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Virus heightens heat wave health risks, U.N. warns

May 26, 2020 - 11:56 PM

The World Meteorological Organization urges governments to make plans to keep people safe during heat waves without spreading the novel coronavirus

Pandemic taking toll on weather and climate watch – U.N.

May 07, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Surface-based weather observations have also declined, especially in Africa and parts of Central and South America where many stations are run manually

WMO. A view of the building of the World Meteorological Organization on August 8, 2019 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. warns of 'much extreme weather' ahead after hottest decade on record

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:33 AM

Scientists stress the urgent need to do more to counter the warming trend

HEAT WAVE. This file photo is a general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. Photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Japan braces for 'large, very strong' Typhoon Hagibis

Oct 12, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Hagibis is an unusually large storm and is expected to bring 'brutal winds and violent seas' to large swathes of the country

Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. (Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

2 dead as Japan orders 870,000 to flee heavy rains

Aug 28, 2019 - 10:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Nearly a million more people are advised to leave their homes after the country's weather agency raised the alert to its highest level for parts of northern Kyushu

HEAVY RAINS. Pedestrians walk in floodwaters after heavy rains outside Saga station in the southwestern city of Saga on August 28, 2019. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Super Typhoon Lekima barrels towards China

Aug 09, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Authorities have issued a yellow alert for torrential rain and flooding for provinces in Lekima's path

WARNING. A flag warning about rough seas is pictured next to a beach in Suao, Yilan county, as Lekima approaches off the shores of eastern Taiwan on August 8, 2019. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Cyclone heading for western India strengthens

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Vayu is classified as a very severe cyclonic storm and India officials are scrambling to evacuate close to 300,000 people living in coastal areas

PREPARING. Indian fishermen push a fishing boat out of the sea as a part of precautionary measures as Cyclone Vayu nears the Gujarat coastline at Veraval Port, on June 12, 2019. Sam Panthaky/AFP

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique threatened by new tropical storm

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:18 AM

The poor southern African country is still reeling from the impact of deadly Cyclone Idai which left about 1,000 dead in Mozambique and Zimbabwe

DISPLACED. A woman walks through a camp for displaced people in Nhamatanda district on April 15, 2019. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Strong typhoon hits flood-hit western Japan

Aug 23, 2018 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Typhoon Cimaron Cimaron is seen packing maximum gusts of 198 kilometer (123 miles) per hour as of the evening, bringing heavy winds and rain to the western region

Typhoon slams into Japan, approaches disaster-hit regions

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Typhoon Jongdari, packing winds of up to 180 kilometers an hour, makes landfall early Sunday morning. Areas recently devastated by floods and landslides are in the storm's cross-hairs.

BRACED. A woman protects herself from the rain with an umbrella in Tokyo on July 28, 2018, as the country braces for Typhoon Jongdari. Photo by Martin Bureau / AFP

Last 3 years hottest on record – UN

Jan 19, 2018 - 12:06 AM

(UPDATED) Consolidated data from 5 leading international weather agencies shows that '2015, 2016 and 2017 have been confirmed as the 3 warmest years on record,' the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says

Concentration of CO2 in atmosphere hits record high – UN

Oct 30, 2017 - 6:59 PM

The report also said that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago, when the sea level was up to 20 meters higher than now

EMISSIONS. The report also says that the last time Earth experienced similar CO2 concentration rates was 3 to 5 million years ago. Image from Shutterstock.

FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Here's what you need to know about tropical cyclones and other terms used in everyday weather forecasts

'Bigger and stronger' storms on the horizon – experts

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:36 PM

Here are some answers to questions about the link between climate change and tropical storms known variously around the world as cyclones hurricanes and typhoons

TEXAS FLOODING. The South Park Cemetery in Pearland, Texas, is flooded by rains from Hurricane Harvey on August 29, 2017. Photo by H. Ellessy /LamaLens / AFP

U.S. climate pact pullout could add 0.3 degrees of warming – UN

Jun 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The head of the World Meteorological Organization s atmospheric research and environment department underscores the likely impact of US President Donald Trump s widely condemned decision remains far from clear

TRUMP. Donald Trump gestures to the camera at the Rose Garden of the White House on June 2, 2017. Screen shot from YouTube video.

