May 2014

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El NIno La Nina      
El Niño/La Niña Update

El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) indicators in the tropical Pacific have generally remained at neutral levels into the early part of the second quarter of 2014;

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logo geo       GEOSS Opens Access to Earth Observation Data and Information

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), now in the final two years of its first implementation phase, is working to fill significant gaps in global environmental monitoring and analysis capabilities.

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The Commission re-elected Dr Byong-Lyol Lee (Republic of Korea) as president and Dr Federica Rossi (Italy) as vice-president       Agri-Met Commission Defines Priority Areas

Global food security is under constant threat from weather and climate extremes and will face further challenges from a variable and changing climate.

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        Communicators on Weather and Climate

The world’s weather presenters are effective communicators ideally positioned to address the public on the issue of climate change, including its causes, impacts, and adaptation and mitigation options.

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Maputo       The Indian Ocean Data Rescue Initiative

East African and Australian droughts, flooding in India, Pakistan and Southern Africa and other such events have caused large socio-economic impacts in affected and neighboring countries.

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rainfall       New Record for Two-Day Rainfall

Cherrapunji, India, now holds the world record for two-day (48-hour) rainfall, with 2 493 millimeters (98.15 inches) recorded on 15–16 June 1995. This rainfall total exceeds the previous record of 2 467mm (97.1”) associated with the passage of a tropical cyclone over the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion (France) in April 1958.

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rwanda       Mentoring and Exchange between East Africa and the UK

Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP) aims to enable a cascading of products and services from numerical weather prediction models from global to regional to national centres, thus ensuring that the best possible information is available to national forecasters.

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FROM NASA

     
Ingrid and Manuel Retired

The WMO hurricane committee announced in April that it would no longer use the name Ingrid for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic, and the name Manuel in the eastern North Pacific, because of the death and destruction both storms caused in Mexico in September 2013.

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2-metre temperature anomalies 11-17 March 2013

     

The March 2013 Cold Wave Over Europe

March 2013 was exceptionally cold over most of Europe and was the second coldest March in the UK since 1910. The temperature anomalies extended over large portions of North America and Asia.

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jean-michel Lefevre      
Obituary for Jean-Michel Lefèvre

Jean-Michel Lefèvre, a colleague and dear friend to many of us in the wave modeling community, passed away on Saturday, 5 April, after a 15-month struggle against disease.

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