WORLD Meteorological Day is just around the corner and it has been recognised globally since 1950, but what is it?
We explain why the day is celebrated and when the day is. Here’s what we know.
PA:Press Association World Meteorological Day is on March 23
Why do we celebrate World Meteorological Day?
World Meteorological Day commemorates the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization, which is a specialised agency of the United Nations.
The organisation publishes information on the status of the world’s climate and monitors changes.
It provides details of global, regional and national temperatures and extreme weather events.
It also provides information on long-term climate change indicators including atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases, sea level rise, and sea ice extent.
Each year has a theme and this year’s theme is “The Sun, the Earth and the Weather”.
The theme highlights the role of the Sun bringing energy to life on Earth, which drives the weather, ocean currents and hydrological cycle.
The World Meteorological Organization headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland
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When is World Meteorological Day?
World Meteorological Day is March 23 – TOMORROW- because it celebrates when the World Meteorological Organization was created on March 23, 1950.
The organisation has a membership of 191 countries and territories as of February 14.
The headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
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