Report: Extreme weather conditions continue to batter the earth

World Meteorological Organization Secretary General, Petteri Taalas
World Meteorological Organization Secretary General, Petteri Taalas. Courtesy Photo.

The World Meteorological Organisation has released its annual State of Global Climate report chronicling impacts of global warming over the last year.

The report released ahead of World Meteorological Day today, March 23rd, says humidity has set the planet on a dangerous path.

The report says extreme weather and climate conditions have continued in 2017 even as the year 2016 made history, with a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, and unabated sea level rise and ocean heat.

The year 2016, according to the report, was 1.1 degrees Celsius above average temperatures in pre-industrial times. The increase indicates a 0.06°C above what was recorded in 2015.

The temperatures were above the 1961 to 1990 average over the vast majority of the world’s land areas.

World Meteorological Organization Secretary General, Petteri Taalas, in a statement said the increase in global temperature is consistent with other changes in the climate system.

The 2017 World Meteorological Day is being commemorated under the theme “Understanding the Clouds”. The theme according to Uganda National Meteorological Authority Executive Director, Festus Luboyera, highlights the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water.

Clouds according to Luboyera play a critical role in the water cycle and shape the global distribution of water.

Clouds also help regulate Earth’s energy balance and redistribute extra heat from the equator toward the poles.

Luboyera urges the public to have confidence in weather forecast released by the Authority so as to adequately plan for the seasons.

The World Meteorological Day commemoration event in Uganda is being held in Luwero district.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Rosa Malango, in a statement says the commemoration of World Meteorology Day provides an opportunity to appreciate how increased forecasting of weather helps communities and nations to manage risks linked to climate change.

She says retreating tree canopies, scotching heat waves, and increased incidences of diseases call for responsible management of planet’s natural resources for economic development.

– URN