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns and teasing out natural climate variability from human induced climate change the WMO said in a statement

View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Chilly Qatar suffers coldest ever day

Feb 05, 2017 - 11:30 PM

The temperature plunges to 1 5 degrees Celsius early Sunday morning February 5 based on data from the Abu Samra weather station

6-story-high wave sets a record, says UN agency

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:13 PM

Scrutiny of data sent back by an automated buoy showed a monster wave rose at 0600 GMT on February 4 2013 at a remote spot between Britain and Iceland the WMO says

Tokyo gets November snow for first time in 54 years

Nov 24, 2016 - 2:24 PM

The Japan Meteorological Agency says it is the first time snow had fallen in November in central Tokyo since 1962

Snow falls across the rooftops of residential buildings during the early morning hours in Tokyo on November 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

The Philippines is on the brink of a climate inferno

May 20, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Further delays in coming up with a political consensus to address the challenges of climate change can be catastrophic

Image by Alyssa Arizabal / Rappler

Greenland sees record early melting of ice sheet

Apr 15, 2016 - 7:30 PM

The record coincides with unusually warm weather in the Arctic territory

epa05234905 An aerial view made available by The Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team, flying NASA's G-III aircraft over Greenland at about 40,000 feet on 26 March 2016. On a clear day, this altitude also provides a stunning perspective of one of the world's two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica). The flight 26 March over the northeast coastline was one of those clear days. The OMG team is now just a few flights away from mapping glacier heights around the entire coast of Greenland. These measurements will form the baseline of this first-of-its-kind experiment, clarifying the picture of how Greenland's glaciers are responding at a time when many signs point to accelerating change. OMG will pave the way for improved estimates of sea level rise by investigating the extent to which the oceans are melting Greenland?s ice. OMG will observe changing water temperatures and glaciers that reach the ocean around all of Greenland from 2015 to 2020. EPA/NASA / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Climate changing at 'unprecedented' rate – UN

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:37 AM

Temperatures in the first two months of 2016 soared to new highs following a year that broke all previous records by a wide margin the UN s weather agency says

A father holding up his child at a waterpark at the children's garden in the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, March 17, 2016. Wallace Woon/EPA

El Niño begins decline after 'powerful' impact – UN

Feb 18, 2016 - 7:37 PM

The weather phenomenon passes its peak but it will still remain until the middle of 2016

epa05106280 A picture made available on 17 January 2016 shows a Thai woman with children searching for snails and other life in the cracks of earth of a dried out lake in Udon Thani province, about 600km from Bangkok, in the Isan region of north-east Thailand, 16 January 2016. Many districts in Thailand, as many parts of the world, are battling changing weather patterns, and record breaking droughts, as governments try and ensure supply to city and rural regions by diverting precious stored water supplies for residential and agricultural use. EPA/BARBARA WALTON

Brrrr: Asia shivers, slips and slides in record low temperatures

Jan 25, 2016 - 2:26 PM

While the cold snap is by no means on the scale of the weather now affecting the snow bound eastern United States such temperatures are a novelty for many residents of the region

FROZEN. Ice forms on the roof of a bus stop on the slopes of Tai Mo Shan, Hong Kong's highest peak in the New Territories, in Hong Kong, China, January 24, 2016. Jerome Favre/EPA

China blamed as Australia's weather bureau hacked – report

Dec 02, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Hackers hit computers at the Bureau of Meteorology which has links to the defense department

UN: 2015 set to be hottest year on record

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:11 PM

This is all bad news for the planet says World Meteorological Organization head Michel Jarraud

RECORD BREAKER. Greenhouse gases in the atmosphere broke a new record this year. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Global warming: Earth in 'uncharted territory'

Nov 09, 2015 - 11:46 PM

This represents an important marker as the world continues to warm due to human influence the Met Office says

Image from Shutterstock

'Catastrophe' climate warnings as greenhouse gases hit new high

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:30 PM

Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are now reaching levels not seen on Earth for more than 800 000 maybe even one million years the WMO says

EMISSIONS. A photo taken on October 31, 2013 in Haubourdin, northern France shows smoke from a factory. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

New cyclone heading for Yemen – UN

Nov 06, 2015 - 9:40 PM

The new storm named Megh is brewing in the Arabian Sea and is expected to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm over the next 24 hours

YEMEN AID AS NEW CYCLONE COMES. Workers unload a newly arrived Ilyushin IL-76TD from the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations carrying much needed food aid supplied by Russia, at Sana’a International Airport in Sana’a, Yemen, November 5, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

Oman, Yemen warn coastal areas as severe cyclone approaches

Oct 31, 2015 - 10:08 PM

UN s World Meteorological Organization says that Chapala s wind speed is the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane

'Extremely severe' cyclone heading for Yemen, Oman

Oct 31, 2015 - 11:38 AM

The UN s weather agency says Chapala a super cyclonic storm could strike with hurricane force and dump torrential rain that may trigger landslides

Haze in parts of the Philippines: 9 ways to stay healthy

Oct 27, 2015 - 6:15 PM

Children the elderly and people with chronic respiratory problems are those particularly at risk of health problems due to exposure to haze

Hundreds trapped as floods sweep Japan

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:02 PM

UPDATED At least 12 people are missing after being swept away when the levee on the Kinugawa river gave way flooding an area that reports say spanned 32 square kilometers and included 6 500 homes

