the Met Office? (UKMET Office)
Posted 30 July 2012

Who is the Met Office? What do we do? In this short video, Dave Britton explains who the Met Office is and what kind of products and services we provide not just to the UK but across the globe.

More regional SA towns can now access 7-day forecasts (Australian Bureau of Meteorology)
Posted 30 July 2012

Senator Don Farrell, Parliamentary Secretary for Sustainability and Urban Water, today announced that more South Australians can now get location-specific 7-day forecasts in 31 additional towns across the state, thanks to a Federal Government investment.

Announcing the additional sites today at the University of Adelaide campus in Roseworthy – one of the new forecast towns – Senator Don Farrell said the extra forecasts mean there are now 59 communities in South Australia that can get a visual and written, seven day forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology's website. >> More


Weather and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (MetOffice, UK)
Posted 19 July 2012

Feature image

As a member of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Kingdom's national weather service, the UK’s Met Office is playing an important role in support of London 2012, which is the biggest event the country has ever hosted.

Science and technology developments for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (25 July - 12 August and 29 August – 9 September 2012, respectively) will help to deliver increasing accuracy and detail in weather forecasts during the Games and well into the future.

Working with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), the Met Office has been providing essential weather information for planning and logistics over the pasttwo years. >> More

The MetOffice's Olympics page

Latest ENSO Wrap-Up (Bureau of Meteorology, Australia)
Posted 17 July 2012

Tropical Pacific remains close to El Niño thresholds

The past fortnight has seen climate indicators ease slightly, with all showing values near the threshold for an El Niño event. While indicators such as the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), sea surface temperatures and trade winds have eased over the past two weeks, such short-term fluctuations are common and to be expected, and indicators still clearly remain near El Niño thresholds.

Over the last few months, observations have been trending toward El Niño. This is consistent with most model forecasts indicating that the tropical Pacific may approach or exceed El Niño thresholds sometime during the late southern winter or spring 2012. Some models indicate only borderline El Niño conditions may occur, but none suggest a return of La Niña. >> More

ESA hands over MSG-3 weather satellite to EUMETSAT (EUMETSAT / ESA)
Posted 17 July 2012

Darmstadt/Paris, 16 July 2012 – Today at 14:00 local time, following the successful launch of the satellite on 5 July aboard an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, and after 11 days of LEOP (Launch and Early Orbit Phase) by ESA’s Centre, ESOC, EUMETSAT took control of the MSG-3 operations.

During the last 11 days, the satellite was moved into geostationary orbit, the various components which make up the satellite’s platform were activated and their functionality checked. This included a number of critical manoeuvres like the firing of the apogee motors, the change of spacecraft orientation and the unlocking of the SEVIRI scan mirror. >> More

NCDC Releases June 2012 Global Monthly Climate Report: June Global Temperatures Fourth Highest on Record (NOAA, USA)
Posted 17 July 2012


Image of June 2012 Global Temperature Anomalies
Credit: NOAA

According to NOAA scientists, the globally averaged temperature for June 2012 marked the fourth warmest June since record keeping began in 1880. The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 61.03°F, 1.13°F above the 20th century average. June 2012 also marks the 36th consecutive June and 328th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average temperature June was June 1976 and the last below-average temperature month was February 1985. >> More


The Observatory launches real-time weather photos at Sai Kung (Hong Kong Observatory)
Posted 11 July 2012

The Hong Kong Observatory has further enhanced its regional weather information service by adding real-time weather photos at Sai Kung to its website starting from today (July 11). Weather photos captured by the two cameras installed at the Sai Kung Marine East Station help to monitor the weather conditions over Sai Kung Hoi, Port Shelter and their surrounding areas. 

In recent years, a number of ecological tourist spots have been developed in Sai Kung such as the Hong Kong Global Geopark of China, attracting nature enthusiasts to the region for sightseeing. Many visitors and tourists also go to Sai Kung for leisure and vacation during weekends and public holidays. In addition, the coast of Sai Kung Hoi and Port Shelter is a hotspot for water sports activities where numerous training centres and yacht clubs are located. The newly launched weather photos will provide more weather information for the local residents of Sai Kung as well as people engaged in outdoor activities there.

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Back-to-back La Niñas cooled globe and influenced extreme weather in 2011 (NOAA, USA)
Posted 11 July 2012

La Niña.
Credit: NOAA Climate Portal

New NOAA-led report examines climate conditions experienced around the worldThe lead character of the 2011 climate story was a double dip La Niña, which chilled the Pacific at the start and end of the year. Many of the 2011 seasonal climate patterns around the world were consistent with common side effects of La Niña. 

Worldwide, 2011 was the coolest year on record since 2008, yet temperatures remained above the 30 year average, according to the 2011 State of the Climate report released online today by NOAA. The peer-reviewed report, issued in coordination with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), was compiled by 378 scientists from 48 countries around the world. It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on land, sea, ice and sky. >> More


Extreme heat becoming more likely under climate change (MetOffice, UK)
Posted 11 July 2012

Global climate

Groundbreaking research has shown how climate change significantly increased the odds of some recent extreme weather events.

This latest science is featured in a companion piece to The State of the Climate in 2011 report, which is led by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the US and is published as part of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS). >> More

NCDC Releases June 2012 U.S. Monthly Climate Report: U.S. Experiences Warm and Dry June; Drought Expands to 56% of Lower 48 (EUMETSAT)
Posted 6 July 2012

Image of June 2012 U.S. Temperature Anomalies
NOAA map by team,
based on NCDC climate division data.

The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during June was 71.2°F, 2.0°F above the 20th century average, ranking as the 14th warmest June on record. Scorching temperatures during the second half of the month broke or tied over 170 all-time temperature records in cities across America. June temperatures also contributed to a record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.

Warmer-than-average temperatures anchored across the Intermountain West and much of the Great Plains during June. Colorado had its warmest June on record, with a statewide temperature 6.4°F above average. Seven additional states in the region had a top ten warm June. However, cooler-than-average temperatures were present for the Pacific Northwest, where Washington had its seventh coolest June on record. Cool conditions were also present for the Southeast, despite record warm temperatures towards the end of the month. >> More

MSG-3 successfully launched (EUMETSAT)
Posted 6 July 2012

MSG-3 was successfully launched from Kourou, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on an Ariane-5 launcher to replace the ageing Meteosat-8 and secure continuity of the operational services from the geostationary orbit. Alain Ratier, EUMETSAT’s Director-General, said, “Together with Meteosat-9, MSG-3, the future Meteosat-10, will form the two-satellite Meteosat Second Generation system that supports weather forecasters in their time-critical nowcasting tasks. This involves detecting and monitoring rapidly developing high impact phenomena like thunderstorms or fog and issuing related warnings”. >> More

Video of the launch is available on YouTube

And available to download here

Posted 6 July 2012

ENSO Alert System Status: El Niño Watch

During June 2012, ENSO-neutral continued as reflected in both the oceanic and atmospheric
anomalies. However, positive equatorial Pacific sea surface temperature (SST) anomalies have grown, exceeding +0.5°C across the eastern Pacific Ocean by the end of June (Fig. 1). SST anomalies increase moving from the westernmost Niño 4 region to the Niño 1+2 region adjacent to South America, which remained near +1.5°C during the month (Fig. 2). The oceanic heat content anomalies (average temperature in the upper 300m of the ocean) increased during June (Fig. 3), as above-average sub-surface temperatures became more entrenched in the equatorial Pacific (Fig. 4). This warming was consistent with a weakening of the low-level trade winds across the east-central equatorial Pacific, along with a weakening of the persistent pattern of enhanced convection near Papua New Guinea (Fig. 5). The observations are consistent with ENSO-neutral, but reflect a likely progression towards El Niño. >> More

Bulletin climatologique juin 2012 (MétéoSuisse)
Posted 5 July 2012

Le mois de juin 2012 s'est montré nettement plus chaud, notamment sur la moitié sud du pays, que la norme 1961-90 de MétéoSuisse. Dans la plupart des régions, le temps a été plus pluvieux que la moyenne, notamment dans l'Est et le Sud-est. Un déficit de précipitations n'a été observé que dans la vallée du Rhône et le Tessin central. Concernant l'ensoleillement, les mesures ont fait apparaître un léger excédent. >> suite

Updated Weather Advisory for Monsoon Rainfall in Pakistan (Pakistan Meteorological Department)
Posted 5 July 2012

Met office observed that the pace of penetrating monsoon currents in Pakistan is slower than the normal pattern. This accordingly may cause delay in the widespread rainfall system in the country. It is expected that significant rainfall in central and upper parts of the country may occur during the last couple of days in the second week of July, 2012.

However, light to moderate intermittent rainfall in scattered places of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala & Lahore divisions,upper KP and Kashmir will start from Friday evening. >> More

China's mean temperature of June was higher than normal years (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 5 July 2012

It is reported from the press conference of CMA that China's mean temperature of June was higher than the normal years and the precipitation was similar to the normal with remarkable regional differences.

In the past June, China's mean temperature was 20.1℃, which was 0.5℃ higher than the normal years (19.6℃). The temperatures of central Inner Mongolia and northeast part of Northwest China were 1 to 2℃. But in other places of China, the temperatures were similar to or higher. In northeastern Xinjiang, most places of Gansu, west part of the Yellow-Huaihe River Valley, northeast part of the Yangtze-Han River Valley, west part of Northwest China and north part of Northeast China, the temperatures were 1 to 2℃ higher and in some places, 2 to 4℃ higher. >> more

Un mois de juin pluvieux et contrasté sur la France (MétéoFrance)
Posted 5 July 2012

Le mois de juin 2012 a été marqué par de nombreux passages pluvieux en début de mois sur l’ensemble de la France, puis par des conditions contrastées entre le nord et le sud du pays. 

Sur la France, les températures moyennes sont supérieures de 0,6°C à la normale*, mais le pays est coupé en deux avec des températures fraîches pour la saison sur la moitié nord, et relativement douces plus au sud. Un large quart sud-est de la France a bénéficié de températures moyennes supérieures à la normale* de plus de 1°C.  >> suite

The Weather of June 2012: Very wet, cool and dull (METéireann, Ireland)
Posted 5 July 2012

Rainfall was well above average with long-term average (LTA) values ranging from 135% at Valentia Observatory to 286% at Casement Aerodrome. Most stations, apart from Valentia Observatory and Belmullet, recorded double or more of their June Average. Of these, most reported it as their highest June rainfall on record, apart from Dublin Airport and Phoenix Park which reported their wettest June since 1993 (19 years) and 2007 (5 years), respectively.

