WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY 2019
The world celebrates World Meteorological Day every year on the 23rd of March and commemorates the birth of the convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization on March 23rd 1950. It exhibits the contributions of National Meteorological and Hydrological services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities globally.
Today, Green Cameroon joins the world to commemorate World Meteorological Day 2019 under the theme “The Sun, the Earth and Weather”. The sun delivers the energy that powers all life on earth, it drives the weather, ocean currents and hydrological cycle. It also shapes our mood and daily activities. It is the inspiration for music, photography and Art.
On World Meteorological Day, there are numerous special meetings and exhibits on weather and climate related themes held all over the world. There are also several awards and prizes given out on this day for research and other achievements in the realm of meteorology. Also, in some nations around the world, special stamps are issued every 23rd March based on that year’s World Meteorological Day theme. The World Meteorological Organization works tirelessly to make weather forecasting accurate in order to benefit the public safety.
It is of vital importance to know what the weather is going to be like in your community. This day however, gets to know the people who make these forecasts possible. That’s why a local meteorologists is of vital importance to a community. Early warnings save countless lives but, unfortunately, they are not always enough. Storms can do a lot of damage within few hours of which sometimes the recovery is slow.
The celebration of World Meteorological Day comes along with a lot of importance to the world such as the fact that it helps us plan our whole days. Without the data collected by the World Meteorological Organization, it would be impossible to get accurate daily weather forecasts. Most people plan their day, from how to dress to what to do- the weather man says “A world with no weather forecasts is a world with a lot more ruined picnics”. Also, it helps us to track climate change. The World Meteorological Organization is about more than just weather. They detect and monitor changes in climate. This can range from changing sea levels, fluctuations in temperature, and rising levels of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. This information is crucial to our understanding of the current climate change crisis. More so, they also warn us about natural disasters. Natural disasters are, well, disastrous, but they would be much worse if we could not track the storms for days before it strikes. Because of the World Meteorological Organization, we are able to predict huge storms with enough time for people to evacuate the area, or at least make the necessary storm preparations.
Let’s join Green Cameroon and the rest of the world to celebrate this year’s World Meteorological Day and advocate for better weather and climatic conditions for our planet earth.