The World Meteorological Day is celebrated every year on March 23. To mark the occasion, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announces a slogan annually. This year, "Weather-ready, climate-smart" is the theme of the daylong observance.
Meanwhile, last year, the topic of "Enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water" was highlighted on this day.
Constituted by the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), WMO is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 191 states and territories. WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations for Meteorology (weather and climate), Operational Hydrology and related Geophysical Sciences. One of the top priorities of WMO and National Meteorological and Hydrological Services is to protect lives, livelihoods and property from the risks related to weather, climate and water events.
According to this year’s theme, we need to be ready for all kind of weather, climate-smart and water-wise looking at the growing water scarcity. The ever growing global population faces a wide range of hazards such as tropical cyclone storm surges, heavy rains, heatwaves, droughts and many more. The intensity and frequency of extreme weather and climate events are causing sea level rise and ocean acidification is increasing due to climate change.
Early warning systems and other disaster risk reduction measures are vital for boosting the resilience of our communities. Being weather-ready requires involving people and the communities at risk and the provision of impact-based early warning. It is preparing those at risk as well as those who may be involved in providing assistance.
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