Days that recorded the highest accumulations were mainly on the 7th and 8th, with Shannon Airport measuring 41.8 mm on the 7th, its highest for June since 1947 (65 years). The month’s highest daily rainfall was on the 22nd at Malin Head with 50.9 mm, its highest June fall since 1955 (57 years). The number of wetdays (days with 1 mmor more) were above average ranging from 13 at Malin Head to 22 at Knock Airport, with very wet days (dayswith10 mmormore) ranging from three at Valentia Observatory to eight at Phoenix Park and Fermoy (Moore Park). >> More


Junio, extremadamente cálido y muy seco (AEMet, Spain)
Posted 5 July 2012

Sinóptico junio 2012
Junio ha sido extremadamente cálido, con una media de 22,7 ºC que supera en 2,6 ºC al valor normal de este mes. Se trata del cuarto mes de junio más cálido desde 1960. En cuanto a precipitaciones, junio ha sido muy seco, con una media en torno a 20 mm, lo que supone sólo algo más del 50% del valor normal.

Resumen sinóptico del mes

En la primera mitad del mes, en el Atlántico norte y Europa, la situación atmosférica en altura se caracterizó por un vórtice circumpolar que formó vaguadas en el Atlántico por encima del paralelo 50º N, mientras mantenía un flujo zonal en latitudes inferiores, en torno al paralelo 40º N. Al comienzo del mes, en superficie, se dieron en nuestra área geográfica situaciones de pantano barométrico, con la Península situada entre dos sistemas de altas, uno en las Azores y otro sobre el este de Europa, y dos sistemas de bajas: el correspondiente a las borrascas situadas en el Atlántico norte y noroeste de Europa (paralelo 60º N) y el de bajas térmicas en el norte de África. A partir de la mitad de la quincena se asentó el anticiclón de las Azores, y con él el régimen los alisios en las islas Canarias, y el paso de las borrascas por latitudes algo más bajas que las correspondientes a Islandia. Estos sistemas de bajas presiones llegaron a afectar al norte de la Península, tanto en la mitad como al final de la segunda quincena, con la entrada de aire procedente del Atlántico, fresco y húmedo. >> Más

The Weather of June 2012 (Hong Kong Observatory)
Posted 5 July 2012

June 2012 was drier than usual, especially in the first half of the month.  This was mainly attributed to the predominance of the ridge of high pressure and lacking of active trough of low pressure over the south China coastal areas during the early part of the month.  The total rainfall of the month was 261.5 millimetres, about 43 percent below the normal figure of 456.1 millimetres.  The accumulated rainfall since 1 January was 927.8 millimetres, a deficit of 15 percent comparing to the normal figure of 1096.8 millimetres for the same period.  The month was also slightly warmer than usual with the mean temperature of 28.1 degrees, 0.2 degrees above the normal figures of 27.9 degrees.

Under the influence of a ridge of high pressure, the weather in Hong Kong was generally fine apart from a few showers for the first four days in the month.  It remained fine and hot with moderate easterly winds from 5 to 7 June.  As winds turned southerly, it became very hot apart from a few showers on 8 June. >> More

Quels nuages au-dessus de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (MétéoFrance)
Posted 5 July 2012

En analysant des observations effectuées depuis le sol au-dessus de Niamey (Niger) et des données  spatiales,  des  chercheurs  du  Centre  national  de  recherches  météorologiques 
(CNRM - GAME, Météo-France / CNRS) et de l'Université de Reading ont élaboré une base de  données  inédite  sur  la  nébulosité  en  Afrique  de  l’Ouest.  Elle  recense  les  types  de nuages observés dans la région, leur fréquence d'occurence et leur altitude pendant toute une  année.  Ces  données  serviront  notamment  à  évaluer  la  capacité  des  modèles climatiques  à  reproduire  les  propriétés  nuageuses  dans  cette  région,  pour  laquelle  les modèles peinent à s'accorder sur des scénarios de température ou de précipitations pour les  prochaines  décennies.  Publiés  en  mars  2012  dans  la  revue  Journal  of  Applied Meteorology and Climatology, ces résultats sont présentés cette semaine dans le cadre de la 4ème conférence internationale du programme AMMA (Analyses Multidisciplinaires de la Mousson Africaine). >> suite

June was cool and wet (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Posted 5 July 2012

Photo: Eija Vallinheimo Photo: Eija Vallinheimo

The mean temperature for June was below average in Finland. The anomaly was over a degree Celsius in the western parts and less than one degree in the eastern parts of the country. This was the coolest June in Finland since 2004.

The highest temperature of 27.0 °C was recorded at Kouvola on the 16th. The lowest temperature of -2.3 °C was recorded at Alajärvi on June 1st. The majority of the country faced above average precipitation and some locations received double the average amount. Joensuu was the wettest location with 142 mm of precipitation. Parts of Eastern Lapland received some snow in late June which is not exceptional, but also not an every-year-event.
There were only a few active thunderstorm days. The recorded lightning strikes amounted to less than fifth of the average amount. >> More

Latest ENSO Wrap-Up (Bureau of Meteorology, Australia)
Posted 3 July 2012

Increasing risk of El Niño in 2012Climate indicators continue to show a shift towards El Niño, in line with most model predictions. Eastern and central tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures have continued to warm over the past fortnight, while trade winds have remained weaker than normal. Likewise, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has become more strongly negative over the past month.  Tropical Pacific Ocean observations are consistent with previous and current climate model forecasts, which have indicated that the tropical Pacific may approach or exceed El Niño thresholds sometime between mid-winter and spring 2012. During El Niño events, large parts of eastern Australia are typically drier than normal during winter and spring, while southern Australian daytime temperatures tend to be warmer. However, El Niño does not guarantee widespread dry conditions. The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is currently neutral. About half of the outlooks from POAMA, the Bureau’s climate model, indicate the possibility of a weak positive IOD event developing during winter or spring. Should a positive IOD event eventuate with an El Niño event, this increases the likelihood of dry conditions over southern Australia. >> More

Met Office confirms wettest June in over a century
Posted 3 July 2012

car in rain

Provisional Met Office figures for June show double the average amount of rain has fallen, making it the wettest June since records began in 1910.

Provisional Met Office figures for June show double the average amount of rain has fallen, making it the wettest June since records began in 1910.

This is the second record breaking month of rainfall this year, with April also topping the rankings. The period from April to June is also the wettest recorded for the UK.

It is also the second dullest June on record with just 119.2 hours of sunshine, narrowly missing out on the record of 115.4 hours set in 1987. To complete the disappointing picture, it has also been the coolest June since 1991 with a mean temperature of 12.3 °C. >> More

New launch date confirmed for Metop-B (EUMETSAT, ESA)
Posted 29 June 2012

Darmstadt and Paris, 28 June 2012 - The revised launch date for the Metop-B satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome has been set for 19 September 2012.

The launch campaign will resume in early July.  The Metop-B satellite is being stored in a controlled environment in the Starsem facilities in Baikonur and will be subject to a set of tests and preparatory activities until its fuelling which is currently planned for August.

Metop-B is the second of three Metop polar-orbiting satellites procured on behalf of EUMETSAT by the European Space Agency from a European industrial consortium led by Astrium.

The satellite includes instruments delivered by the French space agency, CNES, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA. The Metop satellites form the space segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System. >> More


Zheng Guoguang attends WMO theme activity in Geneva (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 28 June 2012

On June 27, the Permanent Mission of the PRC to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland and China Meteorological Administration (CMA) held a theme activity on meteorological service and sustainable development. WMO President David Grimes, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, and others attended the activity, which was chaired by CMA Deputy Administrator Shen Xiaonong.

Addressing at the activity, Wu Haitao, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for Disarmament Affairs and Deputy Permanent Representative of the PRC to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations, expressed that, sustainable development is a major consensus of the international community and also a common responsibility of the whole world. Chinese government is an active participator and contributor to the global sustainable development undertaking. Meteorological service is an important part of the sustainable development and will make greater contributions to the global economic and social sustainable development. >> More


Flood hits South China (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 27 June 2012

Photo taken on June 23, 2012 shows people rowing boats on the flooded fields in Fucheng Village of Zhaoping County, south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. The county was hit by torrential rains from June 21 to 23. Some parts of Tibet and Guangxi autonomous regions, the provinces of Yunnan, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Fujian will receive torrential downpours, while Inner Mongolia autonomous region, some areas in north and northwest China will see showers and thunder showers, China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said on Sunday. (Xinhua/Li Zudie) >> More

IDEAM se une a celebración del Día Internacional de la Preservación de los Bosques Tropicales (IDEAM, Columbia)
Posted 27 June 2012

IDEAM se une a celebración del Día Internacional de la Preservación de los Bosques Tropicales

El IDEAM, consciente de la importancia de la protección y preservación de los bosques en el país, se une a la celebración del Día Internacional de la Preservación de los Bosques Tropicales, instituido desde el 26 de junio de 1999 por el Pnuma (Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente), WWF (la organización mundial de conservación) y la Unesco (Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura) con el objetivo de fomentar acciones sostenibles y armónicas con el ambiente mediante el manejo adecuado de los bosques. >> Más

International space weather agreement: Statement from NOAA Deputy Administrator Kathryn Sullivan and UK Government Chief Science Adviser Sir John Beddington (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Aministration, USA)
Posted 27 June 2012

Today, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom Government Office for Science agreed to strengthen the countries’ collaborative efforts to protect critical infrastructure from the impacts of space weather.

Space weather storms originate on the sun and can affect the advanced technology and power systems people rely on every day. The agreement announced today is the latest step in an effort to combine the space weather resources and scientific expertise of both countries. UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama highlighted the countries’ space weather partnership in London in May 2011, and again at the White House in March of this year. >> More


NOAA: data from new satellite implemented in record time (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Aministration, USA)
Posted 27 June 2012

Artist rendering of the National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite (NPP).
Credit: NOAA

Data flowing from a new generation of instruments onboard the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint NASA/NOAA mission, are being used in NOAA’s global numerical weather forecast system a record seven months after launch, nearly three times faster than previous missions.

After a rigorous and accelerated evaluation period, meteorologists began using the new data in operational weather models on May 22, 2012. These models are the foundation for all public and private weather forecasts in the United States. >> More


Drought comes late this year: BMKG (The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency, Indonesia)
Posted 25 June 2012

The dry season has come a little late this year as some areas will still have a chance for rain showers, a senior official says.

