World Meteorological day

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World Meteorological day
World Meteorological day flag created by Isa Khan.
Significancesupport for environmental protection
DateMarch 23
Next time23 March 2019 (2019-03-23)

The date of the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization in 23 March 1950 has been named World Meteorological Day. This organization announces a slogan for World Meteorology Day every year, and this day is celebrated in all member countries.[1][2][3] World Meteorological Day is celebrated every year on 23 March to commemorate the entry into force in 1950 of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization. The day also highlights the contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society. [4] The United Nations' (UN) World Meteorological Day is annually held on or around March 23 to remember the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on that date in 1950. Many different activities and events are organized for this occasion.[5]


World Meteorological Day often features various events such as conferences, symposia and exhibitions for meteorological professionals, community leaders and the general public. Some events aim to attract media attention to raise meteorology's profile. Many prizes for meteorological research are presented or announced on or close to World Meteorological Day. These prizes include:

Many countries issue postage stamps or special postage stamp cancellation marks to celebrate World Meteorological Day. These stamps often reflect the event's theme or mark a country's meteorology achievements.[5][6]

Themes of World Meteorological Day[edit]

Recent themes of World Meteorological Day have been:

  • Weather-ready, climate-smart is the theme of World Meteorological Day, 23 March 2018
  • Weather, climate and the air we breathe (2009).
  • Observing our planet for a better future (2008).
  • Polar meteorology: Understanding global impacts (2007).
  • Preventing and mitigating natural disasters (2006).
  • Weather, climate, water and sustainable development (2005).
  • Weather, climate, water in the information age (2004).
  • Our future climate (2003).

A new theme is allocated to each different year for World Meteorological Day. [7]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Who we are". World Meteorological Organization. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  2. ^ "World Meteorological Day". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  3. ^ Hartston, William (2017-03-23). "Top 10 facts about meteorology". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  4. ^ "World Meteorological Organization (WMO)". World Meteorological Organization. 2016-12-02. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  5. ^ a b "World Meteorological Day". World Meteorological Day. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  6. ^ "wmo-2018-calendar-competition". World Meteorological Day. 2017-12-02. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  7. ^ "Weather-ready, climate-smart". World Meteorological Day. 2018-03-06. Retrieved 2018-03-06.