“Sandy” retired as hurricane name, earlier warnings to be used

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sandy, the 2012 hurricane was the last to have the name: the World Meteorological Office said Friday 12 April that the name will be retired, in line with a policy not to re-use names of storm that were so deadly or caused so much damage that their re-use would be “inappropriate”. Tropical […]

Major tsunami warning out for Indonesia, Indian Ocean coastlines

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An 8.6 earthquake registered off the coast of Indonesia is raising fears throughout Indian Ocean nations of a major tsunami like the one in 2004 that killed tens of thousands of people. The Hindu in India reports that “the tremors were felt far and wide in southern and eastern parts of India, […]

Brrrrr, why it’s 5C in the Arctic when it’s -7C in Milan

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you’ve been talking to friends about our Arctic weather, you should revise your description, for in recent days it’s been warmer in Svalbard, far north in the Arctic,  than in Milan, Italy or Istanbul, Turkey, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. Svalbard has seen 5C in recent days while […]

Rate of increase of nitrous oxide in atmosphere speeding up

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Seventh annual Greenhouse Gas Report 3 main gases continuing to rise GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Planet Earth’s three main greenhouse gases continue to rise significantly, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. It released the seventh annual World Greenhouse Bulletin Monday 21 November, showing that N2O, nitrous oxide, is now the third most important greenhouse […]

WMO, Hong Kong launch “my weather” world traveller app

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Hong Kong Observatory launched a new mobile app, “my weather”, Monday 10 October, designed to help travellers quickly find the official weather report for their area, anywhere in the world. The new app features the World Weather Information Service (WWIS) and is the world’s first-ever […]

Irene-watch continues as storm moves from Bahamas to N Carolina

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With luck, Irene is a name that will be used again GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This is the moment to hope that Irene doesn’t join retirees Katrina, Mitch and Tracy, storms that were so violent their names were taken off the Atlantic hurricanes list, according to Geneva-based WMO (World Meteorological Organization). Irene is currently battering the […]

Europe holds its breath to see which way ash winds blow (update)

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Update 00:02  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Airports in Bremen and Hamburg, Germany, will be closed early Wednesday, the government announced, as Icelandic ash arrives in northern European air space. Scotland, which was most affected by the ash clouds Tuesday, expects its airports to be back to normal operations Wednesday. The latest update on Icelandic ash heading […]

WMO keeps climate boss Jarraud in hot seat for 4 more years

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Meteorological Organization, meeting in Geneva, Tuesday 24 May named Michel Jarraud to a third term as secretary-general, until December 2015. Jarraud won in the first round of secret balloting, out of a field of three candidates, winning over Mehmet Caglar, director general of the Turkish State Meteorological Service and Geoff […]

Geneva’s international buzz louder than usual

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Geneva prides itself on its international role, but if you sense that the city’s native sons and daughters are outnumbered by foreign guests at the moment, you’re right. Runners, weather and climate specialists, world health workers have all converged on the city for three weeks of events. Geneva Marathon has massive […]

Largest La Niña episode in past century linked to Aussie rains

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Current La Niña episode started in June 2010, expected to die down over next four months Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva has published data confirming that recent heavy rains that led to flooding in Australia are linked to a La Niña “episode” that began in June 2010. Areas including […]