World Meteorological Day Date in the current year: March 23, 2016

World Meteorological Day World Meteorological Day is an annual observance held by the World Meteorological Organization. It has been observed on March 23 since 1961.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was established in 1950. It is the specialized agency of the UN for meteorology, operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. Its headquarters are situated in Geneva, Switzerland. WMO's fundamental mission is to support countries in providing meteorological and hydrological services.

World Meteorological Day was established in 1961 to commemorate the coming into effect of the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization. The Convention was signed in 1947 and came into force on March 23, 1950.

Rapid climate change is one of the most serious problems faced by humanity. It manifests itself in altering weather patterns, increasing temperatures, and raising sea levels. Climate change may result in destructive disasters such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, and severe storms. On the other hand, it also has positive sides, such as prolonged growing seasons.

World Meteorological Day is focused on raising awareness about the possible consequences of climate change. Participants are encouraged to spread the knowledge about the ways to mitigate the negative consequences of climate change and benefit from its positive manifestations.

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