Fifty years ago...
Bulletin 4 (2), April 1955
Austria and Viet Nam became Members of the World
on 25 March and 1 April, respectively. On the latter
date, 62 States and 25 Territories were Members of WMO.
This made WMO one of the UN specialized agencies having
the most Members.
When the Convention of WMO entered into force on 23
March 1950, the Organization consisted of 52 Members (32
States and 20 Territories or groups of Territories). The
corresponding figures were 66 (46, 20) at the time of
between Switzerland and WMO
On 10 March
1955, an agreement between the Swiss Federal Council
and WMO to
govern the judicial status of the Organization in
Switzerland was signed. The agreement formally marked
the establishment of the WMO Secretariat on Swiss soil
and guaranteed the Organization rights similar to those
already granted the European Office of the United
Nations and its specialized
agencies with headquarters in Switzerland.
- Retirement and
A.K. ngstrm retired from his post as Director of the
Meteorological and Hydrological Institute on 31
December 1954. His grandfather,
A.J. ngstrm, gave
his name to the ngstrm unit. He was replaced by Dr
Alf Nyberg, who later (1963) became President of WMO.
Association for Asia
The first session of
the Regional Association for Asia was held in New
Delhi on the
premises of the Indian Meteorological Service from 2-14
February 1955, under the chairmanship of Mr S. Basu,
Director of the Indian Meteorological Service and
President of the Association. Eight of the nine members
of the Association were present at the session.
Among the problems
under consideration is the international
standardization of facsimile apparatus. Owing to the
many advantages of this
method of exchange of meteorological information, it is
expected that, gradually, most meteorological services
will become interested in using this facility. In order
to secure successful interworking between transmitters
and receivers in different countries, an international
standardization of equipment is essential. It is
important that the specifications standardized be
with the best interests of meteorology.