Day observed this year under the theme ‘Together we face extreme weather’
Abu Dhabi, UAE: The National Center of Meteorology (NCM) is marking the Arab Meteorological Day, which is observed this year under the theme ‘Together we face extreme weather.’
Marking an important milestone in the joint Arab action in meteorology, on 15 September, 1970 the ministerial decision to establish the Permanent Arab Committee for Meteorology was issued by the Council of Arab League. Aimed at unifying efforts and goals in this vital scientific field, the committee brought together all meteorological facilities in the Arab world, most of which have been functioning for over a century.
This year’s theme comes due to the repercussions of extreme weather that affect the daily life of individuals and thus has an impact on the community. Among these repercussions are unusual and sudden weather phenomena, and extreme weather conditions that depend on the weather history that was recorded for a specified location and in any season of the year; for example, heavy rains that cause severe floods, tropical cyclones or infrequent precipitation that result in droughts, sand and dust storms, extreme heat and cold waves, and forest fires, studies also suggest that there is an increased threat from extreme weather in the future.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr Abdulla Al Mandous, Director General of NCM and President of the Regional Association II (Asia) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), stressed the importance of the tireless efforts made by the meteorological authorities in various Arab countries and their effective contribution to reducing the repercussions of extreme and unusual weather fluctuations and ensuring the safety of communities and properties.
He said: “The Arab Meteorological Day is an important opportunity to highlight the pivotal role played by the meteorological bodies and centers in the Arab world, and the importance of joint coordination among them. Through its Permanent Arab Meteorological Committee, the Arab League offers an ideal platform for its members to discuss various issues and proposals. Furthermore, it allows them to address any obstacles to the functioning of Arab meteorological facilities, especially in view of the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the world.”
“Thanks to the relentless efforts of the National Center of Meteorology, the UAE has become a key contributor to various regional and international organizations concerned with weather sciences. Today, the Center boasts extensive expertise and the latest technologies to support the scientific research covering monitoring, forecasts, analysis, warning, climate improvement and rain enhancement science. At NCM, we are keen to share our experience and knowledge with all meteorological facilities across the Arab world,” Al Mandous added.
NCM is a member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), its executive council, the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, the Tropical Cyclone Committee for Indian Ocean, the Executive Office of the Council of Arab Ministers for Meteorology and Climate Affairs, the Permanent Arab Meteorological Organisation, and the Regional Association II (RA II) ASIA of the WMO for 2 terms spanning from 2017 to 2025.