World Meteorological Day 23rd March

World Meteorological Day is celebrated on 23rd March every year to attract attention towards weather and climate for the safety and well-being of the society. On 23rd March 1950, the World Meteorological Organisation came into force.

The theme of World Meteorological Day 2022 is “Early Warning and Early Action. Hydrometeorological and Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction.”

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), an organization of the United Nations, was created on 23 March 1950 to replace the International Meteorological Organization.

It began operations in 1951 to coordinate member nation in the fields of meteorology, operational hydrology, and Earth sciences for the security of their population. The first World Meteorological Day was held on 23 March 1961.

Themes

Under is a few of the themes of recent years:

Early Warning and Early Action, 23 March 2022

The Ocean, Our Climate and Weather, 23 March 2021

Climate and Water, 23 March 2020

The Sun, the Earth and the Weather, 23 March 2019

Weather-ready, climate-smart, 23 March 2018

Understanding clouds, 23 March 2017

Hotter, drier, wetter – Face the future, 23 March 2016

Climate knowledge for Climate Action, 23 March 2015

Weather and Climate: Engaging youth, 23 March 2014

Watching the weather to protect life and property: Celebrating 50 years of World Weather Watch, 23 March 2013

Powering our future with weather, climate and water, 23 March 2012

Climate for you, 23 March 2011

60 years of service for your safety and well-being (2010)

Weather, climate and the air we breathe (2009)

Observing our planet for a better future (2008)

Polar meteorology: Understanding global impacts (2007)

Preventing and mitigating natural disasters (2006)

Weather, climate, water and sustainable development (2005)

Weather, climate, water in the information age (2004)

Our future climate (2003)

How to approach it

Meteorology tends to go under the radar as an important science despite it having such an impact on our lives.

This day is about helping students understand the ways in which meteorologists help society whilst introducing the science behind how they work.

Ask students to think about how scientists that monitor and predict the weather might be useful. A good place to start is obviously doing the weather report, but there’s much more than this.

Meteorologists are essential for the shipping and aviation industry and their long term forecasts allow farmers to produce food.

Importantly, they show us how the climate is changing and how we can fix it. Check out some of our climate change resources below for great introductions to the science and impact of meteorology.

Additionally, this is a great opportunity to marvel at what we can achieve through human cooperation. Despite divisions in other parts of society the scientific and meteorological community have consistently worked together for the benefit of all.

It is thanks to them that there is a unified scientific response to climate change and a mass global network of weather monitoring.

Ask students to imagine what could be achieved if we collaborated in the same way across other political and economic sectors. 

With Agency Report