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World Meteorological Organization

The World Meteorological Organization or WMO is the agency of the United Nations that deals with the ‘state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources’.

The WMO was established in 1950, but it originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873. It has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The current president is Alexander Bedritsky and the current Secretary-General is Michel Jarraud.


The WMO has an e-learning website:

This includes online courses in weather forecasting, climate data management, and statistics in applied climatology (SIAC):

and also a database of resources on meteorology, hydrology and associated sciences:

Apparently access to these courses and resources are free — but to take courses or add data to the database, you need to log in.

Press releases

Some recent press releases:

The year 2010 ranked as the warmest year on record, together with 2005 and 1998, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Data received by the WMO show no statistically significant difference between global temperatures in 2010, 2005 and 1998.