April 2009


Chilean Directorate of Meteorology founded 125 years ago


The Chilean Directorate of Meteorology (DMC) was founded 125 years ago. Over the years, DMC and its predecessors have made an effective contribution to satisfying the country’s socio-economic needs, especially in important areas such as aviation, basic and applied research, reducing natural disaster risks, environmental protection and socio-economic development.

A commemorative event was held in Santiago de Chile on 26 March, which was attended by Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, who highlighted the significant progress made in meteorological services.



(from left to right)— José Huepe, Director of the Chilean Directorate of Meteorology (DMC), Myrna Araneda, Director of DMC, Alejandro Muñoz, Chief of the Forecasting Subdepartment of DMC, Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, y Patricio Aceituno, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Physcial and Mathematical Sciences of the University of Chile



DMC is part of the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation and is headed by Ms Myrna Araneda, who is also the Permanent Representative of Chile with WMO. Ms Araneda was recently elected vice-president of WMO Regional Association III (South America).

Chile has been a Member of WMO since May 1957.

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