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Celebration marking 90 years of history
of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service

On 30 September 2011, the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service (LHMS) in Vilnius celebrated its 90th anniversary.

The history of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service goes back to 30 September 1921, when a Central Meteorological Station, the predecessor of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service, was established by the Lithuanian Government Resolution.

But the Lithuanian hydrometeorology has even longer history. The Vilnius University Observatory headed by Martynas Počobutas [Marcin Poczobutt] began to regularly measure the air temperature in 1770; shortly after that rainfall measurements have been initiated. Hydrological observations on the River Nemunas by Smalininkai date back to 1811. Even the great wars did not break meteorological and hydrological observations, owing to staff awareness of the value of continuity of their work and their personal consciousness.

Today, the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of the Environment celebrates not only its 90th anniversary. This year is also the twentieth year since the accession of the Republic of Lithuania to the Convention of the World Meteorological Organisation.

Prof. Mieczysław Ostojski, 2nd Vice-President of WMO
and PR of Poland with WMO delivers his address
Ms Vida Auguliene, PR of Lithuania
reads a message from the
Secretary-General WMO

Congratulations on behalf of the President of WMO and his own were delivered by the WMO 2nd Vice-President Prof. Mieczyslaw Ostojski, PR of Poland with WMO. A message from the WMO Secretary-General, Michel Jarraud, was presented by Ms Vida Auguliene, PR of Lithuania with WMO.

Rapid development and new technologies come along with the independence of Lithuania. LHMS represents the Republic of Lithuania in the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) as well as in the HIRLAM (High-Resolution Limited-Area Modelling) Consortium. LHMS also participates in the activities of other international meteorological and hydrological organizations.

The Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service, taking into account enormous achievements in meteorology and hydrology in recent decades, spares no effort striving to further develop its activities, to enhance the provision of services for state agencies, contractual customers and general public.

Lithuanian Minister of Environment, Mr Gediminas Kazlauskas welcomes Prof. Mieczyslaw Ostojski, 2nd Vice-President of WMO







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