There’s no doubt that many of us are more than ecstatic to welcome Spring, after probably the worst, most severe Winter many regions experienced over the past three months. More than any other topic covered over the course of the last few weeks of winter, the headlines on the majority of news channels began with the weather!
Did you know that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was founded on March 23, 1950? That’s right. This intergovernmental organization with a membership of 191 Member States and Territories originated from the International Meteorological Organization, founded in 1873. WMO’s programs provide vital information to give advance warnings of weather forecasts that could help to save lives and reduce damage to property and the environment. Today is World Meteorological Day and the theme for this year is “Climate Knowledge for Climate Action.”
According to the World Meteorological Organization,
WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters.
So today, why not send a shout-out to your local weather meteorologists on Twitter or Facebook. Whether or not some of their forecasts are accurate, since the climate is so unpredictable, thank them for their commitment to warning us of impeding weather dangers that could lead to tragedy or natural disasters, as well as picture perfect temperatures. If you live in the United States, check out the National Weather Service at http://www.weather.gov/, for active alerts, forecast maps, radar, air quality and weather safety.