World Meteorological Day 60th Anniversary
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.
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