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Earth Day: 22 April – Collective Global Climate Statement

An international coalition of 33 meteorological and climate societies and institutions have released a Collective Global Climate Statement to coincide with Earth Day on 22nd April, which this year is focused on environmental and climate literacy. The Statement was initiated and coordinated by the Royal Meteorological Society. The full Statement can be found here >> The Statement acknowledges Read More

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Highlights from ECMWF Workshop

ECMWF has posted the highlights of the recent Workshop on improving the socio-economic impact of NWP data. The first paragraph is particularly interesting: “A forecast has no value until it is understood and changes behaviour. The socio-economic value of open data has been measured in studies by the European Commission, but is generally lacking for NWP. Read More

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WMO confirms 2016 as hottest year on record

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 long term average (14°C) Read More

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Successful free data access by Israeli National Meteorological Service

In 2012, the Israel Meteorological Service (IMS) started providing free access to most of its real-time data and historical observations. This marked a dramatic change in policy for the organization. Until then, most of its operational budget, excluding salaries, depended on the generation of income by billing for data and services. The IMS experience – Read More

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WMO publishes new Global Climate report

The World Meteorological Organization has published a detailed analysis of the global climate 2011-2015 – the hottest five-year period on record  – and the increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous and costly impacts. The record temperatures were accompanied by rising sea levels and declines in Arctic sea-ice extent, continental Read More

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PRIMET-ECOMET Meeting October 2016

The annual PRIMET-ECOMET Meeting took place on 12-Oct-16 in Brussels. The meeting was attended by the PRIMET Board, General Secretary and PRIMET members, together with the President and Chief Executive of ECOMET as well as Directors and representatives from 13 NMHSs across Europe and ECMWF. The topics covered included OPERA, E-AMDAR and various data quality issues. Read More