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World Meteorological Organization: 50-60% chance of El Niño later this year

April 28, 2017 – There is a 50-60% chance of an El Niño event forming in middle to late 2017, according to a new Update from the World Meteorological Organization. The El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a naturally occurring phenomenon involving fluctuating ocean temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific, coupled with changes in the […]

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World Meteorological Organization report highlights incidence of airborne dust in 2016

GENEVA, April 13, 2017 – The World Meteorological Organization has issued its first annual Airborne Dust Bulletin, giving an overview of atmospheric dust levels and geographical distribution in 2016. The report is part of efforts to improve observations and warnings of sand and dust storms, which pose serious risks to the environment, human health and […]

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WMO: Increased research, observation crucial to efforts to continue to protect the ozone layer and climate

April 3, 2017 – Top ozone experts from around the world highlighted the need for increased research and observations to inform policy on ozone and climate at a meeting sponsored by UN Environment and the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, 28 – 30 March. The 10th Ozone Research Managers (ORM) meeting concluded that integrated earth […]

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WMO confirms 2016 as hottest year on record, about 1.1°C above pre-industrial era

January 18, 2017 – The year 2016 has been confirmed as the hottest year on record, surpassing the exceptionally high temperatures of 2015, according to a consolidated analysis by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The globally averaged temperature in 2016 was about 1.1°C higher than the pre-industrial period. It was approximately 0.83° Celsius above the […]

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WMO: Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Prioritize the Most Vulnerable

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Nov. 17, 2016 – African least developed countries and Pacific Islands will be the first to benefit from upgraded early warning systems against weather and climate-related shocks under an action plan outlined at the United Nations climate change conference. Mali, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and small island developing states […]

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WMO: 2016 is set to break even the temperature records of 2015

Nov. 14, 2016 – It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global temperatures even higher than the record-breaking temperatures in 2015. Preliminary data shows that 2016’s global temperatures are approximately 1.2° Celsius above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Global temperatures for […]

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Two New Lightning Extremes Announced

September 16, 2016 – The Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization has just announced two new lightning extremes determined by a World Meteorological Organization committee of experts: the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Oklahoma (United States of America) and southern France. The lightning flash over […]