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Updated: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:49:51 +0100

Global Drought Information System

A group of international experts convened in Pasadena, USA to discuss the next steps in coordinating global and regional information on drought monitoring, forecasting, and management. The Global Drought Information System (GDIS) Workshop: Next Steps was held from 11-13 December 2014 to review the physical mechanisms and predictability of drought world-wide, review and discuss regional capabilities and needs versus global capabilities, and to develop pilot projects as part of a limited duration real time demonstration of current GDIS capabilities.

12/17/2014 04:16 PM

WMO-backed study confirms 2014 on track to be Europe’s warmest year on record

A new analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be the region’s warmest year on record. Initial estimates forecast the January-December annual mean temperature for Europe to be 0.3°C above the previous record set in 2007. The top-10 of warmest years includes all the years from the year 2000 onward, with 1989 as the only exception, at sixth place.

12/17/2014 04:15 PM

EL NIÑO/LA NIÑA - Current Situation and Outlook

Steady warming of the tropical Pacific Ocean over the past two months has resulted in ocean surface temperatures reaching weak El Niño levels. However, the overlying atmosphere is showing a mix of responses, with some indicators exceeding El Nino thresholds, while others remain neutral. Models and expert opinion suggest there is approximately a 70% chance that a weak El Niño event will become established before the end of February 2015. If an event does occur, it is most likely to be weak and persist for the first quarter of 2015. Some El Nino-like impacts have already been observed in several countries, and impacts in other areas may develop regardless of whether an El Nino becomes fully established. National Meteorological and Hydrological Services and other agencies will continue to monitor Pacific Ocean conditions for further El Niño developments, and will assess the most likely local impacts.

12/05/2014 10:32 AM

2014 on course to be one of hottest, possibly hottest, on record

The year 2014 is on track to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This is largely due to record high global sea surface temperatures, which will very likely remain above normal until the end of the year. High sea temperatures, together with other factors, contributed to exceptionally heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others.

12/03/2014 04:01 PM

South East Europe meeting on climate services

A regional consultation in South East Europe has discussed how to pool knowledge and expertise to improve the provision of user-friendly climate services to boost resilience against weather and climate extremes in a region which has recently been hit by both drought and floods.

11/24/2014 02:46 PM

Mitigating the risk of drought in Central and Eastern Europe

Climate variability and changing precipitation patterns due to climate change render the countries of Central and Eastern Europe particularly vulnerable to drought. The World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership (GWP) have established the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) to assist these countries and others around the world to monitor and respond to drought, which is one of the world’s most significant natural hazards. Enhancing their resilience to drought will strengthen the ability of Central and Eastern European countries to adapt to climate variability and change.

11/24/2014 02:46 PM

Severe Weather Forecasting Project Gains Ground

A successful WMO project to help meteorological services in developing countries provide forecasts and warnings of hazardous weather is gaining momentum in Africa.

11/24/2014 02:45 PM

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