World Meteorological Organization (WMO) News

Greenhouse Gases Reach Level Last Seen 3-5 Million Years Ago: WMO Report

Greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere reached a record not seen since sea levels were 10 meters to 20 meters (33 feet to 66 feet) higher than they are now, the World Meteorological Organization said in a report. Concentrations of …

Scientists Blame Extreme Weather, Heat on Man-Made Climate Change

Some of last year’s crazy weather — including extreme heat around the world to unusually warm waters in the Bering Sea — can be blamed on man-made climate change, according to a report from a group of weather researchers. Scientists …

Global Temperatures in 2017 Slightly Below Record-Breaking 2016: UN

This year will be among the three hottest on record, the United Nations said on Monday [Nov. 6], as almost 200 countries started talks in Germany to bolster a global climate accord that the United States plans to quit. Temperatures …

Higher Arctic Temperatures Likely to Shift Global Weather in 2017: WMO

Unusually warm weather in the Arctic is helping shift weather patterns this year from North America to the Middle East, after global warming shattered records in 2016, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Rising ocean temperatures that are melting polar …

Global Temperatures Hit Record High for 3rd Year in Row in 2016

World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set by the Paris climate change deal, with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, …

Earth’s Temperatures Hit Record Highs Between 2011 and 2015

Earth experienced its hottest half-decade on record between 2011 and 2015 and the floods, droughts and storms unleashed by rising temperatures are likely only a prelude to new weather extremes, the World Meteorological Organization said. As delegates from almost 200 …

Meteorologists Retire Names of Deadly Erika, Joaquin, Patricia

The organization that names tropical storms and hurricanes says it will retire the names Erika, Joaquin and Patricia following the 2015 season. The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that Elsa and Julian will be used for future storms in …

El Niño Expected to Become One of Strongest on Record: UN’s Weather Agency

The El Niño weather pattern, a phenomenon associated with extreme droughts, storms and floods, is expected to strengthen before the end of the year and become one of the strongest on record, the U.N. weather agency said on Monday. The …

2013 Ranked Seventh Hottest Year with More Warming Expected: WMO

This year is the seventh warmest since records began in 1850 with a trend to weather extremes and the impact of storms such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines aggravated by rising sea levels, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said …

UNEP Report: Global Action Needed to Close 8-12 Billion Ton Emissions Gap

Greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 will be 8 billion to 12 billion tons more than the level needed to keep global warming to only 2 degrees Celsius [3.6°F] and avoid severe climate change, a United Nations report estimated on Tuesday. …