World Meteorological Day

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The theme for World Meteorological Day 2017, to be commemorated on March 23, is Understanding Clouds. The observance this year, will mark the launch of a new edition of the International Cloud Atlas which will include newly classified cloud types and other meteorological phenomena.

The observance:

  • Showcases the importance of national meteorological and hydrological services worldwide to society, and
  • Commemorates the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization on March 23, 1950, which is the leader in global meteorology.

For World Meteorology Day, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica will be staging a poetry and photography competition and award ceremony at the DeCarteret College in Manchester.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica will be one of the institutions steering activities to observe World Meteorological DayThe local Meteorological Service has three main branches, two of which are:

  • The Climate Branch
    • This branch maintains a database of Jamaica’s climate and provides vital climate information to the productive sectors of the country.
  • The Weather Branch
    • Two sections of the Weather Branch operate at the Sangster International and Norman Manley International Airports providing meteorological reports and weather forecasting for international air navigation and general dissemination, respectively.

For more information on the Meteorological Service of Jamaica and local activities for World Meteorological Day, please contact the:

Meteorological Service of Jamaica

65 ¾ Half Way Tree Road

Kingston 10

929-3694

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