December 2010

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Iberoamerican Meteorological Services strengthen outreach

Communication officials of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in Iberoamerica – grouping Spain, Portugal and 19 countries of central and south America – set up a joint communication network to improve weather and climate information, following a June meeting in San Jose by the National Meteorological Institute of Costa Rica and WMO, with the support of the Spanish State Agency of Meteorology (Aemet).



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METEOTERM: Latest weather and climate terms


The latest version of METEOTERM, the World Meteorological Organization’s terminology database, is now available free online.

With nearly 42 500 entries, METEOTERM is the world’s largest multilingual weather and climate terminology database. English is the source language, with translations available for each term in up to 5 languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.

The database includes the Inter­national Meteorological Vocabulary, the International Glossary of Hydrology, and related scientific terms from WMO documents. It is continuously updated by WMO language services.

Originally developed as a reference for translators and interpreters, positive feedback from national weather services, international organizations and the general public led WMO to upgrade the database and extend its access.


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Youth corner


WMO launched a “Youth corner” on its web site for World Environment Day in June. Now available in English and French, the Youth Corner has stories, videos, games and experiments. The sources are from national weather, water and climate agencies, or international organizations with youth pages, as well as WMO.

We welcome feedback, as well as reader suggestions for new materials. We encourage Members to use the site in preparing for the next World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2011, which focuses on the theme, “Climate for You.”






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