The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG)’s deputy director general for climatology, Widada Sulistya, said Monday that Indonesian should have already entered the dry season in May, although in fact, some areas were still experiencing the rainy season.

“The drought will not be too dry this year. In some areas there will still be some rain during the dry season, although the rain showers will not occur as what happened in 2010. Currently, we occasionally have rain, but it is not as wet as in 2010. During that year [2010], rain fell throughout the year,” he said.

Citing the BMKG data, he said that about 65 percent of a total of 342 season zones (ZOM) in Indonesia had entered the dry season. They include most areas in Java, the southern parts of Sumatra, such as Lampung, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) and West Nusa Tenggara (NTB). >> More


ECMWF Newsletter (The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) Posted 25 June 2012

Issue 131 Cover


The ECMWF Newsletter is published quarterly and contains articles about new developments and systems at ECMWF. Articles about the use of ECMWF forecasts and products are welcome (especially from Member States and Co-operating States). >> More


Tropical Pacific warming continues (Australian Government, Bureau of Meteorology)
Posted 19 June 2012

Click to see full-size map showing monthly temperatures in the tropical Pacific.

Although climate indicators remain at neutral (neither El Niño nor La Niña) levels, the tropical Pacific continues to slowly warm. Climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggest this warming trend will continue over the coming months, with the majority of the models indicating the tropical Pacific will approach or possibly exceed El Niño thresholds by the end of winter. No climate models favour a return to La Niña during the remainder of 2012.

Large parts of eastern Australia are usually, but not always, drier than normal in winter and spring during El Niño events. >> More

CMA initiated Level Four emergency response for tropical storm Talim (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 19 June 2012

Talim, the No. 5 tropical storm formed in the northwest Pacific ocean, is approaching South China. To deal with the adverse effect of the storm, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) initiated a Level Four emergency response at 5:00 p.m. yesterday.

CMA urged its internal bodies and institutions, and provinces of Guangdong, Fujian Zhejiang and Hainan to enter emergency response state doing a good work on monitoring, forecasting and provide timely service on the storm. >> More

Experts from the mainland and Taiwan discussed disaster prevention and reduction (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 19 June 2012

On June 18, meteorological experts from China Meteorological Society and Taiwan participated in a workshop on meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation in Xiamen.

For the first time, the meteorological communication has been listed into the significant activities of “Strait Forum”. More than 50 meteorological experts from the mainland and Taiwan gathered together exchanged views on strengthening cooperation in terms of meteorological disaster prevention and mitigation, services for the socio-economic development and people’s safety and well-being. They discussed the demands to the meteorological service and expected further communication and cooperation in specific services. >> More

Brighter weather will lead to higher pollen counts (MetOffice, UK)
Posted 19 June 2012

Little girl blowing a dandelion clock

The recent unsettled weather has kept pollen levels much lower than normal for the time of year. However, this week the weather is expected to be drier, brighter and a little more settled than recent weeks and as a result we expect to see a rise in the amount of pollen.

Pollen levels, which are mostly from grass pollen at this time of year, could reach high or even very high in central and some southern areas. >> more

Mekong Delta Provinces gear up to face flood season (The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting , Vietnam )
Posted 19 June 2012

Provinces in the Mekong Delta are taking steps and implementing measures to deal with flooding in the coming months, and minimise loss of human lives and property.

In Dong Thap Province, more than 100 landslide-prone spots along the Tien and Hau Rivers threaten hundreds of households living in the vicinity. So far, 540 households have been moved from danger zones to safer flood-proof residential camps. However, more than 1,200 households are still to be temporarily relocated to safer areas before flooding occurs.

Unfortunately, a few districts like Thanh Binh and Hong Ngu Districts in Dong Thap Province have already run out of funds to safeguard their residents. >> More

Prévision des caractéristiques agrohydroclimatiques de la saison des pluies 2012
en Afrique de l’Ouest (AGRHYMET)

Posted 18 June 2012

Les prévisions saisonnières climatiques et hydrologiques 2012 révèlent une pluviométrie normale à légèrement excédentaire au Tchad, à l’Est du Niger et au Burkina Faso de même que dans les parties septentrionales du Nigeria, du Bénin, du Togo, du Ghana et de la Côte d’Ivoire. Par contre, dans le Sahel Ouest (Ouest du Mali, Sénégal, Mauritanie, Gambie, Guinée Bissau, Guinée) une tendance normale à déficitaire est attendue. >> suite

Launch date of MSG-3 reset to 5 July 2012 (EUMETSAT / ESA)
Posted 12 June 2012

Arianespace has announced that the launch date of the MSG-3 satellite from the European Spaceport in Kourou, originally foreseen for 19 June, has been reset to the evening of the 5 July 2012. The delay is due to additional checks that were made on the EchoStar 17 telecommunication satellite, which is to be launched together with MSG-3 on the Ariane 5 ECA launcher. >> More


Nordic Conference calls for immediate action on climate change adaptation (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Posted 12 June 2012

The scientific evidence for ongoing anthropogenic climate change is overwhelming, and impacts of changes over recent decades are already apparent in the Nordic region as well as in most other regions of the world. Irrespective of how climate change proceeds, it is wise to develop societal resilience against extreme weather events, such as record heat waves, heavy precipitation and high winds. Such extreme events can not only harm the directly impacted area, but their effects reverberate through trade relations to many countries around the globe. Therefore, adaptation is important both in the public and private sector. >> More

Advance of southwest monsoon 2012 and forecast for next one week (India Meteorological Department)
Posted 11 June 2012

This year, southwest monsoon has set in over Kerala on 5 June against the normal date of 1 June. It further advanced mainly along the west coast and over northeastern States on 6 June. It has covered entire Kerala, coastal Karnataka, Goa, southern parts of Konkan, Madhya Maharashtra, entire Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim. >> More


U.S. experiences second warmest May, hottest spring on record (NOAA)
Posted 11 June 2012

Lower 48 also experienced record warm year-to-date and twelve-month periods

The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. during May was 64.3°F, 3.3°F above the long-term average, making it the second warmest May on record. The month's high temperatures also contributed to the warmest spring, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month period the nation has experienced since recordkeeping began in 1895.

The spring season's (March-May) nationally-averaged temperature was 57.1°F, 5.2°F above the 1901-2000 long-term average, surpassing the previous warmest spring (1910) by 2.0°F.

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IDEAM se une a la celebración del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente (IDEAM, Columbia)
Posted 8 June 2012

IDEAM se une a la celebración del Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente

Bogotá D.C., junio 5 de 2012 (IDEAM): Hoy 5 de junio, Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, el IDEAM invita a la reflexión en torno al cuidado y protección de nuestros recursos naturales. En promedio el cuerpo de un joven adulto está compuesto por 75% de agua...Siente tus raíces, tu naturaleza es la conservación. >> Más 


Predicción climática mensual de totales de precipitacion y temperaturas medias extremas del territorio de Cuba para junio del 2012.(Centro del Clima, Instituto de Meteorología , Cuba)
Posted 8 June 2012

...Se prevé un junio cálido, con lluvias cercanas o por encima de lo normal ... 

Junio es como promedio el mes más lluvioso del año en Cuba. Una parte considerable de los acumulados de precipitación se produce asociada a eventos lluviosos de varios días de duración, los que ocurren principalmente en las primeras dos decenas del mes. Las precipitaciones dependen de la influencia de los sistemas migratorios de la zona tropical, tales como las ondas y las bajas tropicales, y de su importante interacción con sistemas de latitudes medias. La afectación directa de los ciclones tropicales es poco frecuente, pero cuando ocurre suele producir grandes precipitaciones. También se produce en junio el comienzo del período de gran actividad de las tormentas eléctricas, el que no comienza simultáneamente en todas las regiones y se manifiesta por un gradual incremento de la ocurrencia de dichas tormentas, principalmente durante la tarde y primeras horas de la noche, en asociación con el calentamiento diurno. >> Más 

4.0 Magnitude Earthquake off the coast of Co. Mayo (METéireann, Ireland)
Posted 8 June 2012

Global view

On June 6th, 2012, at 07:58:13.9 UTC a moderate earthquake Mag 4.0 occurred in the Atlantic Ocean at location 54.151 -10.904, 100 km off Belmullet in Co Mayo.

There have been several reports from people having felt this event this event. The Mayo Earthquake was analysed at Met Eireann's Seismic monitoring station at Valentia Observatory, Caherciveen, Co. Kerry. The Seismology Station at Valentia is part of the Irish Seismic Network. From the analysis of the event the P wave took approximately 38 seconds to reach the Met Eireann facility at 07:58:51.71 UTC with the S wave occurring at 07:59:26.93 UTC. This part of Ireland is not known for Seismic activity and an event of this size is unusual for Ireland. The biggest earthquake felt in Ireland occurred on the 19th July, 1984 with a Mag 5.4, and was located off the coast of Wales. >> More

La Conagua mantiene una vigilancia estrecha sobre las condiciones meteorológicas (La Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua),Mexico)
Posted 8 June 2012

La Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua), mediante el Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), mantiene una vigilancia estrecha sobre las condiciones meteorológicas para conocer el desarrollo de la temporada de lluvias que, de acuerdo a los pronósticos, en los próximos tres meses estará por debajo del promedio histórico, informó José Luis Luege Tamargo, Director General de la Conagua.

Luego de subrayar que las áreas con sequía excepcional y extrema se redujeron en México con las lluvias registradas en lo que va de 2012, apuntó que los ciclones tropicales podrían transportar grandes cantidades de agua e incrementar los niveles de almacenamiento de las principales presas del país, que se están en 50 por ciento. Puntualizó que en las regiones donde sea necesario, principalmente en Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Sinaloa y Sonora, la Conagua mantiene la atención a la población afectada por la sequía. >> More

Latest ENSO Wrap-Up issued 5 June 2012 (National Climate Centre - Bureau of Meteorology, Australia)
Posted 7 June 2012

The latest ENSO Wrap-Up is now available. Model outlooks for ENSO conditions are also on the Bureau's website.

Tropical Pacific remains neutral; ocean warming slowly
Tropical Pacific climate indicators remain at neutral values for this time of the year. This includes the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), trade winds, cloudiness, and sea surface temperatures. Ocean temperatures below the surface are currently warmer than average in the central and western Pacific on a monthly scale, with the eastern subsurface Pacific closer to normal, but slowly warming.

Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology show that the tropical Pacific Ocean is likely to warm further over the coming months. All seven models surveyed indicate conditions are likely to approach, or possibly exceed, El Niño thresholds during the late winter to early spring period. Large parts of eastern Australia are typically drier and warmer than normal in winter/spring as El Niño events develop. No climate models favour a return to La Niña.

While the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) is currently considered neutral, the IOD index has been positive for the past three weeks. About half of the current POAMA outlooks show sustained positive levels in 2012.

Bilan du printemps 2012 (Météo France)
Posted 1 June 2012

La température moyenne du printemps sur la France est supérieure de près de 0,8 °C à la normale* de saison. Elle est supérieure à la normale sur l’est de la France et plus proche de la normale sur la moitié ouest. 

Sur l’ensemble de la France, la quantité d’eau recueillie est légèrement supérieure (environ 10%) à la normale*. Après un mois de mars chaud et sec, les mois d’avril et mai ont été bien arrosés avec des températures plus conformes aux normales de saison. Les précipitations sont assez contrastées. Excédentaires en Bourgogne, sur le sud des Alpes, l’ouest de la Corse ainsi que sur la moitié ouest du pays, elles sont en revanche déficitaires sur le nord-est, la Picardie, au nord du Massif central, sur les côtes du Languedoc-Roussillon et sur le piémont pyrénéen. >> suite

Bulletin climatologique printemps 2012 (MétéoSuisse)
Posted 1 June 2012

Le printemps 2012 a été marqué par un fort excédent thermique compris entre 2 et 2.5 degrés par rapport à la norme climatologique 1961-1990. Les précipitations ont été souvent inférieures à la normale, sauf au Sud des Alpes. Le printemps 2012 a également été plus ensoleillé que d'habitude. >> suite

MetService brings personalized weather to smartphones (MetService, New Zealand)
Posted 1 June 2012

Today MetService launched its innovative new weather app for iPhone and Android. With the ability to personalise the background image for every type of weather forecast, now everyone can control at least one aspect of their daily weather.

The app features MetService's latest Towns and Cities forecasts, from hourly through to 10 days out, along with real-time rain radar, 3-day rain forecasts, stunning video from MetService TV, and local traffic cameras. Even the image backgrounds change according to the forecast for the current location. >> More

AFRIGEOSS: An initiative to reinforce earth observation in Africa (Instituto de Meteorologia, Portugal)
Posted 1 June 2012

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has launched the AfriGEOSS initiative, which aims to coordinate the implementation of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and related Earth observation activities in Africa.

Supported by the GEO Secretariat and recognized by the Executive Committee, this initiative seeks to identify the challenges and then put in place measures to enhance Africa’s participation in, and contribution to, GEOSS. This participation will contribute to the continent’s efforts to bridge the digital divide and to build a knowledge-based economy using GEO networks and the GEOSS infrastructure.

The GEO partnership currently includes 22 Member states and four Participating Organisations from Africa. >> More

El Director de EUMETSAT visita la Agencia (AEMet)
Posted 1 June 2012

Ratier, a la derecha, con Daniel Cano y directivos de EUMETSAT y AEMET

El pasado 24 de mayo visitó AEMET Alain Ratier, director general de EUMETSAT, organismo europeo para explotación de los satélites meteorológicos.

Estuvo acompañado de Ernst Koenemann, director para Desarrollo de Programas de EUMETSAT, y Silvia Castañer, jefe de los Servicios Legales del organismo. >>Más


Cutting edge research aids better understanding of hurricane risk (MetOffice)
Posted 1 June 2012

Hurricane Irene

The Met Office and Lloyd's, the world's specialist insurance market, have teamed up to promote the latest scientific research on North Atlantic hurricanes.

Landfalling hurricanes in the US are the costliest of all natural hazards, with the total bill for Hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita in 2005 reaching an estimated $90bn.

Hurricanes and Long-term Climate Variability, a report from Lloyd's and the Met Office, examines the latest research papers from a number of leading organisations. >> More

New model will help NOAA forecasters study the eyewall of hurricanes this season(NOAA)
Posted 1 June 2012

Credit: NOAA

When the first hurricane emerges from the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico this season, NOAA will use a new statistical model to help predict the start of the “eyewall replacement cycle,” a key indicator that a storm’s strength and size is about to change dramatically. This new tool adds to a suite of forecast products NOAA uses to warn coastal communities of imminent threats.

An eyewall is an organized band of clouds that immediately surround the center, or eye, of a hurricane. The most intense winds and rainfall occur near the eyewall. Within a hurricane, eyewall replacement cycles occur when a second concentric eyewall forms around the original and eventually overtakes it. This phenomenon especially happens in strong, long-lived hurricanes. >> More

Sandstorm forecasting and warning project will be founded at the end of 2012 (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 1 June 2012

On May 28, it is reported from National Meteorological Center that China's sandstorm forecasting and warning project is expected to be founded at the end of 2012, which will provide accurate sandstorm and gale forecasts.

From 2011, National Meteorological Center started to build the sandstorm forecasting and warning project, which is an integrated business system offering sandstorm information inquiry, sandstorm and gale monitoring display and products.

After this project being founded at the end of 2012, it will be able to comprehensively analyze the data of meteorological disaster monitoring system, provide information inquiry of China's sandstorm change feature, publish forecasting information and warning suggestions and provide forecasting and warning inquiry and search service.

Currently, National Meteorological Center makes location forecast of sandstorm and gale within 24 hours, publish sandstorm weather and gale warning information in the sandstorm season. link

Space Weather Users Conference of 2012 was held (China Meteorological Administration)
Posted 1 June 2012

On May 28, 2012 China Meteorological Administration (CMA) space weather users conference was held in Beijing. The theme was to exchange experiences in terms of the space weather services, learn the demands in aviation safety, satellite communication and aerospace TT&C so as to improve China's space weather forecasting and warning services. Deputy Administrator of CMA Yu Rucong attended this conference and delivered a speech. >> More

New Long-Term Climate Averages for Ireland (The Irish Meteorological Service)
Posted 1 June 2012

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recommends that climate averages are computed over a 30 year period of consecutive records. The period of 30 years is considered long enough to smooth out year to year variations. Henceforth Met Éireann will reference 1981 to 2010 as the baseline period for day-to-day weather and climate comparisons. The current WMO global baseline period for use in climate change research is 1961-1990. >> More

JMA Upgrades its Supercomputer SystemHong
Posted 31 May 2012

NAPS Upgrade 2012

On 24 May 2012, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) announced that JMA will start operating the latest generation of the HITACHI supercomputer system from 5 June 2012, aiming to improve its meteorological information for disaster risk reduction and aviation service. The new system, HITACHI SR16000/M1, is about 30 times faster than its predecessor, HITACHI SR11000, and is with the ability to make more than 800 trillion floating-point calculations per second. >> More

Hong Kong Observatory and Korea Meteorological Administration signs MOU to mark closer ties
Posted 30 May 2012

The Director of the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), Mr Shun Chi-ming, and the Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), Mr Cho Seok Joon, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on co-operation between the two organisations in Seoul, Republic of Korea, today (30 May).

The Observatory has been collaborating with KMA over the years in various disciplines, including aviation weather services and public weather service support for developing countries. In recent years, the two organisations jointly co-ordinate a pilot project of the World Meteorological Organisation to support meteorological services to develop numerical weather prediction (NWP) capability. The signing of the MOU today signifies further strengthening of the collaboration between the two services. >> full text

28th issue of the Tokyo Climate Center (TCC)
Posted 11 May 2012

The Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is pleased to inform you that the 28th issue of the TCC News is now available on the TCC website.

Topics of this issue are:
 - El Nino Outlook (April - October 2012)
 - JMA's Seasonal Numerical Ensemble Prediction for Summer 2012
 - Warm Season Outlook for Summer 2012 in Japan
 - Asian Winter Monsoon Summary for 2011/2012
 - JMA's Advisory Panel on Extreme Climate Events
 - Participation of TCC Experts in RCOF and Expert Visits to NMHSs in Southeast Asia

Spring arrived in April despite cooler temperatures (Finnish Meteorological Institute)
Posted 3 May 2012

Photo: Tuija Vuorinen
Photo: Tuija Vuorinen

The national average temperature in April was +0,2 °C which is 0,8 degrees below average. In southern and southwestern parts of the country the monthly temperature was close to the long term average, but cooler elsewhere.

The highest temperature +17,1 °C was measured in Turku on the 22nd of April. The lowest temperature -28,7 °C was measured in Utsjoki on April 2nd.

Precipitation amounts were above average throughout the country; in some western locations over twice the monthly average was recorded. On April 2nd a small scale snow event brought around 30 cm of snow in one day, bringing traffic to a standstill in Tampere, the third largest city in Finland.

By the end of the month, snow covered the northern part of the country. In Western Lapland the snow depth was unusually high for the time of year: for example in Kittilä the snow depth was still around 100 cm at the end of the month.

El IDEAM se permite informar a la comunidad (Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales, Colombia )
Posted 3 May 2012

El IDEAM se permite informar a la comunidad

El Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología y Estudios Ambientales, IDEAM se permite informar a la comunidad  lo siguiente:

  • Estamos en la primera temporada de lluvias en las regiones Andina, Pacífica y Amazonía la cual se extenderá hasta mediados de junio. En la región Caribe y en la Orinoquia se inicia la transición hacia la temporada de lluvias que se extiende hasta noviembre, con una ligera disminución hacia mediados de año.  
  • Teniendo en cuenta los análisis adelantados por el IDEAM  y los de los Centros Mundiales de Predicción Climática, estamos en una etapa de transición hacia condiciones neutrales, es decir que el Fenómeno de “La Niña 2011-2012” está en su fase final con una alta probabilidad que a comienzos de mayo haya finalizado completamente. Esta situación de finalización de “La Niña” no implica que la temporada de lluvias actual termine antes de lo que se tiene previsto, es decir la primera temporada de lluvias del año en la región Andina terminará a mediados de junio. >> Más

HCM CITY GETTING INCREASINGLY WARMER ( The National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting , Vietnam )
Posted 3 May 2012

The average temperature in HCM City has been increasing rapidly and steadily in the last three decades, while the gap between the temperature of the city and neighboring areas has widened.

