March 23: World Meteorological Day

Every year 23rd March is being observed as World Meteorological Day (WMD).

The theme for 2017 year is Understanding Clouds..

The theme highlights the enormous importance of clouds for weather climate and water. Clouds are central to weather observations and forecasts.

On the occasion of WMD, various meteorological research awards will be also given.

These awards include International Meteorological Organization Prize, Professor Dr. Vilho Vaisaila Award and Norbert Gerbier-Mumm International Award.


On this day in 1950 the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Convention came into force that aimed at creating WMO.

Later in 1951, WMO became United Nations specialized agency for meteorology, geophysical sciences and operational hydrology.

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