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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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ECMWF Workshop on improving the socio-economic impact of NWP data

Accessibility, ease of use and data policy impact upon the realised value of NWP forecast data, as shown in recent socio-economic impact studies. The workshop provided a forum to discuss the challenges of disseminating meteorological data into the future and how ECMWF and NMSs can ensure that the economic value of weather information can continue 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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WMO Bulletin Article on Public-Private Partnership

A recent article in the WMO Bulletin explains the importance of co-operation between the public and private sectors for the success of the ‘Weather Enterprise’. It was written by Alan Thorpe (a past Director of ECMWF) and is in perfect harmony with PRIMET’s mission. The WMO’s explicit recognition of the vital role of the private 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

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Advanced Weather solutions from IBM

The Weather Company is holding a conference in Las Vegas in October 24-27, 2016. To showcase some of its advanced weather solutions. More info here.      

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ECMWF Summer 2016 Newsletter published

The Summer 2016 issue of the ECMWF Newsletter is now available. As well as news about ECMWF staff and events, it features articles about new developments and the use that can be made of ECMWF products. ECMWF Summer Newsletter.

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