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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 03/26/2010

World Meteorological Day 60th Anniversary

By Ann Posegate

* Skies to clear later: Full Forecast | World's Longest Toilet Queue *

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Have you thanked your local meteorologist this week?

Each year on March 23, World Meteorological Day is observed by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO). This week, WMO observed its 60th anniversary with the theme 60 years of service for your safety and well-being.

Michael Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General, opened the celebration: " ... I would like to pay tribute to the meteorological community worldwide working together continuously beyond all borders to save and protect people, their homes and their livelihoods."

When you stop and think about it, the cooperative nature of the weather and climate community and its ability to compute and communicate essential information is pretty amazing (and I'm not just tooting our own horn here).

The United States is just one of 189 Member States and Territories of the WMO. At any given time, the U.S. National Weather Service and other members are working throughout the world with incredible technology to collectively form a global picture of the atmosphere and predict what will happen next. They forecast day-to-day weather, severe weather, climatic trends, environmental hazards and natural disasters. They work with local governments and emergency managers to keep communities safe. They inspire a sense of awe and reverence for the atmosphere.

Locally, the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office in Sterling, Virginia, as well as meteorologists and communicators at other government offices, non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, airports, Web sites, blogs, television stations and radio stations, work 24/7/365 (and seemingly more often behind-the-scenes) to keep us aware of what's going on in the sky and how to prepare for it (can you imagine Snowpocalypse and Snomageddon without them?). The weather never sleeps, and sometimes they don't either.

In honor of World Meteorological Day and the end of the fantastic and drastic winter of 2009-2010, here's a hat tip to all who are working in the weather and climate community in the D.C. area. Thanks for all that you do.

By Ann Posegate  | March 26, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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"Have you thanked your local meteorologist this week?"

Thank you CWG!

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 26, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder...the WMO's website is great for getting links to the national meteorological websites.

This is particularly useful during the hurricane season. As many of you may be aware, the NHC's hurricane hunter aircraft are not allowed to fly over Cuba due to airspace restrictions. However the Instituto Meteorologico de Cuba has good area radar coverage which may be accessed embargo-free via the link from the WMO website. It's a good bet that if some of the Cuban radars are not operational, they are being affected by the tropical system. It's also possible to get weather data for Cuban sites other than Havana [or Guantanamo] via the Cuban website.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 26, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse


Wrong: Hurricane Hunter aircraft are allowed to fly over Cuba; and, they are not NHC's aircraft. They are equipped by NOAA, but they belong to and are flown by AF reserve units. NOAA does own and operate a Gulfstream jet which can fly much higher than the Hurricane Hunters for both research and operations

Ann, nice post and great to have you acknowledge this meteorological "Holiday".

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | March 26, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, CWG meteorologists for all that you do.

Here's my afternoon update:

After morning lows down to 34.9F, temps in NoVa's Blue Ridge Mtns rose to a hi of 49.8F. They are falling again, down to 43.5 at present. I noticed some snow out there on radar off to the west, but it may miss my location to the south...

Posted by: spgass1 | March 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Correction: That 49.8F was probably from midnight... I don't think it got that warm this afternoon...

Posted by: spgass1 | March 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

If the Hurricane Hunters can fly over Cuban airspace it's news to me.

I can remeber some local meteorologist a few years back saying they couldn't. I believe it was during either the busy 2004 or 2005 hurricane season. It's possible the Cuban government is allowing NOAA overflights nowadays. I believe they have had a couple of damaging hurricane landfalls in Cuba the past few years, which may be pointing out the value of aerial hurricane reconaissance.

At any rate the Cuban weather data is available by link from WMO.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 27, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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