HCM City dwellers all say that they can clearly feel it is getting hotter and muggier. Experts have blamed this on the rapid and uncontrolled urbanization process, which has put the city under the influence of the urban heat island effect.

 Hot in daytime and at night. >> More

April already wettest in a century (UK Met Office)
Posted 3 May 2012

Flooded fields and roads

This April is the wettest in the UK in records which date back to 1910, according to early Met Office figures to the 29th of the month.

This April is the wettest in the UK in records which date back to 1910, according to early Met Office figures to the 29th of the month.

Further rain is to come overnight tonight as outbreaks of heavy and possibly thundery rain affect southern England and Wales, so final rainfall figures for the month will change. >> More

Bulletin climatologique avril 2012 (MétéoSuisse)
Posted 3 May 2012

Avril 2012 fut instable et peu ensoleillé. Jusqu’au 26 avril, les températures moyennes mesurées dans les stations de MétéoSuisse se montrèrent très proches de la norme 1961-90. Dans de nombreuses régions, l’ensoleillement n’atteignit même pas le deux tiers des sommes mensuelles habituellement observées. Le mois fut particulièrement humide le long du Jura, du Léman à Schaffhouse, dans le Sottoceneri ainsi que dans la région de la Bernina. Des précipitations inférieures à la norme furent observées essentiellement dans le Haut-Valais, le versant nord des Alpes et sur le Plateau oriental. >> suite

New name for tropical cyclone in 2012 adopted (Hong Kong Observatory)
Posted 3 May 2012

A new name "Rai" has been adopted for tropical cyclones in the western North Pacific and South China Sea in 2012, replacing "Fanapi". 

"Rai" is the stone money of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. The new name was endorsed by the Typhoon Committee, under the joint auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the World Meteorological Organisation, at its 44th Session in February 2012. >> More

Quantités de pluie max enregistrées durant l’épisode du  01 au 17 Avril 2012 (Météo Algerie)
Posted 26 April 2012

Cette première quinzaine du mois d’avril  2012, a été marquée  par le passage d’une succession de perturbations  pluvio-orageuse ayant occasionné des épisodes pluvieux assez importants accompagnés parfois localement de phénomènes météorologiques  sévères (chute de grêle,  trombe, violente rafale,…). >> Suite

Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation (Icelandic Met Office)
Posted 26 April 2012


The Second Nordic International Conference on Climate Change Adaptation is to be held in Helsinki on 29-31 August 2012.

Please notice that the abstract submission has been extended to Friday 30th of March 2012. The conference website can still take in abstracts and registrations. All relevant information can be found at the website. >> More


Climate atlas of Croatia (Meteorological and Hydrological Service, Croatia)
Posted 26 April 2012

Climate is the natural characteristic of a country. Life and natural processes depend on it and there is almost no human activity which does not depend on weather and climate. Therefore, awareness of particular climate characteristics is especially important when planning development activities in many social and economic areas. Following the recommendation of the World Meteorological Organisation, each member state meteorological service is expected to develop a Climate Atlas.>> More

Industrial pollution linked to 'natural' disasters (MetOffice, UK)
Posted 26 April 2012


Met Office research suggests industrial air pollution is largely responsible for changes in the temperature of the Atlantic Ocean which are linked to drought, flooding and hurricane activity.

Published in the journal Nature, the study is the first to clearly link aerosol 'dirty pollution' and, to a lesser extent, volcanic eruptions to observed 20th century temperature variations in the Atlantic Ocean.

These shifts in ocean temperature, known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation or AMO, are believed to affect rainfall patterns in Africa, South America and India, as well as hurricane activity in the North Atlantic - in extreme cases leading to humanitarian disasters. >> More


Daniel Cano, nuevo presidente de AEMET
Posted 26 April 2012

Daniel Cano

Daniel Cano Villaverde ha sido nombrado por el Consejo de Ministros de 30 de marzo Presidente de la Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, a propuesta del Ministro de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente, Miguel Arias Cañete.

El nuevo Presidente de AEMET es licenciado en Ciencias Físicas, Máster en Dirección de Sistemas y Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones, y Doctor Europeo en Ciencias Físicas. Hasta ahora ocupaba la jefatura de Sección Técnica II del Servicio de Gestión de la Formación de AEMET. Cuenta con amplia experiencia en el ámbito meteorológico, habiendo desempeñado diversos cargos de responsabilidad en esta área como Director del Programa de Planificación de la Formación de AEMET  y como Jefe de Sección Técnica II del Centro de Formación Meteorológica y Técnico Superior de Proyecto del entonces Instituto Nacional de Meteorología. >> Más


Posted 26 April 2012

Países del caribe hablan de cambio climático

San Andrés Islas será a partir de hoy y hasta el viernes 20 de abril, el escenario del seminario – taller “Impactos Ambientales asociados a fenómenos de variabilidad y cambio climático”, en el que participan 12 países anglos e hispanos de la Cuenca del Caribe.

El seminario, liderado por Cancillería, la Agencia Presidencial de Cooperación Internacional de Colombia  APC-Colombia y apoyado temáticamente por el IDEAM, tiene como objetivo abrir un espacio para que los tomadores de decisiones de las entidades de meteorología e hidrología de los países participantes, intercambien experiencias sobre los efectos, vulnerabilidad y medidas de adaptación del  cambio climático del Gran Caribe. >> Más

Boletín informativo - Pronostico de Huracanes 2012 (Honduras)
Posted 26 April 2012

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de Honduras (SMN) informa al público en general que el día de hoy los doctores Klotzbach y Gray del Departamento de Ciencias Atmosféricas de la Universidad de Colorado, EEUU, publicaron el pronóstico inicial de la temporada ciclónica para el Océano Atlántico de este año. >> Más

Se recrudece la sequía en el noroeste de México durante el primer trimestre de 2012 (Mexico CONAGUA)
Posted 26 April 2012

La condición de sequía que sufren los estados del noroeste de México se ha recrudecido debido a la escasez de lluvias registrada en esa zona en lo que va del año 2012, según muestran los reportes más recientes del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), dependiente de la Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua). >> More

Neutral ENSO conditions dominate Pacific ( Bureau of Meteorology of Australia )
Posted 26 April 2012

Climate indicators across the tropical Pacific Ocean remain neutral (neither El Niño or La Niña). Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that the tropical Pacific Ocean will remain at neutral levels at least into early winter.

All major indicators of ENSO, including cloudiness, trade winds, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) and sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, lie well within the ENSO-neutral range. Over the past week, the SOI has returned to values not seen since April 2010. >> More


Beginning of the summer (Qatar Meteorology Department)
Posted 26 April 2012

An extension of the “Indian Monsoon” is expected to cause a significant increase in temperature from Sunday 29/April/2012 around 3 to 6 °C above the normal averages in this time of the year.

The maximum temperature will be between 39 - 42 °C and the minimum will be between 27-31 °C in Doha city, it may rise more in middle and south areas of Qatar. It is worth noting that May is the first month of the summer season which is hot and dry on the day and moderate at night. Sea temperature increases rapidly in this month. >> More

IPCC SREX regional outreach meeting opened in Beijing (China Meteorological Administration )
Posted 26 April 2012

On April 26, an  outreach meeting was opened in China Meteorological Administration (CMA), Beijing, on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).

The opening ceremony was attended by Dr. Qin Dahe, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group I; Dr. Kris Ebi, Head of IPCC Working Group II TSU; Dr. Shan Chunchang, Vice Chair, National Commission for Disaster Reduction; Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of CMA and Focal Point of China for IPCC. Mr. Shen Xiaonong, Deputy Administrator of CMA served as the moderator of the opening ceremony. >> More

Launch of New Version 2.2 of "MyObservatory" for Android (Hong Kong Observatory )
Posted 26 April 2012

Sample Screens displaying Special Weather Tips (red exclamation icon on the left figure; details of tips on right figure) and two weather icons (on lower left side of left figure)

To enhance weather services for people on the move, the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) launched a new version of "MyObservatory" today (17 April 2012) for the Android platform (version 2.2). The new version features two new services: provision of "Special Weather Tips" and display of two weather icons. >> More

Three Monthly Forecast April – June 2012 (Thailand meteorological Department)
Posted 26 April 2012

Upper Thailand. In April, southeasterly winds will prevail over upper Thailand and heat low pressure cell will dominate same areas in sometimes. Cause hot weather with very hot in some areas. Maximum temperature will be 40-42°C, mainly in northern, northeastern, upper central and eastern parts. However, thundershowers and thunderstorms usually experience in upper Thailand, resulting decreasing in temperature. In the first half of May, is the transition period from summer to rainy season. It will be hot weather and isolated thundershower. Then in the second half of May to June, the southwest monsoon will prevail over Thailand accompanying low pressure through will lie across central and eastern parts of Thailand. Resulting increasing in rainfall. Isolated heavy falls in some periods. >> More

Korea Meteorological Administration: KMA's briefing on climate characteristics
Posted 26 April 2012

Monthly (March 2012) Climate Summary



◇ Near normal in temperature and sunshine duration, above normal in precipitation for March 2012 nationwide - The days of rain (10.8 days) for March 2012 was the second highest in a record extending back to 1973

◇ Higher temperature, larger precipitation, and shorter sunshine duration in March of 2012 than those of 2011 More

Climat : la météo des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles bientôt reconstituée ?
Posted 4 April 2012

Le projet CHEDAR1 a pour objectif d’évaluer la capacité des modèles numériques à simuler les séquences météorologiques emblématiques (vagues de chaleur ou de froid, épisodes post-éruption volcanique…) des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles, avant la mise en place des grands réseaux de stations météorologiques. Financé par l’ANR2, il réunit des climatologues du LSCE (CNRS/CEA/UVSQ), laboratoire coordinateur du projet, du LMD (CNRS/ENS/UPMC/Ecole Polytechnique)3, de Météo-France et des historiens du CHRQ4 (CNRS/Université de Caen Basse-Normandie). L’une des étapes du projet, la numérisation de relevés météorologiques du fonds d’archives de la Société royale de médecine, vient de s’achever. Les documents sont aujourd’hui consultables sur un site accessible au grand public : >> suite

Fiji Meteorological Service issues tropical cyclone alert:
Posted 23 March 2012

A TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT IS NOW IN FORCE FOR FIJI SEVERE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR ALL MAJOR RIVERS, STREAMS AND LOW LYING AREAS OF VITI LEVU. A STRONG WIND WARNING REMAINS IN FORCE FOR FIJI. Situation: Tropical cyclone daphne[995hpa] was located near 19.8S 172.7E or about 550 kilometres west-southwest of Nadi at 1pm today. Tropical cyclone Daphne is moving southeast at about 35 km/hr. Close to the centre the cyclone is estimated to have average wind speeds of 65 km/hr. For Viti Levu, Yasawa and Mamanuca group,Southern Lau group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands: Damaging gale force winds with average speeds of 65 km/hr and momentary gusts to 110 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. severe flooding of major rivers, streams and low lying areas including sea flooding of low-lying coastal areas. For the rest of Fiji: Strong northerly winds with average speeds 40 km/hr to 55km/hr and momentary gusts to 85 km/hr. Periods of rain, heavy at times and squally thunderstorms. Flooding of low-lying areas.


