Happy World Meteorological Day

Time to put my weather hat on for a mo…

With a theme this year of “Polar Meteorology: Understanding Global Impacts”, today is World Meteorological Day – marking the day in 1950 of the formation of the World Meteorological Organisation.

Kicking off this month is International Polar Year (which actually runs for two years… go figure!) – the concept of which is “an intensive burst of internationally coordinated, interdisciplinary scientific research and observations focused on the Earth’s polar regions and their far-reaching global effects”.

Given the rapid changes we’ve already seen at the poles (eg the shrinking Arctic ice cap, the breakup of the Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica and icebergs off NZ!) it will be interesting to see what comes out of the IPY research.

If you’re interested in following news on this topic, head directly to the International Polar Year website at www.ipy.org then visit realclimate.org where you’ll find an Arctic and Antarctic section – with “climate science from climate scientists”.

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About Chris
A self confessed geek, meteorologist (aka weather forecaster), father & proud kiwi mainlander living, working & playing in Wellington, New Zealand.

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