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Tropical Cyclone Eloise threatens Mozambique

22.1.2021|Vreme

Tropical Cyclone Eloise is intensifying and is expected to make landfall at 0300 UTC on 23 January in Mozambique, as the equivalent of a category 2 strength on the Saffir Simpson scale.
It will bring hurricane-force winds, heavy rainfall and the risk of coastal flooding, with widespread humanitarian impacts, and underlines once again the importance of WMO?s efforts to strengthen early warnings and build resilience, especially in vulnerable countries on the frontline of climate change.
Eloise impacted Madagascar before crossing the Mozambican Channel, killing at least one person and...

USA will rejoin Paris Agreement

21.1.2021|Vreme

The World Meteorological Organization has joined the international community in welcoming the announcement by President Joe Biden that the United States of America will re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
UN Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres issued the following?statement:
?I warmly welcome President Biden?s steps to re-enter the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses and people taking ambitious action to confront the climate crisis.? ?
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Following last year?s?Climate Ambition...

WMO supports healthy, sustainable, resilient cities

20.1.2021|Vreme

A preparatory webinar for the 16th Global Forum on Human Settlements was held on January 15, 2021. Its theme was ?International Green Model City Initiative: Call for Stronger Actions Towards Healthy, Resilient, and Carbon-Neutral Cities.?
Approximately 30,000 professionals around the world participated, including WMO Deputy Secretary-General Elena Manaenkova. The meeting was opened by Lu Haifeng, Secretary General of Global Forum on Human Settlements.
In the five years since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an increasing number of countries, regions and cities have made...

Factors behind the heavy snowfall and low temperatures in Japan from mid-December 2020 onward and weather outlook - Japan Meteorological Agency

20.1.2021|Vreme

Japan experienced a series of heavy snowfall events from mid-December 2020 onward, especially the Sea of Japan side of the country. The snowfall amounts were record-breaking in some places.?One of the factors for these events is considered to be the southward meandering of both the polar front and subtropical jet streams around Japan, resulting in continuous cold air flow into the country. The meandering of these polar front and subtropical jet streams was likely to be linked to a blocking high over western Siberia and the ongoing La Ni?a condition, respectively.?The summary of...

WMO head is named European of the Year by Readers Digest

18.1.2021|Vreme

World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Professor Petteri Taalas has been named ?European of the Year? by Readers Digest magazine for his role in galvanizing action on climate change.
Each year Reader's Digest editors in Europe nominate a shortlist of Europeans who have had a major influence on a pressing contemporary issue and are helping to make the world a better place. The award recognizes Prof Taalas's prominent role in Europe and at international level in in efforts to tackle climate change and its impacts.
"Growing numbers of states and individuals are aware of the...

WMO head is named European of the Year by Readers Digest

18.1.2021|Vreme

World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Professor Petteri Taalas has been named ?European of the Year? by Readers Digest magazine for his role in galvanizing action on climate change.
Each year Reader's Digest editors in Europe nominate a shortlist of Europeans who have had a major influence on a pressing contemporary issue and are helping to make the world a better place. The award recognizes Prof Taalas's prominent role in Europe and at international level in in efforts to tackle climate change and its impacts.
"Growing numbers of states and individuals are aware of the...

Latest EEA study finds multiple benefits of switch to renewable electricity

14.1.2021|Okolje

The increased use of renewable electricity across the European Union has not only reduced pressures linked to climate change, but also to air and water pollution (particulate matter formation, eutrophication and acidification), according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing published today. More targeted actions can help minimise the negative environmental effects of boosting renewable electricity supply.

Step up climate change adaptation, says UN report

14.1.2021|Vreme

As temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious costs, damages and losses, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report finds.
WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petter Taalas joined a high-level panel on 14 January to release the report, which finds that the pace of adaptation financing is indeed rising, but is outpaced by rapidly increasing adaptation costs. Annual adaptation costs in developing countries are estimated at USD 70 billion. This figure is expected to reach USD 140-300 billion in...

2020 was one of three warmest years on record

14.1.2021|Vreme

Cooling La Ni?a event failed to tame the global heat
Geneva, 14 January 2021 - The year 2020 was one of the three warmest on record, and rivalled 2016 for the top spot, according to a consolidation of five leading international datasets by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). A naturally occurring cooling climate phenomenon, La Ni?a, put a brake on the heat only at the very end of the year.
All five datasets surveyed by WMO concur that 2011-2020 was the warmest decade on record, in a persistent long-term climate change trend. The warmest six years have all been since 2015, with...

Top 10 weather and climate events in 2020 unveiled - China Meteorological Administration

12.1.2021|Vreme

Recently, the selection result of the top 10 domestic and global weather and climate events in 2020 has been unveiled.?The selection results of the top 10 weather and climate events in China have reflected the major features of weather and climate conditions in 2020 in China: firstly, more days of rainstorm with strong intensity and high overlapping of rain coverage in the flood season; secondly, more days of high temperature and staged meteorological drought in many regions; thirdly, early onset, high frequency and strong intensity of severe convective weather; fewer generations and...

