It's World Meteorological Day Today!

 

Every year, 23 March is celebrated as World Meteorological Day (WMD) by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the meteorological community worldwide. A new theme is observed for each different year on World Meteorological Day.

Celebrating 50 years of World Weather Watch (WWW) - a foundation programme of the WMO, this year's theme is - Watching the weather to protect life and property. The theme thus decided highlights the important role of meteorological services in bettering 'safety and resilience' to weather-related events.

The WMO vision: To provide world leadership in expertise and international co-operation in weather, climate, hydrology and water resources, and related environmental issues, and thereby to contribute to the safety and well being of people throughout the world and to the economic benefit of all nations. (- As mentioned in the WMD 2013 Brochure)

Building awareness among the public about the services extended by the National Meteorological Services and WMO, this day is celebrated with events held across countries that inform and educate people about them. A better understanding of the climate contributes to a better understanding of the weather and vice versa. This, in turn, contributes to our efforts to manage and sustain  with the natural environment in the backdrop of growing economies and populations together.

Meteorological services involve observation, collection, processing and dissemination of meteorological, hydrological and other related data and products. Empowering people to understand and utilise these services will only help improve their life. Improved forecasts will help individuals and societies make effective decisions in their day to day lives. Evaluating statistics related to weather and climatic conditions may not always be the answer, but they do help add a little more value.

World Meteorological Day 2013 is an event to commemorate the work that each and every nation's Meteorological Department accomplishes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, watching the weather and protecting life and property. Disaster risk reduction is an agenda on every nation's list; and understanding weather & climate addresses this challenge faced by the 21st century. World Meteorological Day 2013 only reminds us of and reinforces this message.

Did You Know?

World Meteorological Day marks the anniversary of the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on March 23, 1950

Some of the Recent themes of World Meteorological Day:

  • Powering our future with weather, climate and water (2012)
  • Climate for you (2011)
  • 60 years of service for your safety and well-being (2010)
  • Weather, climate and the air we breathe (2009)
  • Observing our planet for a better future (2008)
  • Polar meteorology: Understanding global impacts (2007)
  • Preventing and mitigating natural disasters (2006)
  • Weather, climate, water and sustainable development (2005)
  • Weather, climate, water in the information age (2004)
  • Our future climate (2003)

      

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