RESCUE. A local resident is rescued by a helicopter of the Gound Self Defense Force in a flooded area in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, on September 10, 2015. AFP Photo/Jiji Press

Floods spark evacuations as Japan is deluged

Sep 10, 2015 - 9:01 PM

The Japan Meteorological Agency issues special warnings for Tochigi and Ibaraki prefectures north of Tokyo urging vigilance against mudslides and flooding

EVACUATION. Rescue workers transport evacuees in a rubber boat through floodwaters at Oyama in Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo on September 10, 2015. Photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP photo

Japan city flooded as raging river breaks its banks

Sep 10, 2015 - 12:28 PM

UPDATED Dramatic television footage shows a wall of muddy water gushing from the swollen Kinugawa river in Joso city north of Tokyo which is home to around 65 000 people

TYPHOON ETAU. A Japanese surfer watches high waves from Typhoon Etau hit a breakwater in Isumi city, Chiba prefecture, Japan, 09 September 2015. Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA

Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland

Aug 25, 2015 - 12:00 PM

The powerful storm hit southwestern Kumamoto prefecture at about 6 am local time 2100 GMT Monday Japan s weather agency says

GONI'S RAIN. Tourists with raincoats walk under the rain at International Street in Naha, in the Japanese southwestern island of Okinawa, August 24, 2015. Hitoshi Maeshiro/EPA

Typhoon downgraded in China after killing five in Taiwan

Aug 09, 2015 - 11:16 AM

National Meteorological Center predicts the typhoon will be downgraded to a tropical depression by Sunday night

China evacuates over 865,000 as typhoon nears

Jul 11, 2015 - 9:52 AM

2nd UPDATE The powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Zhejiang province since 1949 according to China s National Meteorological Center

'STRONGEST TYPHOON.' Huge waves are seen as super typhoon Chan-hom comes near Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on July 10, 2015. Photo by AFP

Scientists point to narrowing gap for averting climate disaster

Jul 07, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Research shows the world is heading for double or more that on current greenhouse gas emission trends

CLIMATE CHANGE. French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech during the Climate and Territories World Summit held in Lyon, France, July 1, 2015. Photo by Ian Langsdon/EPA

Countries must deal with health risks of heatwaves – UN

Jul 01, 2015 - 4:05 PM

The UN s World Health Organization WHO and its World Meteorological Organization WMO are joining forces to create guidelines for experts and authorities for how to lower the health risks of heatwaves

HEATWAVE. Young girls play with the water-jets of a fountain on the Place des Nations during a heatwave alert in Geneva, Switzerland, August 19, 2012. File photo by Salvatore di Nolfi/EPA

Japan issues evacuation order after volcano erupts

May 29, 2015 - 10:16 AM

A plume of ash rockets into the air from Mount Shindake on the far southern island of Kuchinoerabu

Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

May 25, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Scientist say there is no risk of a tsunami from the quake which had a magnitude of 5 6 according to an early record by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Dodong maintains strength; 3 areas under Signal No. 3

May 09, 2015 - 7:50 AM

UPDATED PAGASA expects the typhoon to hit land over the Isabela Cagayan area on Sunday early morning May 10 At least 23 other areas are also under storm signals

Typhoon Dodong maintains strength; landfall expected Sunday

May 08, 2015 - 5:48 PM

UPDATED Weather Philippines says the potential landfall area will likely be somewhere on the eastern shores of Isabela or Cagayan by Sunday May 10

Typhoon Dodong maintains strength

May 08, 2015 - 11:25 AM

PAGASA expects to raise public storm warning signal number 1 over Isabela Quirino Aurora Rizal Quezon and Nueva Ecija by Friday afternoon

Dodong maintains strength; 7 areas under Signal No. 1

May 07, 2015 - 6:14 PM

2nd UPDATE The typhoon has slowed down early Friday morning May 8 PAGASA expects to raise public storm warning signal number 1 over Quezon Aurora and Isabela by 11 am

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:10 AM

3RD UPDATE One man dies and another is hospitalized in a fire caused by the powerful quake

SHAKEN. Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwanese Seismological Observation Center, points to a graph after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien, in Taipei, Taiwan, 20 Apriil 2015. David Chang/EPA

'Isis' dropped from UN hurricane name list

Apr 18, 2015 - 8:53 AM

The World Meteorological Organization replaces Isis with Ivette on an alphabetical list of hurricane names for the eastern north Pacific region next year

FROM ISIS TO IVETTE. In this file photo, International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shows how Typhoon Maysak looks like from outer space. File photo by Samantha Cristoforetti/ESA

IN PHOTOS: Typhoon Maysak, seen from space

Apr 01, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti posts haunting images of Maysak taken while aboard the International Space Station