Bureau of Meteorology of Australia: The 2011–12 La Niña reaches its end
Posted 23 March 2012

The 2011–12 La Niña event has ended, with key indicators returning to neutral (neither El Niño nor La Niña) levels. Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest that neutral conditions will persist until at least early winter.

Key Pacific Ocean indicators are now at neutral levels, with values similar to those last seen in August 2011. Likewise, atmospheric indicators such as cloudiness, trade winds and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) have also returned to near-normal values for this time of year. Despite the 2011–12 La Niña not commencing until far later than normal (spring), the decline has been fairly typical of past events, with a peak in January and a return to neutral conditions during autumn.

The demise of the La Niña does not mean the risk of wet conditions (or tropical cyclones) over Australia has ended. While sea surface temperatures around the continent remain warmer than normal and the tropical wet season is active, there remains a risk of above average rainfall over Australia.

The Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) has limited influence on Australian rainfall from December through to April. Neutral IOD conditions are forecast for the southern hemisphere winter.



The President of Croatia visits the Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) on the occasion of the World Meterological Day
Posted 23 March 2012

The President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Ivo Josipović, visited the Croatian National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (DHMZ) on the occasion of the World Meteorological Day. The President congratulated all DHMZ staff and expressed his appreciation of the high quality of the services provided by DHMZ to the society and economic sectors. He expressed special interest in the DHMZ services in support of the national strategic planning for sustainable development and adaptation to climate change. The President was shown the operational facilities of DHMZ and had discussion with the senior management led by Mr Ivan Čačić, Director of DHMZ and President of the WMO Regional Association VI (Europe). Mr Josipović pointed out his support to the capacity development needs of the DHMZ, particularly related to the new headquarter premises.



Bilan final du 9e Forum International de la Météorologie et du Climat
Posted 23 March 2012

Genève, le 23 mars 2012 – La 9e édition du Forum International de la Météorologie et du
Climat, qui se tenait pour la 1ère fois à Genève, au siège de l’OMM (Organisation
Météorologique Mondiale), a fermé ses portes sur un bilan très satisfaisant.

Communiqué de presse

Une journée mondiale sous le signe du changement climatique
Posted 20 March 2012

«Le temps, le climat et l'eau: les moteurs de notre avenir». C'est sous ce thème que la journée internationale de la Météorologie du 23 mars célébrera l'entrée en vigueur de la Convention de l'Organisation météorologique mondiale (OMM). MétéoSuisse, l'Office fédéral de météorologie et de climatologie, est l'un de des 189 membres qui contribuent par ses prestations à ce que nous puissions continuer à profiter du temps, du climat et de l'eau à l'avenir.

L'année 2011 a été globalement l'année la plus chaude jamais enregistrée; depuis le début des mesures, jamais la glace de l'Arctique n'a été aussi fine, ni la concentration des gaz à effet de serre aussi haute. Les conséquences du changement climatique, qu'il s'agisse de tempêtes, sécheresses, crues ou autres catastrophes naturelles et météorologiques, se manifestent sous de multiples aspects. L'agriculture, la protection de la population, l'énergie, les transports et le tourisme - dans tous ces domaines, le changement climatique nous met face à de grands défis. Pour maîtriser les risques induits par les changements climatiques à moyen et à long terme, il est indispensable et d'une grande importance économique de pouvoir disposer d'informations météorologiques et climatiques fiables. Voilà ce que veut souligner l'OMM et ses membres, dont MétéoSuisse, lors de la journée mondiale de Météorologie de cette année, en traitant le thème «Le temps, le climat et l'eau: les moteurs de notre avenir».


Pakistan Meterological Department: National Climate Change Policy approved
Posted 19 March 2012

The federal advisor on climate affairs, Dr Qamar uz Zaman Chaudhry, has said that the National Climate Change Policy, recently approved by the federal cabinet, has been formulated with the aim of incorporating the factor of climate change in various socially vulnerable aspects of the economy for ensuring climate resilient development in the country.

Talking to The News on Saturday, Dr Chaudhry who is also Vice-President of World Meteorological Organization, Asia Region, highlighted the significance of National Climate Change Policy by saying that Pakistan was among 10 most climate change-vulnerable countries in the world. “The last two years’ devastating floods in the country proved this aspect clearly. The approval of this policy is well-timed and a significant development for the country,” said Dr Chaudhry.

“The main objectives of the policy are to pursue sustained economic growth by appropriately addressing the challenges of climate change and integrate this policy with other inter-related national policies. Also the policy is further aimed at ensuring water, food and energy security in the country,” he said.



CMA: Message of Zheng Guoguang on World Meteorological Day 2012
Posted 19 March 2012

This March 23 is the 52nd World Meteorological Day whose theme is "Powering Our Future with Weather, Climate and Water". This theme demonstrates that people have understood the important role of weather, climate and water in human being's future. In our sustainable development practice, all the countries should join together to help more and more sensitive weather, climate and water resources to drive future development and find out solutions to solve the problems in the present human being's imagedevelopment.

As an important part of natural environment and resources, weather and climate are important for people's production and life. Weather has close relation with our life and has always caught our attention. Colorful material and intellectual civilizations come from changes of climate and resource environment. Water is source of life and one of the most important resources for human being's sustainable survival and healthy life. We take powers for weather, climate and water to power our growth as well as experience difficulties brought by them: about 90% natural disasters are linked with weather, climate and water.



Bureau of Meteorology of Australia: State of the Climate - 2012
Posted 19 March 2012

This State of the Climate is the second paper produced by CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. It provides a summary of observations of Australia’s climate and analysis of the factors that influence it. It notes that the long-term warming trend has not changed, with each decade having been warmer than the previous decade since the 1950s. The warming trends observed around Australia are consistent with global-scale warming that has been measured during recent decades, despite 2010 and 2011 being the coolest years recorded in Australia since 2001. Global-average surface temperatures were the warmest on record in 2010 (slightly higher than 2005 and 1998). 2011 was the world’s 11th warmest year and the warmest year on record during a La Niña event. The world’s 13th warmest years on record have all occurred in the past 15 years.

CONAGUUA: Lluvias de febrero ayudan, pero la sequía en México sigue siendo grave
Posted 19 March 2012

Aunque las lluvias registradas durante la primera mitad de febrero de este año representaron un cierto alivio, la situación de la sequía en México sigue siendo grave, especialmente en algunos estados del norte de la República Mexicana.
2011 fue el decimotercer año más seco de la historia de México desde 1941, y los análisis del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional indican que las precipitaciones se mantendrán por debajo de sus niveles normales durante los próximos meses.



CONAGUA: WMO’s SG Michel Jarraud visits México to participate in the National Meteorological Service 135th Anniversary
Posted 19 March 2012

WMO’s Secretary General Michel Jarraud praised the progress accomplished so far in the modernization process of the National Meteorological Service (SMN) of México and said he expects México to play an increasingly important role in international cooperation and in developing the meteorological services of its southern neighbors.
In his address during the ceremony to commemorate the 135th Anniversary of México´s SMN, SG Jarraud said that México´s project, which was designed and its being implemented jointly with the WMO, is a milestone in international collaboration and added that he was proud and happy to be in the country representing the organization along with other members of the secretariat.


“NOAA: U.S. hurricane forecasters embark to Mexico & Caribbean on preparedness mission
Posted 6 March 2012

Bill Read.
NHC Director Bill Read chats with visitors to the USAF Hurricane Hunter aircraft during its visit to Roosevelt Roads, P.R., last year.

NOAA and the U.S. Air Force Reserve will host a series of public events from March 12 to 17 in six communities in Mexico and the Caribbean to encourage residents to prepare for the 2012 hurricane season which begins June 1.  

U.S. National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read; Senior Hurricane Specialist Lixion Avila; Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch meteorologist Gladys Rubio; and Air Force Reservists from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (WRS), 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base will educate residents of vulnerable communities about hurricane preparedness. Tours of the Air Force Reserve Command’s WC-130J “Hurricane Hunter” will offer an opportunity to learn how scientists collect hurricane information. 


Met Office hosts European weather training
Posted 6 March 20

Training professionals from 20 different nations are at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter for the seventh international EUMETCAL workshop.

EUMETCAL is the training co-operation programme between the national hydro-meteorological services (NHMS) in Europe and this annual workshop provides the opportunity for national trainers to develop skills and share technological applications and innovative training delivery methods.

The Met Office has been providing meteorological tuition for more than 70 years and has earned a reputation for being a world-leading provider of weather and climate training. The Met Office College offers a range of professional courses for meteorological service providers and tailored tuition for industry and the public sector delivered by meteorological experts and industry specialists.


Thai Meteorological Departtment: Three Monthly Forecast March – May 2012
Posted 6 March 2012

Upper Thailand: In early March, high pressure area from China will be covered northeastern and northern parts. Cool to cold weather will persist in northeastern and northern parts include the mountainous areas. Then, in mid-March to April, Easterly and southerly winds will prevail over upper Thailand and heat low pressure cell will dominate same areas in sometimes. Cause hot weather with very hot in some areas. Maximum temperature will be 40-42°C, mainly in northern, northeastern, upper central and eastern parts. However, thundershowers and thunderstorms usually experience in upper Thailand, resulting decreasing in temperature.May is the transition period from summer to rainy season. During the first half of the month, hot weather and isolated thundershower. Then increasing in rainfall because of the southwest monsoon will prevail over Thailand, resulting in isolated heavy falls in some periods. The amount of rainfall will be slightly above normal especially in May. For the
average temperature will be slightly below normal.

