February 2009

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World Meteorological Day 2009

Each year, on 23 March, the Secretariat and the 188 Member of the World Meteorological Organization, and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme.

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World Climate Conference-3

Climate prediction and information for decision-making
Geneva, Switzerland
31 August – 4 September 2009
Geneva International Conference Centre

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Latest WMO El Niño/La Niña Update

Although sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific cooled in December 2008, indicating La Niña-like conditions, the latter are already weakening and meteorologists do not expect a prolonged basin-wide La Niña event.

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Temperature and precipitation extremes in western Central Africa, Guinea and Zimbabwe: an international effort

The regional climate change workshop organized by the WMO Joint Expert Team on Climate Change Detection and Indices in Brazzaville, Congo, in April 2007 represented the start of a cooperative effort that has resulted, for the first time, in a true analysis of temperature and precipitation extreme indices over western Central Africa, Guinea and Zimbabwe.

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The effects of anthropogenic aerosols on rainfall and snowfall: a science assessment of WMO and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics

Quantitative testing of the hypothesis that modification of atmospheric aerosol abundance and characteristics dominates the potential changes in precipitation has not yet been done. WMO and the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics recognized the importance of this issue and formed a group to assess knowledge of this subject and suggest directions for future research.

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South-east Australian heatwave: the hottest in 100 years

An exceptional heatwave affected south-eastern Australia in late January and early February 2009. It was followed by the worst wildfire disaster in Australian history.

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Prizes in meteorology and related discipines

  • Award named after former WMO President, Roman Kintanar
  • NASA scientist wins top American Meteorological Society honour
  • Islamic Republic of Iran Meteorological Organization: journal wins award
  • Zayed Future Energy Prize
  • Chinese climatologist wins French prize

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