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March 23: World Meteorological Day

March 23: World Meteorological Day

UBIMET: Founding date of the World Meteorological Organization, WMO

Vienna, 03/22/2016 – March 23 is a special day for meteorologists: World Meteorological Day commemorates the founding of the World Meteorological Organization on this date in 1950. Each year a theme is announced for the day and for the year that will follow. According to weather service provider UBIMET, this year’s theme is “Hotter, drier, wetter – Face the Future”. 

On Wednesday, March 23, meteorologists around the world will observe World Meteorological Day. This special day has its origins in the year 1950 when the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was established. “At the time of its founding there were 31 countries involved in the WMO, but the organization has grown ever since and now counts 191 member states and territories”, says UBIMET meteorologist Josef Lukas. “Austria – home of UBIMET’s global headquarters – has been a member of the WMO since 1955.” The goals of the organization are to ensure a smooth and efficient exchange of weather data and information as well as to promote meteorological research on a global scale. The WMO also organizes the annual World Climate Conference.

“Hotter, drier, wetter – Face the Future”

World Meteorological Day always has a particular theme that is chosen to highlight to a topical point of interest on the day and through the following year. The themes are often focused on the future, and this year is no different. However, this year it is somewhat more explicit than previous years. The theme for 2016 is “Hotter, drier, wetter – Face the future”. “This is to draw attention to the global increase in extreme weather events such as flooding or heat waves due to ongoing global climate change”, says Lukas.