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News Updates - 2012
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CODES
FM 94 BUFR edition 3 and FM 95 CREX edition 1
In accordance with the agreement by the 15th session of the Commission for Basic Systems (CBS-XV) (Indonesia, September 2012) , the edition 3 of FM 94 BUFR and the edition 1 of FM 95 CREX are removed from the
Manual on Codes - Volume I.2 (WMO-No. 306) and are available from the
WMO Website at:
http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/WMOCodes/WMO306_vI2/PrevEDITIONS/BUFR3CREX1/BUFR3CREX1.html

The session also encouraged Members to convert to software that can handle the later editions.
Published: 01 November 2012
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Backup Observation by MTSAT-1R for maintenance of MTSAT's ground system
Notification from Japan Meteorological Agency
JMA plans to conduct the maintenance of MTSAT's ground system from mid-October to December 2012.  Due to the maintenance, MTSAT-1R will be operated as an observing satellite in place of MTSAT-2 from 03 UTC 18 October 2012 to 02 UTC 26 December 2012.  Instead of MTSAT-2 AMVs/CSRs, JMA will disseminate MTSAT-1R AMVs/CSRs from 03UTC 18 October to 02UTC 26 December.
Queries may be addressed to: t-h-imai@met.kishou.go.jp
Further information for the maintenance is available on the following web page:
http://mscweb.kishou.go.jp/operation/information/maintenance_h24_e.htm
Published: 02 October 2012
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 6 - Focal Point Contact Information for Port Meteorological Offices
  • Australia - 27 September 2012
  • New Zealand - 27 September 2012
To view list of amendments
Published: 01 October 2012
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CODES
Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by fast-track procedure
In accordance with the fast-track procedure for adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes, the Secretariat sent an email on amendments to the Manual on Codes to the focal points for codes and data presentation matters for comments by 17 September 2012.

No disagreements have been received from the focal points and the amendments were approved by the president of CBS on behalf of Executive Council (EC) to be implemented on 7 November 2012.

The amendments are available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Published: 01 October 2012
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Changes with respect to the identifiers in buoy reports from Météo-France
Notification from Météo-France:
In accordance with the decision taken by the Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) - 27th Session - 26 to 30 September 2011. The following actions regarding GTS bulletins for buoy observations will be implemented by Météo-France:

(i) To produce buoy bulletins with 7-digit buoy numbers in FM-94 BUFR format only (see action item 58).
(ii) To replace the sub-category value 255 (= missing value) with 25 (buoy observation (BUOY)) in all BUFR reports of buoy observations from 1200 UTC on 11 September 2012 (see action item 59).
Published: 10 August 2012
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WMO No 306 - Manual on Codes, Volume II - Regional Codes and National Coding Practices
Notification from Russian Federation
The national coding procedures by Russian Federation will be amended on 1 September 2012 for FM 12 SYNOP. The amendments are available from WMO web server.
Published: 17 July 2012
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 4 - Broadcasts by Radiotelegraphy and Radiotelephony
Notification from Meteo France regarding changes in scheduled times for some marine weather bulletins issued by Meteo France and broadcast in Mediterranean Sea by CROSS La Garde, were modified on 1 June 2012.

To view the amended Volume D pages.

Continue to view to view list of amendments...
Published: 20 June 2012
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Additional Data and Products - Resolution 40 (Cg-XII)
Notification from Meteo France that their list of "additional" data and products should be amended with immediate effect.

Notification from MeteoSwiss that their list of "additional" data and products should be amended with immediate effect.

Continue to view Additional Data and Products home page ...
Published: 18 June 2012
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CODES
Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) between CBS sessions
In accordance with the procedure for the adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes between CBS sessions, and as concurred by the president of CBS, the WMO letter No. OBS/WIS/DRMM/DRC (PR-6630) (En, Fr, Ru, Sp) dated 7 March 2012, including draft amendments to the Manual on Codes, was dispatched to all WMO Members for comments by 7 May 2012.

The WMO Secretariat only received comments approving the draft amendments. The amendments are therefore approved in accordance with the procedure for the adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes between CBS sessions.

The president of CBS agreed to notify all WMO Members of the approval of the amendments through the WWW Operational Newsletter for implementation as of 7 November 2012 with an exception of an amendment on 6 November 2013.
Published: 7 May 2012
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CODES
Adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes (WMO No. 306) by fast track procedure
In accordance with the fast-track procedure for adoption of amendments to the Manual on Codes, the Secretariat sent an email on amendments to the Manual on Codes, to the focal points for codes and data presentation matters, for comments by 16 April 2012.

No disagreements have been received from the focal points and accordingly the amendments were approved by the president of CBS, on behalf of Executive Council (EC), to be implemented on 2 May 2012.

The amendments are available in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
Published: 23 April 2012
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 6 - Focal Point Contact Information for Port Meteorological Offices
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - effective 2 March 2012
  • Thailand - 15 March 2012
  • Russian Federation - 21 March 2012
  • New Zealand - effective 23 February 2012
  • Malaysia - effective 17 February 2012
  • Japan - 9 March 2012
  • Ireland - effective 17 February 2012
  • Hong Kong, China - 15 March 2012
  • Greece - 15 March 2012
  • Gambia - 6 March + 20 March 2012
  • France (incl. La Réunion and New Caledonia) - 5 March 2012
  • Australia - 13 March 2012

    To view list of amendments
Published: 28 March 2012
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Additional Data and Products - Resolution 40 (Cg-XII)
Notification from Meteo France that their list of "additional" data should be amended with immediate effect. A list of "additional" products will be available towards the end of June 2012.

Continue to view Additional Data and Products home page ...
Published: 24 February 2012
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The WMO Observing Requirements Database
The WMO Observing Requirements Database is now available for consultation. Directives are provided on the web page to assist users.

This database is the official repository of requirements for observation of physical variables in support of WMO Programmes and Co-sponsored Programmes. These requirements are maintained by the focal points designated for each application area. It is the foundation of the Rolling Requirements Review (RRR) process overviewed by the Expert Team on Evolution of Global Observing Systems (ET-EGOS) of CBS.

Should you encounter any difficulties or require further explanation, do not hesitate to contact the WMO Secretariat.
Published: 24 February 2012
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 3 - Radio-Facsimile Broadcasts
  • Boston, Massachusetts - USA to be amended effective 1 February 2012.
  • New Orleans, Louisiana - USA to be amended effective 3 April 2012.
To view list of amendments
Published: 07 February 2012
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WMO Publication No. 544 - Manual on the Global Observing System
Volume II - Regional Aspects
Following the decisions of the most recent sessions of Regional Associations II, III and IV and Congress (Cg-XVI) which is responsible for WMO Polar activities, a revised WMO Publication No. 544 - Manual on the Global Observing System, Volume II (Regional Aspects) has been published in four languages (E/F/S/R).

This mandatory publication is available via:
http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/OSY/Manuals_GOS.html and
ftp://ftp.wmo.int/Documents/MediaPublic/Publications/
Published: 20 January 2012
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Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 6 - Contact information for National Focal Points for the WMO GMDSS
Amendment to email address for METAREA XI - Japan

  • Email address should read: iao-jma@met.kishou.go.jp

To view list of amendments
Published: 18 January 2012
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