A World Meteorological Organization committee of experts has established two new world records for the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Oklahoma (United States of America) and southern France.
The lightning flash over Oklahoma in 2007 covered a horizontal distance of 321 kilometers (199.5 miles). The lightning event over southern France in 2012 lasted continuously for 7.74 seconds, the WMO evaluation committee found.
Carbon Dioxide Increase in Atmosphere Sets New Record
The annual growth rate of atmospheric carbon dioxide measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii jumped by 3.05 parts per million during 2015, the largest year-to-year increase in 56 years of research, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The development is significant because Mauna Loa Observatory is the oldest continuous atmospheric measurement station in the world and is widely regarded as a benchmark site in the World Meteorological Organization’s Global Atmosphere Watch network.
Geneva WMO 23 April 2015: During a Workshop on Improving Climate Services for Farmers in Africa and South Asia, farmers and experts adopted the Kampala Declaration on promoting cross-regional cooperation on sharing and using knowledge on climate products and services. The Declaration came about because of the increased recognition that significant progress has been made in weather and climate forecasting through improved data availability and advances in numerical modeling.
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Current Situation and Outlook
Geneva June 26,2013: The World Meteorological Organization(WMO) Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services holds its first session 2 to 5 July 2013 in Geneva to discuss implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). This is a country-driven initiative to provide accurate and accessible climate services to users such as disaster management authorities, water and energy utilities, public health agencies, the transport sector and farmers.
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The United States of America will host the next Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) in Denver, Colorado, 24-28 October 2011. The Conference with the theme Climate Research in Service to Society will be at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Colorado USA.
The goals and the vision for the meeting include:
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GENEVA/EDMONTON, 14 JULY 2008 (WMO) – An international workshop is being held from 14 to 16 July 2008 in Edmonton (Canada) with the aim of improving operational weather systems for fire danger rating that should help tackle the growing threat of forest fires worldwide.