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Updated: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 06:37:54 +0200

The World Weather Open Science Conference 2014 (WWOSC2014): "The Weather: what's the outlook?"

"The Weather: What's the Outlook," is the theme of the World Weather Open Science Conference 16-21 August, bringing together the entire weather science and user communities for the first time.

07/30/2014 11:18 AM

Latin America Climate Services Workshop

A regional workshop aimed at strengthening the provision of climate services like seasonal outlooks and El Nino forecasts and tailoring them to user needs in Latin America takes place in San Jose, Costa Rica 28-30 July.

07/28/2014 09:46 AM

NOAA and JMA: June is hottest June on record

The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began, driven by record sea surface temperatures, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Japan Meteorological Agency's Tokyo Climate Center. May was also the hottest May on record.

07/24/2014 09:55 AM

Aeronautical Meteorological Services Face the Future _ Meeting focused on efficiency and safety as passenger numbers soar

The future provision of meteorological services vital to the safety and efficiency of the rapidly growing and globalizing airline industry was discussed at a major gathering in Montreal, Canada. Challenges such as volcanic ash and the impact of so-called space weather were also high on the agenda.

07/22/2014 05:09 PM

Signature of Policy on the Exchange of Hydrological and Meteorological Data and Information in the Sava River Basin

Within the 35th Session of the International Sava River Basin Commission (ISRBC), the representatives of the national hydrological and meteorological services (NHMSs) of the Sava River Basin countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia) met in Ljubljana (Slovenia) to sign the "Policy on the Exchange of Hydrological and Meteorological Data and Information in the Sava River Basin".

07/16/2014 05:15 PM

Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes

Weather, climate and water-related disasters are on the rise worldwide, causing loss of life and setting back economic and social development by years, if not decades. From 1970 to 2012, 8 835 disasters, 1.94 million deaths, and US$ 2.4 trillion of economic losses were reported globally as a result of hazards such as droughts, extreme temperatures, floods, tropical cyclones and related health epidemics, according to a new report.

07/11/2014 10:47 AM

WMO and WHO Establish Joint Office for Climate and Health

The World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization have joined forces to tackle the increasing risks to human health posed by weather and climate hazards such as extreme temperatures, floods, droughts and tropical cyclones. A new WHO/WMO Climate and Health office has been established under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) to promote the coordinated development and use of climate services to improve public health. It will increase awareness, build capacity, and connect meteorological services with experts in the health sector in an active partnership for climate adaptation and risk management.

07/08/2014 10:46 AM

Executive Council Aims to Strengthen Meteorological Services

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council has agreed on measures to strengthen the delivery and quality of weather, water and climate services vital to public safety, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability. Discussions during the 10-day meeting (18-27 June) also focused on how to build the capacity of, and recognition for, National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) and secure appropriate funding necessary to the growing challenges posed by climate change, extreme weather events, pollution and urbanisation.

07/03/2014 10:59 AM

WMO Update: Prepare for El Nino

There is a 60% likelihood of an El Nino being fully established between June and August, increasing to 75-80% for the October to December period, according to an El Nino Update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Based on advice from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, many governments have already started preparing for the arrival of El Nino, which is associated with regional-scale drought and flood situations in different parts of the world and has a warming influence on global average surface temperatures.

06/26/2014 11:05 AM

Upgrade for World Weather Information Service

The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) highly successful World Weather Information Service website has been revamped and upgraded to a more modern and user-friendly format. Developed and operated by the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) on behalf of the WMO, the website provides official weather forecasts for 1 719 cities around the world supplied by 133 WMO Members. It is available in ten languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

06/23/2014 01:46 PM

Executive Council Discusses Climate Services, Extreme Weather

The World Meteorological Organization's annual Executive Council meeting opened 18 June with a focus on providing better weather and climate services to protect a growing urban-based global population challenged by climate change, extreme weather events, pollution, pressure on water supplies and food insecurity. "The year that has passed since our last session has been marked by a number of extreme weather and climate events: cold waves and major winter storms in North America; extremely high temperatures and heat waves from eastern Mongolia to eastern China as well as in Australia, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa; widespread and prolonged flooding in the UK and more recently extreme floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia," said WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.

06/19/2014 09:33 AM

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