Southern Thailand. In March to end of April, the easterly or southerly winds
prevail over southern Thailand. Cause widely scattered to scattered thundershowers
and hot weather in some days. Waves height in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman
Sea will be 1 meters. Then, the southwest monsoon will prevail over the Andaman Sea
and southern Thailand. Resulting increasing in rainfall especially in the west coast with
isolated heavy falls. The amount of rainfall will be slightly above normal and the average
temperature will be will be slightly below normal.


Météo-Suisse: Bulletin climatologique février 2012
Posted 6 March 2012

En moyenne nationale, février 2012 a été un des 10 mois de février les plus froids depuis le début des mesures il y a quelque 150 ans. La vague de froid qui a frappé la Suisse au cours de la première quinzaine a été la plus intense depuis 27 ans. Malgré le froid, février a été extrêmement sec et ensoleillé.


AEMET: Febrero, extremadamente frío y muy seco
Posted 6 March 2012

imageEl mes de febrero ha sido extremadamente frío, con una temperatura media de 6,0 ºC, que queda 2,5 ºC por debajo de la media. Es el mes de febrero con un valor medio de las temperaturas mínimas diarias más bajo desde el año 1956. También ha sido muy seco, con una precipitación media que no llega al 30% de la normal. Se trata del mes de febrero más seco desde el año 2000.

Febrero ha sido extremadamente frío en España, con una temperatura media mensual de 6,0 ºC, valor que queda 2,5 ºC por debajo del valor medio normal del mes (Periodo de referencia: 1971-2000). Se trata del cuarto mes de febrero de temperatura  media mensual más baja desde el año 1961, después de los correspondientes a los años 1963, 1965 y 2005. Debido a las acusadas oscilaciones diurnas de temperatura registradas bajo condiciones de escasez de nubosidad, la anomalía térmica negativa ha sido especialmente acusada en el caso de las temperaturas nocturnas, habiendo    sido el mes de febrero con un valor medio de las temperaturas mínimas diarias más bajo  desde el año 1956.



135 Aniversario del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional de México
Posted 6 March 2012

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) de México cumple 135 años de haber iniciado sus operaciones, por lo que el 5 de marzo realizará una ceremonia conmemorativa en el emblemático Castillo de Chapultepec y presentará un libro que resume esos 135 años de historia.



Meteo-France: Bilan de l'hiver 2011-2012
Posted 6 March 2012

L’hiver 2011-2012 s’est montré particulièrement contrasté en France métropolitaine, alternant douceur et froid exceptionnel, pluies abondantes et déficit de précipitations.

Si la température moyennée sur la France et sur l’ensemble de l’hiver a été conforme à la normale, elle masque d’importantes variations. Les températures ont été très douces en décembre et janvier, avant de chuter brusquement fin janvier. Dès lors, une vague de froid remarquable a touché l’ensemble du pays jusque vers la mi-février, la fin de l’hiver connaissant ensuite des températures plus proches des normales*.
Après un mois de décembre abondamment arrosé à l’exception notable des régions méditerranéennes, les précipitations de janvier n’ont concerné que le Nord-Est et le nord des Alpes, précédant un mois de février remarquablement sec. Sur l’ensemble de la saison, le bilan pluviométrique est extrêmement déficitaire sur les régions méditerranéennes avec des cumuls de pluie souvent inférieurs à 20 % de la normale : cet hiver s’y classe parmi les plus secs depuis 1959. Sur le reste de la France, le bilan est contrasté : nettement déficitaires de la Bretagne au Sud-Ouest, les pluies ont été plus proches des normales ailleurs, voire parfois excédentaires sur le Nord et le Nord-Est de la France.

L’ensoleillement a été généreux cet hiver, notamment grâce à un mois de février très ensoleillé. Des Pays de la Loire aux frontières du Nord et du Nord-Est ainsi que sur les régions méditerranéennes, les durées d’ensoleillement ont été 20 % à 40 % supérieures à la moyenne**. Partout ailleurs, l’ensoleillement a été plus proche de la moyenne.



The Finnish Meteorological Institute helps Sudan to produce better weather and climate services
Posted 6 March 2012

Working in cooperation with the Sudan Meteorological Authority (SMA), the Finnish Meteorological Institute launched a project funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

The aim of the cooperation is to develop the SMA’s organisation and human resources so that the SMA can produce and convey more advanced weather and climate services for various sectors of society. The project alsoPhoto: Alessandro Chiariello supports the ongoing large investment project for modernising the observation network in Sudan. As part of the project, the Finnish Meteorological Institute’s experts train their Sudanese colleagues, for instance, how to operate and service modern weather observation instruments and how to utilise the data obtained for supplying society with increasingly better products and services.

The project also includes a separate segment of assistance to South Sudan, which is helped to develop an independent weather service



China's meteorological and secondary disasters have been increasing
Posted 6 March 2012

In recent years, China's meteorological disaster change has new conditions and characteristics: on one hand, under the backdrop of global warming, some extreme weather and climate events hit frequently which cause more and more dangerous meteorological disasters. On the other hand, with the socio-economic development, the influences of meteorological disasters show new conditions. When different industries improve the cooperation, the chain effect becomes prominent in the influence and intensity of meteorological disaster. Urbanization brings highly concentration of population and property, which causes severe vulnerability. To meet the needs of people's subsistence and development, resource and environment are destroyed which deepens the meteorological disaster. Therefore, China will face new challenges in terms of disaster prevention and reduction and responding to climate change.



The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet), RUSSIA: A Window to the unknown world of sub-glacial Lake Vostok has been opened
Posted 16 February 2012

On 5 February 2012, at 20.25 Moscow time, an event, the anitcipation of which had kept the international scientific community and many members of the domestic and foreign mass media in suspense, took place at Russia's inland research station Vostok in Antarctica. Specialists with the glaciological and drilling unit of the 57th Russian Antarctic expedition penetrated the relict waters of sub-glacial Lake Vostok at a depth of 3769.30 meters through a deep ice borehole. The event was confirmed by the digital data of the drilling parameters, which were recorded with a video camera, and by the rising level of the [drilling] fluid in the borehole, as well as by the extracted water sample and core of lake ice, which is being stored at the Vostok ice-core depository. >> More

National Meteorological Service of Mexico Celebrates 135th Anniversary
Posted 15 February 2012

The National Meteorological Service of Mexico celebrates its 135th anniversary this year, with a special ceremony 6 March attended by WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud. A special commemmorative book has been published to mark the anniversary.



Changement climatique : les nouvelles simulations françaises pour le GIEC
Posted 15 February 2012

Patrick Brockmann (LSCE/IPSL, CEA/CNRS/UVSQ) La communauté climatique française, réunissant principalement Météo-France, le CNRS, le CEA, l’UMPC et l’UVSQ (notamment à travers le CNRM, le CERFACS* et l’IPSL**) vient de terminer un important exercice de simulations du climat passé et futur à l’échelle globale (CMIP-5). Mis à disposition de la communauté internationale, ce travail sera utilisé par le Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (GIEC) pour établir son 5e rapport, dont le premier volet sera publié à la mi-septembre 2013.

La mission du GIEC est de recenser et de résumer toute l’information scientifique sur le changement climatique, ses impacts et les solutions pour l’atténuer ou s’y adapter. Tous les cinq ou six ans, ses rapports font un nouvel état des connaissances accumulées, en s’appuyant notamment sur les résultats de simulations du climat effectuées par une large communauté internationale. Pour cette édition, l’exercice de simulations a rassemblé une vingtaine de centres climatiques de par le monde. Il présente en outre un certain nombre d’innovations par rapport aux éditions précédentes, notamment la prise en compte de scénarios de gaz à effet de serre incluant des politiques climatiques de réduction des émissions et l’utilisation de modèles plus complexes et plus précis. Et pour la première fois, des prévisions climatiques pour la période 2010-2040 ont aussi été effectuées. 
Changements de la température à la surface de la Terre pour la période 2071-2100 par rapport à celle de la période 1971-2000 calculés par les modèles du CNRM-CERFACS et de l'IPSL pour le scénario moyen RCP4.5


2011 Climatological Summary by The National Meteorological Service of Mexico
Posted 6 February 2012

Mcoverexico has been experiencing one of its driest years in history. 2011 was the 13th most arid year since records were started in 1941. The amount of rainfall for the country as a whole was 697.1 mm, an anomaly of 11 per cent compared to the climatology of 778.8 mm. The main problem was the irregular distribution of the precipitation, as only three states had 15 per cent more than their average yearly rainfall, while 15 states recorded a deficit greater than 15 per cent. Some states suffered their driest year in history.

The National Meteorological Service (SMN) of Mexico prepared a PDF document with the 2011 Climatological Summary, which explains the rainfall and temperature situation month by month and offers graphics and statistics.

2011 Climatological Summary (in Spanish)

Environment Canada: Harper Gov't Strengthens Weather and Warning Systems
Posted 26 January 2012

Today, the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment, announced that the Harper Government is investing $78.7 million over the next five years to strengthen weather monitoring infrastructure, ensuring Canadians continued access to world-class weather, water and climate monitoring data.

“Canadians understand the impact that weather, particularly severe weather, has on all of us,” said Minister Kent. “This investment in Environment Canada’s weather monitoring infrastructure will result in improved weather forecasts and warnings to better protect Canadians.”  

The infrastructure upgrades will strengthen the Department’s core weather monitoring networks including the weather radar network, which is the backbone of Canada’s severe weather warnings service. The upgrades will also modernize the monitoring infrastructure and help Environment Canada’s weather service keep pace with the rapid evolution of new science and technologies.



NOAA: 2011 a year of climate extremes in the United States
Posted 26 January 2012

Selected Annual Records According to NOAA scientists, 2011 was a record-breaking year for climate extremes, as much of the United States faced historic levels of heat, precipitation, flooding and severe weather, while La Niña events at both ends of the year impacted weather patterns at home and around the world.

NOAA’s annual analysis of U.S. and global conditions, conducted by scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, reports that the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 53.8 degrees F, 1.0 degree F above the 20th century average, making it the 23rd warmest year on record. Precipitation across the nation averaged near normal, masking record-breaking extremes in both drought and precipitation.

On a global scale, La Niña events helped keep the average global temperature below recent trends. As a result, 2011 tied with 1997 for the 11th warmest year on record. It was the second coolest year of the 21st century to date, and tied with the second warmest year of the 20th century.



CMA: First image of FY-2F satellite successfully obtained
Posted 26 January 2012

At 11:30 a.m. on January 19 (Beijing Time), the National Satellite Meteorological Center of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) obtained the first image of the FY-2F meteorological satellite.

