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WikiProject Meteorology
Lightning NOAA.jpg
Category WikiProject Meteorology
Portal Cumulus clouds in fair weather.jpeg Weather portal
Wikimedia Commons Commons:Category:Meteorology Meteorology
Project banner template {{WikiProject Meteorology}}
Userbox {{User Meteorology}}
Assessment Wikipedia:WikiProject Meteorology/Assessment

Some Wikipedians have formed a project to better organize information in articles related to Meteorology. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

This table includes data from all sub-projects (Tropical cyclones, Non-tropical storms, and Severe weather) under the "Other" importance column.


WikiProject on Meteorology and Weather Events


The purpose of the Meteorology and Weather Events project is a large-scale initiative that simplifies and standardizes pages for all weather events, improves the information available for past events and works to provide better information for all future events. In addition, the project also improves and simplifies pages for general meteorology.

Weather events include tropical cyclones (covered in a separate project), tornadoes (also covered in a separate project), floods, wind storms, winter storms, droughts, extreme heat/cold and lightning events. Historical events involving or caused by these phenomena may also be included.

Meteorology includes atmospheric and oceanic phenomena, weather observation stations and networks, weather instrumentation and equipment, biographical articles on notable meteorologists, weather research projects, weather prediction and modeling, and phenomena related to every-day weather.

Related topics in climatology, geology and space science may also fall under the scope of this vast project.


  1. Standardize all pages for weather events, somewhat modeled after the tropical cyclone pages.
  2. Improve the pages for weather features and make more real-world examples.
  3. Learn more for historical weather events, and provide more information for current weather systems.

Each individual event type also forms a subproject. Ultimately this could be a parent of each different project.

Related WikiProjects[edit]




The project is divided into several subproject sections:

  1. Forecasting and warnings
  2. Hurricanes/tropical cyclones (This currently operates as a separate project)
  3. Non-tropical/winter storms (This is now a descendant project)
  4. Severe weather (This is now a descendant project)
  5. Floods
  6. Droughts and fire events
  7. Extremes in temperature
  8. Weather data and instrumentation
  9. General meteorology (essentially anything which does not fall into above categories)

Currently, all but the tropical cyclone, severe weather, and non-tropical storms projects fall into the scope of the general meteorology project. Our aim for the future is to have some or all of these become descendant, separate Wikiprojects, just as the tropical cyclone and severe weather projects currently are.

Related Wikiportals[edit]


Active members[edit]

To show you are a member, add the {{User Meteorology}} userbox to your userpage:

Lightning NOAA.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Meteorology and Weather Events.


In 2013, WxBot was created to assist the project and its descendant projects. As the bot runs through AutoWikiBrowser, only tasks that can be performed in AWB can be performed by the bot. Click here to make a request for the bot to perform a task.

Inactive participants[edit]

Former members[edit]

Format for articles[edit]

  • Lead section (with infobox if applicable)
  • Main body
    • For a weather event, this should include a summary of events leading up to, during, and after the event. It should also emphasize its impact and significance in the time that it occurred.
    • For a type of weather, phenomenon, or theory, this should include a history of its observation, a description of the phenomenon, and its significance.
    • For weather instrumentation or equipment, this should include a brief history of its invention, along with its applications and uses.
    • For a biographical article, this should include a brief overview of the person's life, with an in-depth look at their contributions to meteorology.
  • See also
    • This should include links (within wikipedia) to related phenomena, events, people, or other articles pertinent to the subject.
  • References
  • External Links

Note on units: All quantities should be expressed in both imperial units and metric units, regardless of the affected area. The primary measurements used in this project are imperial units, although primary-metric can be used in events that only affect regions that use only the metric system (i.e. Canada, Mexico, most of Europe). For example, to show winds of 50 mph, it should be listed as "50 mph (80 km/h)" in most circumstances. Rounding should be done to reasonable levels.

Note on galleries: It is not desirable to have an image gallery in a main article. However, linking to a gallery on Wikimedia commons using {{commons}} is very helpful. To upload a file to the Commons, click here (you must create/have a commons account to do this). For instructions on creating a commons gallery, see here.

