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More bad news for the planet: greenhouse gas levels hit new highs

Geneva/New York, 26 October (WMO) – In yet another ominous climate change warning, atmospheric levels of the three main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide all reached new record highs in 2021, according to a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reported the biggest year-on-year jump in […]

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WMO predicts first “triple-dip” La Niña of the century

Geneva, 31 August 2022 – It is likely that the protracted La Niña event will last until at least the end of the year, becoming this century’s first “triple-dip“ La Niña, spanning three consecutive northern hemisphere winters (southern hemisphere summers), according to a new update from the World Meteorological Organization. The WMO El Niño/La Niña […]

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“This heatwave is the new normal”, WMO Secretary-General says

July 19, 2022 – “We have broken an all-time high in the UK”, said Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General. “Heatwaves will happen more frequently because of climate change. The connection has been clearly demonstrated by IPCC”. Stable high pressures, and hence the heatwave, are here to last for several days. This Tuesday was expected to be […]

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WMO: Hurricane Committee retires Ida, prepares for 2022 season

Geneva, April 27, 2022 (WMO) – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Hurricane Committee has retired Ida from the rotating lists of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction caused by the category 4 hurricane in the United States of America in 2021. Imani will instead be used in the lists of names, which are […]

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WMO recognizes new Arctic temperature record of 38⁰C

GENEVA, December 14, 2021 (WMO) – A temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on 20 June 2020 has been recognized as a new Arctic temperature record by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The temperature, more befitting the Mediterranean than the Arctic, was measured at a meteorological observing station during an exceptional […]

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WMO endorses Water Declaration, including the Water and Climate Coalition

The Extraordinary World Meteorological Congress has endorsed a Water Declaration, including the Water and Climate Coalition, to accelerate implementation of SDG 6, and approved a new vision and strategy for hydrology and an associated plan of action. The resolutions reflect the top priority given to water by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the face […]

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WMO: New climate report is a clarion call for urgent action

Geneva, 9 August 2019 (WMO) – A landmark new report by hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists is a clarion call for immediate action to slash greenhouse gases in the face of unprecedented and accelerating climate change, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said today. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I […]

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WMO verifies one temperature record for Antarctic continent and rejects another

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has recognized a new record high temperature for the Antarctic continent of 18.3° Celsius on 6 February 2020 at the Esperanza station (Argentina). However, it rejected an even higher temperature, of 20.75°C, which was reported on 9 February 2020 at an automated permafrost monitoring station (Brazil) on Seymour Island. The […]

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WMO: La Niña ends

Geneva, 1st June 2021 (WMO) – The 2020-2021 La Niña event has ended and neutral conditions (neither El Niño or La Niña) are likely to dominate the tropical Pacific in the next few months, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Air temperatures are expected to be above average between June and August, especially in the […]

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WMO: New climate predictions increase likelihood of temporarily reaching 1.5 °C in next 5 years

Geneva, 27 May 2021 (WMO) – There is about a 40% chance of the annual average global temperature temporarily reaching 1.5°C above the pre-industrial level in at least one of the next five years – and these odds are increasing with time, according to a new climate update issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). There is […]

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La Niña has developed

Geneva, 29 October 2020 – La Niña has developed and is expected to last into next year, affecting temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns in many parts of the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global declaration of a La Niña event is used by governments to mobilize planning in climate sensitive sectors like […]

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WMO will verify temperature of 54.4 degrees C (135 degrees F) in Death Valley, California

August 19, 2020 – The World Meteorological Organization will verify a temperature reading of 54.4°C (130°F), recorded at Death Valley, California, on 16 August amid an intense and extensive heatwave on the west coast of the USA. If validated, it would be the highest temperature on Earth since 1931 and third hottest temperature ever recorded […]

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WMO certifies Megaflash lightning extremes

Geneva, 25 June, 2020 (WMO) A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee of experts has established two new world records for the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Brazil and Argentina. The new records for “megaflashes”, verified with new satellite lightning imagery technology, more than double the […]

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WMO: Record CO2 levels and temperatures highlight need for action on World Environment Day

As the global community comes together to celebrate World Environment Day, important new data shows that the causes and indicators of climate change have reached new heights. May 2020 was the warmest May on record, according to one internationally recognized dataset. Carbon dioxide levels at a benchmark observing station also set a new record. This will […]

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Global Seasonal Climate Update provides guidance on temperatures, rainfall

Geneva, 12 May 2020 – Warmer than average sea surface temperatures across large parts of the globe in May and June are expected to result in above-normal land temperatures, particularly at tropical latitudes and much of the northern hemisphere, according to a new Global Seasonal Climate Update compiled for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The […]

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