World Meteorological Day 2016 observed with the theme Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future

Mar 23, 2016 08:17 IST

23 March: World Meteorological Day

The World Meteorological Day (WMD) 2016 was observed across the world on 23 March 2016. The theme for the WMD 2016 was Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future.

The theme of WMD 2016 tries to bring focus on the climate change that is disrupting the natural pattern of the seasons. The climate change is also increasing the frequency and intensity of certain extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, droughts and heavy rainfall. These ongoing changes provide a foretaste of a hotter, drier, wetter future.

Every year on the occasion of WMD, awards for meteorological research are also given. These awards include The International Meteorological Organization Prize, Professor Dr. Vilho Vaisaila Award and The Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award.

23 March is celebrated as World Meteorological Day to commemorate the entry into force of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Convention in 1950 aimed at creating the organisation.

WMO became the UN's specialized agency for meteorology, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences in 1951. It originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873.  At present, WMO is represented by 189 member states and territories.

The theme for World Meteorological Day 2015 was Climate Knowledge for Climate Action.

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