World Meteorological Day 2018

Event date: 
2018-03-23 (All day)

       
Background
 
Theme 
 
South Africa's celebration
 
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Background

 

World Meteorological Day takes place every year on 23 March and commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world.  The themes chosen for World Meteorological Day reflect topical weather, climate or water-related issues.

The ever-growing global population faces a wide range of hazards such as tropical cyclone storm surges, heavy rains, heatwaves, droughts and many more. Long-term climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather and climate events and causing sea level rise and ocean acidification. Urbanization and the spread of megacities means that more of us are exposed and vulnerable. Now more than ever, we need to be weather-ready, climate-smart and water-wise.

This is why one of the top priorities of WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) is to protect lives, livelihoods and property from the risks related to weather, climate and water events. Thereby, WMO and its Members support the global agenda on sustainable development, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

WMO and National Meteorological Services design operational services ranging from daily weather forecasts to long-term climate predictions that help society to be weather-ready and climate-smart. Further National Hydrological Services are essential for the sound management of fresh water resources for agriculture, industry, energy and human consumption, so that we can be water-wise. These services empower us to manage the risks and seize opportunities related to weather, climate and water.

Early warning systems and other disaster risk reduction measures are vital for boosting the resilience of our communities. Climate services can inform decisions on both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Hydrological monitoring increases our understanding of the water cycle and so supports water management.

Theme
 

The theme for this year's World Meteorological Day is "Weather-ready, climate-smart". A new theme is always allocated to each and every different year for the World Meteorological Day.

Media related products

 

 
Minister Edna Molewa welcomes the launch of the inaugural Annual Weather Smart Science Symposium
 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa has welcomed the launch of the inaugural Annual Weather Smart Science Symposium which aims to share the latest South African Weather Service (SAWS) research findings on weather, climate and air quality in Pretoria today, Thursday 15 March 2018.

The two day symposium forms part of the build-up celebrations to mark World Meteorological Day, themed: “Weather-ready, Climate-smart”, which is internationally observed on the 23rd of March.

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SA Weather ServicePoster
 

On the 9th October 2017, a line of thunderstorms developed east of a cut-off low pressure system which was situated over the western parts of the country. These storms developed through the central parts of the central parts of the North West and northern Free State, and then started moving eastwards. Due to prevailing favourable conditions (including abundant low-level moisture and strongly sheared airflow in the lower portion of the storms), some of these storms developed into supercell thunderstorms.

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» World Meteorological Day celebrates importance of clouds for weather, climate and water

» Weather-ready, climate-smart is the theme of World Meteorological Day, 23 March 2018.

 

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