The Year's Weather – 2020 - Hong Kong Observatory

12.1.2021|Vreme

Globally, 2020 is on track to be one of the three warmest years on record according to the World Meteorological Organization's preliminary assessment. Over the Arctic, the sea-ice extents for July and October 2020 were the lowest on record and the annual minimum in September was also the second lowest. In 2020, various extreme weather events continued to wreak havoc in different parts of the world, including heatwaves in the Australia, Caribbean region, Mexico, South America, western Europe, eastern Mediterranean, Japan, and Siberia; extreme cold events in North America and the southern part...

The weather in Germany in December 2020 - Deutscher Wetterdienst

12.1.2021|Vreme

Widespread dull and humid ?grotty weather? Offenbach, 30 October 2020 ? After plenty of sunshine in the previous month, December brought very cloudy and dull conditions. This typical ?grotty weather? was accompanied either by moderately cold or by unusually mild temperatures. A nationwide drop in temperature by a good 10 degrees ensured a white surprise on Christmas day in the low mountain ranges. On 27th December, low ?Hermine? brought storms to the west and more snow to the mountains. All in all, the year 2020 bid farewell with a December which was too warm, dry and severely lacking in...

The weather in Germany in 2020 - Deutscher Wetterdienst

12.1.2021|Vreme

2020 being the second-warmest year confirms ongoing climate change
Offenbach, 30 December 2020 ? With an annual average temperature of 10.4 degrees Celsius (?C), 2020 is the second-warmest year since the beginning of nationwide weather recordings in 1881. Only 2018 was slightly warmer with 10.5 ?C. The next years to closely follow are 2019 and 2014 with 10.3 ?C each. This has been announced by the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) after an initial analysis of the observations from its approximately 2,000 measuring stations. Tobias Fuchs, head of Climate at the DWD: ?The very warm year of 2020...

WMO hosts webinar on COVID-19, air quality and meteorological factors

11.1.2021|Vreme

WMO is hosting a webinar as part of a technical review process of the draft statement on meteorological and air quality factors affecting the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar takes place on 12 January and the statement is open to scientific review until January 22nd.
The statement was drafted as part of the work of the WMO COVID-19 Research Task Team, established in June 2020 to respond to the real-time challenge of providing COVID-19 decision relevant knowledge about weather, solar radiation and air pollution.
The 16 member Task Team comprised of infectious disease and meteorological...

Sustainability: What are the alternatives to economic growth?

11.1.2021|Okolje

How can societies and people prosper and grow without harming the environment and climate? Is it possible to implement the European Green Deal through social innovations that have little or no environmental impact? To broaden the sustainability debate, a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today, explores alternative ways of thinking about growth and progress.

Workshop of Global Multi-Hazard Alert System in Asia was held online - China Meteorological Administration

7.1.2021|Vreme

On December 15, Workshop of 2020 Global Multi-Hazard Alert System in Asia (GMAS-A) was held online.The theme of this event is the challenges and opportunities confronted by elevating the early warning capacity in Asia. During the conference, experts from many countries have reached the consensus that emerging risks are not confined to a certain country. Cross-nation and cross-sector cooperation should be reinforced in terms of management mechanism and technological innovation, data sharing and coordination, to promote disaster preparedness, response to climate change, and joint endeavor to...

Record-breaking 2020 ozone hole closes

6.1.2021|Vreme

The record-breaking 2020 Antarctic ozone hole finally closed at the end of December after an exceptional season due to naturally occurring meteorological conditions and the continued presence of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere.
The 2020 Antarctic ozone hole grew rapidly from mid-August and peaked at around 24.8 million square kilometres on 20 September 2020, spreading over most of the Antarctic continent.
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The Observatory Successfully Patented the Design of Automatic Weather Station - Hong Kong Observatory

5.1.2021|Vreme

The Hong Kong Observatory successfully registered a patent in Hong Kong for its in-house developed bollard design for automatic weather station (AWS) in December 2020. With the new design, various meteorological sensors can be housed together in a compact enclosure, solving the problem of installing an ordinary automatic weather station in urban areas where space is limited. This facilitates the future development of microscale weather monitoring.?Having a combination of sensors for meteorological measurements, such as air temperature, relative humidity, air pressure, and ultraviolet...

CMA and WMO consult on further promoting “Belt and Road” cooperation - China Meteorological Administration

4.1.2021|Vreme

On December 22, China Meteorological Administration (CMA) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) held the fourth consultative meeting on implementation of the Letter of Intent between WMO and CMA to Promote Regional Meteorological Cooperation and Co-build the Belt and Road (thereafter referred to as the Letter) online. Mr. Yu Yong, Deputy Administrator of CMA, Dr. Zhang Wenjian, Assistant Secretary-General of WMO, and Ms. Mary Power, the Director of Department of Member Services and Development of WMO attended the online meeting.
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62nd issue of the TCC News - Japan Meteorological Agency

4.1.2021|Vreme

The Tokyo Climate Center (TCC) of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has released the 62nd issue of the TCC News on the TCC website.?This issue covers:?- El Nino Outlook (December 2020 - June 2021)?- JMA's Seasonal Numerical Ensemble Prediction for Boreal Winter 2020/2021?- Summary of the 2020 Asian Summer Monsoon?- Status of the Antarctic Ozone Hole in 2020?- Arctic sea ice extent in summer 2020?- The Eighth Session of the East Asia Winter Climate Outlook Forum (EASCOF-8)?- JMA HQ relocation and reorganization.?
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