World Meteorological Day – 23 March

“The Sun, the Earth and the Weather” is the theme of World Meteorological Day on 23 March 2019.

Meteorology is the study of the processes in the Earth's atmosphere that cause weather conditions, and especially in order to predict the weather.

Meteorology is important because air conditions have an impact on all living things.

  • First of all, weather forecasting has a vital role in urban administration. Cities need to prepare for extreme weather conditions such as heatwaves, droughts, floods, and extreme rainfall in order to prevent disasters.
  • Second, long-term weather forecasting is important for agriculture. Drought can cause starvation and crops need water to grow.
  • Meteorology is also important for air and marine transportation. Airports stop operations and ships stay in harbours in extreme weather conditions.

We can see from the above that meteorology plays a crucial role in contributing to people's safety and welfare. Its work is important in providing food security, water resources and transport.

The ever-growing global population faces a wide range of extreme weather hazards. Long-term climate change is increasing the intensity and frequency of extreme weather and climate events and is causing sea levels to rise and the ocean to become more acid.

Now more than ever, we need to be weather-ready, climate-smart and water-wise.

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