"In comparison with the FY-2E satellite, the quality of the iimagemage of FY-2F has greatly enhanced," said academician Xu Jianmin. The space environment observing device carried in the satellite opened on January 18 and observed two solar flares.

The FY-2F satellite was launched in Xichang Satellite Launch Center on January 13. On January 18, it was positioned at 112 E above equator. Based on the second batch of FY-2 satellite and the users’ need, the research and development unit has made technological improvement in the new satellite, such as extending service life from 3 to 4 years and doubling intensive observation life. The satellite is possessed with high time and resolution scanning capability for specific region, equipped with space environment observing device, and improved the visible light and infra-red radiation of cloud image which will enhance the observation efficiency, operating stability, observing quality and the accuracy of quantitative products.   


Meteo-France: A la découverte des archives du climat français
Posted 12 Janaury 2012

Grâce au soutien de la Fondation BNP Paribas, Météo-France et les Archives nationales engagent un ambitieux programme de sauvegarde et de traitement scientifique de 2 km linéaires d’archives sur le climat de la France et ses anciennes colonies de 1850 à 1960.

Le projet consiste à organiser la récupération de données météorologiques anciennes à partir de documents archivés. Le fonds (6300 cartons), conservé sur le site des Archives Nationales de Fontainebleau, est constitué de relevés d’observations météorologiques, de cartes de prévision et de pointage de mesures, d’atlas climatologiques... Il constitue une source d’informations inestimable sur l’histoire du climat.



 CMA issued "2011 China's climate report"
Postd 12 January 2012

On January 6, CMA issued "2011 China’s climate report" in Beijing. This report pointed out that in 2011 China’s climate was generally warm and dry; China’s average temperature was moderately high and 2011 was continuously the 15th warm year; China’s average precipitation was the minimum of nearly 60 years; rain belt of flood season moved towards north; regional and periodical meteorological disaster occurred frequently. According to preliminary statistics, in 2011, the direct economic loss caused by main meteorological disasters was 303 billion yuan, which was higher than the average number from 1990 to 2010. 1049 people were lost or missed, fewer than normal years.

According to data, the average temperature of China in 2011 was 9.3℃, 0.5℃ higher than the normal years. Days of high temperature in southern China were more than normal level.

Under the background of higher average temperature, the precipitation of 2011 was less. China’s average annual precipitation was 556.8mm, 9% less than the normal years as well as the minimum since 1951. From winter to next summer, the precipitation was continuously less. The situation was "flood in the north and drought in the south".


Lithuania signs accession agreement with EUMETSAT
Posted 12 Janaury 2012

At the end of December 2011, Lithuania signed the accession agreement to become a full Member State of EUMETSAT by 1 January 2014, subject to ratification by the Lithuanian parliament.
At the same time, Lithuania signed the extension of its Cooperating State agreement with EUMETSAT by a further two years to cover the period 2012-2013. The two agreements were signed by Mr. Gediminas Kazlauskas, the Lithuanian Minister of the Environment, and Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT.
Lithuania will become a full Member State of EUMETSAT by 2014 after having been a Cooperating State since 2005. Ratier welcomed the Lithuanian accession: “The signature of the accession agreement is the result of active cooperation between Lithuania and EUMETSAT. It clearly shows that Lithuania is aware of the value of our satellites for the monitoring of weather, climate and the environment, and will soon be ready to fully participate in strategic decisions on our future programmes, such as the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation.”


Icelandic Met Office: Measurements and simulation of volcanic ash for civil aviation workshop
Posted 9 January 2012

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A workshop on Measurements and simulation of volcanic ash for civil aviation will be held in Reykjavík 17th January 2012 at Orkugarður, Grensásvegi 9.

It is sponsored by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration, Icelandair and Isavia. The workshop leader is Sigurður M. Garðarsson, Dean of Environmental and Civil Engineering, University of Iceland.



Meteo France: Bilan de l'année 2011
Posted 9 January 2012 Copyright Météo-France

Après une année 2010 particulièrement fraîche en France métropolitaine (la plus froide de ces deux dernières décennies à égalité avec 1996), l'année 2011 se révèle être l’année la plus chaude que l’Hexagone ait connue depuis 1900. Avec une température moyenne annuelle dépassant de 1,5 °C la normale*, l’année 2011 détrône ainsi l’année 2003 qui détenait le précédent record** avec un écart de température de +1,3 °C. Le printemps et l’automne remarquablement chauds ont largement contribué à faire de l’année 2011 une année exceptionnellement chaude. En effet, le printemps 2011 se positionne au premier rang des printemps les plus chauds** et l'automne 2011 au second rang des automnes les plus chauds**.



Mexico: Precauciones por las bajas de temperatura y la posible
prolongación de la sequía, recomienda la Conagua
Posted 9 January 2012

Durante febrero y marzo lloverá menos de la mitad del promedio para esos meses
La Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua) recomendó a las autoridades y a la población prepararse para posibles descensos bruscos de temperatura, extremar la eficiencia en el uso del agua —especialmente en las actividades agropecuarias— e incrementar las medidas de prevención de incendios forestales, debido a que se prevé que continúe el invierno seco, heladas de mayor intensidad y una prolongación de la sequía hasta el verano próximo, informó José Luis Luege Tamargo, Director General de la dependencia.
Para prevenir daños a la salud de la población como consecuencia del frío, hizo énfasis en la importancia de atender diariamente los pronósticos y avisos del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) —dependiente de la Conagua—, solicitar a las autoridades estatales y municipales de Protección Civil informes sobre la ubicación de refugios temporales, no dormir a la intemperie y cuidar de manera especial a las personas más vulnerables.



Instituto de Meteorologia de la Republica de Cuba: Se prevé un enero frío o ligeramente frío, con pocas lluvias ...
Posted 9 January 2012

Enero es el tercer mes del período poco lluvioso en Cuba, el que se extiende hasta el mes de abril. Se produce en este mes una mayor afectación de los frentes fríos y de las masas de aire continentales en relación con los meses anteriores, lo que influye en el establecimiento de condiciones invernales con frecuencia.

En enero las precipitaciones dependen fundamentalmente de los sistemas frontales que afectan al país. Es a su vez uno de los meses menos lluviosos del año. Para el actual enero se prevén totales de precipitación cercanos o inferiores a lo normal en las regiones occidental y central, así como cercanas a lo normal en la región oriental del país



El Instituto Meteorologico Nacional (Costa Rica) Perspectiva Climática para el 2011
Posted 9 January 2012

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Rainfall and severe flooding over Thailand in 2011
Posted 9 January 2012

This year, flash flood affected some areas in upper Thailand since mid-May. In June, heavy rainfall occurred in many locations throughout the month caused by the influence of the active southwest monsoon and monsoon trough which lies across the upper Thailand.

The rainfall amount of Thailand since 1 January to 31 October was 1822.4 millimeters, about 28 percent above normal and the October rainfall was 201.8 millimeters, 10 percent above normal. Seasonal rainfall from May to October in 2011 was above normal of 20 – 60% for most Meteorological Station in northern part and of 10 - 40% with below normal in some areas in central part.



IRM: 2011 : l’année la plus chaude à Bruxelles-Uccle depuis 1833. image
Posted 9 January 2012

L’année 2011 restera dans les annales comme ayant battu le record de la température moyenne annuelle à Bruxelles-Uccle. C’est en effet l’année la plus chaude depuis 1833, lorsque l’on a commencé des observations météorologiques régulières à Bruxelles-Uccle. La température moyenne annuelle a atteint 11,6°C, soit 1,1°C au-dessus de la valeur moyenne sur la période 1981-2010 (c’est-à-dire la valeur « normale »). Cette valeur est aussi 0,1°C au-dessus du précédent record qui datait de 2007 et 0,2°C au-dessus de la valeur de 2006.



CMA: National gathering of meteorological bureau directors sets direction for 2012
Posted 9 January 2012

In this morning, the 2012 national meeting for meteorological bureau directors has been opened in Beijing. The meeting first conveyed the important instructions of Vice Premier Hui Liangyu. Dr. Zheng Guoguang, Administrator of China Meteorological Administration (CMA) made a working report with the theme of strengthening reform and innovation, and enhance the four capabilities to welcome the 18th CPC National Congress with excellent meteorological service.

In the instruction with CMA, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu fully confirmed the work of meteorological departments in 2011. He said that in the past year, meteorological departments made effective efforts for the service of weather forecast, disaster mitigation, agrometeorological service, and addressing climate change, which made great contributions to the reform and development of China and the prosperity of agriculture, rural areas and farmers. 



The First KMA Administrator Passed Away
Posted 5 January 2012image

Mr. PARK Yong Dai, former Administrator of the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) passed away on 17 December 2011 at the age of 79. Mr. Park became the first Administrator as the Central Meteorological Station (CMS) was promoted to what is known as today’s administration on 27 December 1990.



UK Met Office: Average December finishes a warm 2011
Posted 5 January 2012

30 December 2011 - Provisional figures from the Met Office reveal temperatures this December have been close to average, but 2011 overall is the second warmest year on record for the UK.

The mean temperature so far this December has been 4.7 °C, 0.5 °C above the 1971-2000 average. This is a big swing from 2010, when temperatures were 5 °C below average to notch up the coldest December on record.



The weather in Germany in 2011
Posted 5 January 2012

Weather in 2011: one of the five warmest years in Germany since 1881 Offenbach, 29 December 2011 – In 2011, the average temperature in Germany was 9.6 degrees Celsius (°C), which puts the ending year among the five warmest years since 1881. At 7.8°C, the previous year w as significantly cooler. The record temperature is still 9.9°C, recorded in 2000 . When it comes to sunshine, 2011 even takes a podium position: in Germany only 2003 and 1959 saw more sunshine, as the initial analysis by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) of data from its around 2,000 weather stations shows.



Annual Australian Climate Statement 2011
Issued 4 January 2012

The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Annual Climate Statement today (4 Jan), highlighting a year likely to go down as the third wettest on record, with widespread and severe flooding across northern and eastern Australia.

Last year's weather was dominated by two La Niña events. The first, one of the strongest in recorded history, began in 2010 and continued into the autumn of 2011. The second, weaker event, formed toward the end of winter.

The Spanish term La Niña translates as the ‘girl-child’. The meteorological opposite of El Niño, La Niña is associated with cooling in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean which often plays out in increased rainfall, particularly in the eastern states






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