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WWW Operational Newsletter - 2014
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Additional Data and Products - Resolution 40 (Cg-XII)
Notification from the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI)
Effective 1 September 2014 all SYNOP observations from SMHI will be categorised as "essential" data. The bulletin headers will remain unchanged.

To view letter from SMHI
Additional Data and Products home page...
Published: 25 August 2014

Envisaged stop of E-AMDAR TAC data (FM42) via GTS and the corresponding migration to TDCF
Notification from EUMETNET
The UK Met Office will transmit E-AMDAR bulletins in both BUFR (FM94) and TAC (FM42) until 1100 UTC on Monday 3 November 2014. All E-AMDAR data will migrate to the WIGOS AMDAR BUFR Template TM311010v7 (adopted by IPET-DRC May 2012). Any E-AMDAR data with a nominal time in the period of 1100-1200 UTC may be transmitted in both formats.

From 1200 UTC on Monday 3 November 2014, the transmission of E-AMDAR bulletins in TAC format on the GTS will cease.

In case your NMHS is not ready for a stop of the E-AMDAR FM42 message dissemination or switch to WIGOS AMDAR BUFR Template TM311010v7 please contact: eucos@dwd.de and Steve.Stringer@metoffice.gov.uk as soon as possible.

Kindly forward this letter to the GTS message switching section and the users of AMDAR aircraft data in your NMHS.
Published: 19 August 2014

WIS Discovery METADATA
WMO No 1060 - Manual on WIS, Adoption of amendments by fast-track procedure
In accordance with the fast-track procedure for adoption of amendments to the Manual on WIS, the Secretariat sent a list of amendments to focal points for comments on 11 December 2013.

No disagreements were received from the focal points. The president of CBS adopted the amendments on behalf of Executive Council (EC) for implementation on 15 May 2014.

>>View above text in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish
>>View the amendments
Published: 23 May 2014

Launch of Data Collection or Production Centre (DCPC) for World Weather Information Service
Notification from Hong Kong Observatory (HKO)
The Hong Kong Observatory announces that the Data Collection or Production Centre (DCPC) for the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) has moved to the operational phase effective 15 May 2014.

The WWIS at http://worldweather.wmo.int is a web site operated by HKO on behalf of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). It serves as a centralized source on the Internet of the official weather information issued by the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs). By April 2014, a total of 166 WMO Members supplied weather forecasts or climatological data for showing on the WWIS. As an integral component of the WMO Information System (WIS), the DCPC for WWIS serves three major functions:

1. Provide online services for global users to search and access the official weather forecasts and climatological information for cities around the world collected under the WWIS programme.
2. Offer subscription service for users to automatically receive weather information of their interest. The information is encoded in XML format to facilitate further data processing.
3. Provide metadata of the weather information available at the DCPC for WWIS to the Global Information System Centres (GISC) under the WIS framework to enable searching of weather information through the GISC’s Discovery, Access and Retrieval (DAR) services.

From the DCPC for WWIS portal (http://dcpc.worldweather.org), users can search for weather forecast and climatological information products currently available under the WWIS programme. They can request direct access to the most recent issues of the products or set up a subscription to get the products delivered once they arrive at the DCPC (please refer to the user guide in the Appendix). The web portal is open to all participating NMHSs of the WWIS programme.

For more information about the service of DCPC of WWIS, please contact Mr. CHAN Sai-tick, Forecast Systems Division, Hong Kong Observatory at email: dcpc@hko.gov.hk.
Published: 16 May 2014

CODES
WMO 306 Manual on Codes, Volume II - Regional Codes and National Coding Practices
Notification from the Islamic Republic of Iran
The national coding practice by Islamic Republic of Iran will be amended on 1 June 2014 for FM 12 SYNOP.
The amendments are available at: http://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/WMOCodes/WMO306_vII/VolumeII.html.
Published: 5 May 2014

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 between CBS sessions, and as approved by the president of CBS, the WMO letter No. OBS/WIS/DRMM/DRC (PR-6745) (En, FrRuSpAr) dated 21 February 2014, including draft amendments to the Manual on Codes, was delivered to all WMO Members for comments.

The WMO Secretariat received no disagreements on the draft amendments in the letter by 21 April 2014.  The amendments are therefore approved in accordance with the Procedure.

With respect to the Item 5 in the amendments, please note that it could be reflected, if applicable, in relevant software when it is possible, because it is a reminder for correct reporting.

The president of CBS agreed to notify all WMO Members and members of EC of the approval of the amendments through the WWW Operational Newsletter.

The implementation date of amendments is 5 November 2014.
Published: 1 May 2014

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 a list of amendments to the focal points for codes and data presentation matters for comments on 3 February 2014.

No disagreements were received from the focal points, while the focal point of France proposed additional entries in the Common Code table C-12, which are considered as minor adjustments and "will be done by the Secretary-General in consultation with the president of CBS" in accordance with the fast-track procedure.

The president of CBS adopted the amendments, including the additional ones by France, on behalf of Executive Council (EC) for implementation on 7 May 2014.

The amendments are available in  EnglishFrenchRussian and  Spanish.
Published: 15 April 2014

Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 6 - Focal Point Contact Information for Port Meteorological Offices
Amendments (in country alphabetical order):

January February
March
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Australia 12 March 2014
Canada 31 March 2014
Chile 17 March 2014
Croatia 26 March 2014
EUMETNET 4 March 2014
France 27 February 2014
Greece 28 March 2014
Hong Kong, China 18 March 2014
Indonesia 28 March 2014
Malaysia 26 March 2014
Netherlands 10 January 2014
New Zealand 25 March 2014
Sweden 19 March 2014
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 17 January 2014

To view Volume D
Published: 15 April 2014

CODES
Revision of the circular letter (French version) on amendment to the Manual on Codes (PR-6745)
In accordance with the comment from the Permanent Representative of France, the circular letter (French version) on the amendments to the Manual on Codes through the procedure for adoption of amendments between CBS sessions was updated and has been made available from the WMO web.

The revision was made editorially to Note 3 of Regulation 15.7.4.2 of FM 15 METAR/FM 16 SPECI so that the French text is consistent with the corresponding English text.
Published: 14 March 2014

Volume D - Information for Shipping
Chapter 3 - Radio-Facsimile Broadcasts
Notification from Japan Meteorological Agency
To amend Volume D, Chapter 3 - Radio-Facsimile Broadcasts (see amendments)
To view Volume D
Published: 23 January 2014

Volume A - Observing Stations
METNO archive
Flatfile of data on observing stations
Published: Every Thursday


Volume C1 - Catalogue of Meteorological Bulletins
METNO archive
Flatfile of catalogue of meteorological bulletins
Published: Every Tuesday

Buoy Data
Australia - Published: Monthly
Canada - Published: Monthly
Ireland - Published: Monthly
New Zealand - Published: Monthly
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - Published: Hourly
United States of America - Published: Weekly
EUMETNET Surface Marine Programme- Published: Monthly


Meetings
WMO List of Meetings
World Weather Watch Programme (WWW)
WMO Information System (WIS)
Global Observing Systems (GOS)
World Climate Data and Monitoring Programme (WCDMP)

Published: Weekly


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