Tornado outbreak format


See also Category:Meteorology templates


Stub templates[edit]

This template should be added to the end of stub articles which fall under the category of general meteorology or climatology.
This template should be added to the end of stub articles which are biographies of a meteorologist or a climatologist.
This template should be added only to the end of stub articles which describe a specific historical weather event.

Data templates[edit]

  • {{Tornado Chart}} for tornado events to show the number of tornadoes produced and their intensity
  • {{Weather box}} provides a standard template for monthly and yearly temperature (°F & °C) and precipitation (in & cm/mm) averages for a specified location such as a city. Has a provision for referencing the source data and the date acquired. As well as automatic unit conversion, so an editor only needs to enter one set of values (if desired) and the other measurement system's units will be convert to and displayed.

Talk page templates[edit]

Core articles[edit]

Article Need Rationale Links Quality Comments
Meteorology Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Needs help
Climatology High WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Needs help
Atmospheric sciences Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? Start Needs a bit more work
Weather Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? GA Good article
Climate Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? GA Good article
Climate change Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? B Starting to get there
Cloud Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Need help (particularly inline references)
Earth's atmosphere Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Need help (particularly inline references)
Precipitation (meteorology) Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? GA Good article
Global warming Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? Featured article FA Done
Weather forecasting High WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? GA Good article
Atmospheric physics High WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Needs help
Surface weather analysis Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? Featured article FA Done
Flood Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Needs assessment after justaxn edits of July 2015
Drought Top WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? Start Needs help
Heat wave High WP:CORE. Our top-level article ??? C Needs help

Classification links[edit]

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Meteorology}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Meteorology|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Quality scale for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class meteorology articles) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class meteorology articles) A-Class article A 
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class meteorology articles)  GA 
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class meteorology articles) B-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class meteorology articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class meteorology articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class meteorology articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class meteorology articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class meteorology articles)  List 
Current (for articles about current events; adds articles to Category:Current-Class meteorology articles) Current-Class article Current 
Future (for articles about future events; adds articles to Category:Future-Class meteorology articles) Future-Class article Future 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class meteorology articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class meteorology articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class meteorology articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class meteorology articles)  Draft 
FM (for files; adds pages to Category:FM-Class meteorology articles) Featured media FM 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class meteorology articles)  File 
Needed (for articles that do not yet exist, but have been identified as subjects that should be covered; adds pages to Category:Needed-Class meteorology articles)  Needed 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class meteorology articles) Redirect page Redirect 
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class meteorology articles)  Portal 
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class meteorology articles)  Project 
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class meteorology articles)  Template 
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class meteorology articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed meteorology articles)  ??? 

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Meteorology}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Meteorology|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project:

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance meteorology articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance meteorology articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance meteorology articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance meteorology articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance meteorology articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance meteorology articles  ??? 

The importance parameter should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Existing links[edit]


Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:
Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:



General topics[edit]

  1. C-Class article Meteorology
  2. Climate
  3. Weather forecasting
  4. Stub-Class article Extreme weather
  5. Start-Class article Storm
  6. B-Class article Atmospheric pressure
  7. Low pressure area
  8. High pressure area
  9. C-Class article Anticyclone
  10. Stub-Class article Ridge (meteorology)
  11. Stub-Class article Trough (meteorology)
  12. Start-Class article Block (meteorology)

Hurricanes/tropical cyclones[edit]

  • See related WikiProject above

Non-tropical cyclones[edit]

  1. Featured article Extratropical cyclone
  2. Start-Class article European windstorm

Tornadoes and related events[edit]

  1. Featured article Tornado


  1. C-Class article Flood
  2. Start-Class article Flash flood


  1. Start-Class article Drought
  2. Wildfire

Extreme heat/cold[edit]

  1. C-Class article Heat wave
  2. Start-Class article Cold wave

Winter storms[edit]

  1. Start-Class article Blizzard
  2. Start-Class article Winter storm
  3. C-Class article Nor'easter

Other weather events[edit]

  1. Hailstorm

New articles related to meteorology[edit]

Pages needing attention[edit]

Meteorology and Weather[edit]