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Drought Bulletin December 2023

Globally, 2023 was the hottest year on record since the pre-industrial era (1850-1900), with an average anomaly of almost +1.5°C, and two days in November that exceeded 2°C for the first time. In 2023, Europe experienced unusually high temperatures, with 11 out of 12 months recording temperatures above the historical average. Focusing on Italy, the […]

The 3rd edition Agromet School begins in Bratislava

In Bratislava, the seeds of agricultural resilience are being sown as we speak, on December 11th, marking the commencement of the third edition of the International School of Agrometeorology. This intellectual harvest is meticulously cultivated by the Italian Association of Agro-meteorology (AIAM) in collaboration with CNR-IBE, designated as the WMO Regional Training Center in Italy […]

Education and Training at COP28: Italian Side Event

On December 9, at the Italy Pavilion during COP 28 (United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai), the Meteorological Service of the Italian Air Force, in partnership with the Institute for Bioeconomy of the National Research Council (CNR), the University of L’Aquila, the Sant’Anna School of Pisa, and the Hydrology Satellite Application Facilities (H-Saf) consortium, […]

Early Warning to Strengthen Resilience against Weather, Water, and Climate Events

In 2022, in a stride towards global weather preparedness, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) launched the ‘Early Warnings for All Initiative’ to ensure that every person on Earth is safeguarded by early warning systems by 2027. The “Early Warnings for All” initiative stands as a crucial effort in advancing climate justice for those directly facing […]

Drought Bulletin September 2023

Even September has been a record-breaking month on a global scale, ranking as the hottest, with a +0.93°C deviation from the 1991-2020 average. In Europe, it was even 2.51°C warmer than the norm. Sea surface temperatures were also exceptional, making this September the second warmest of all months, just after August 2023. Concerning rainfall, this […]

Drought Bulletin July 2023

On a global scale, July 2023 has proven to be the warmest month on record. Extreme events have also characterized this month. Intense heatwaves have affected the northern hemisphere, causing environmental damage (fires have devastated various areas, from Canada to the Mediterranean, particularly in Algeria, Greece, Italy, and Spain) and impacting human health. Considering monthly […]

Drought Bulletin June 2023

In June, the long-lasting drought (24 months) at the European level continues to hold its grip, especially over the western Mediterranean areas and the east. Meanwhile, Scandinavia, particularly Sweden, is grappling with a significant rainfall deficit in the last 3 months, April to June, affecting over half of the territory. In Italy, the rains of […]

FAO-IRI Joint Event: Empowering Innovation for Drought and Agriculture

In the face of escalating climate change impacts and the growing consequences of drought, it is imperative to develop adaptive and mitigative measures across all facets of agrifood systems. Research and technological innovation are indispensable tools to avert economic and social crises and foster sustainability. Efforts must be concentrated on comprehensive actions that encompass policy […]

Drought Bulletin May 2023

In late May, the long-lasting drought across Europe continues to tighten its grip, particularly in the western Mediterranean and eastern regions. Persistent drought has plagued various parts of southwestern Europe for almost two years, despite May’s rainfall (in some cases even flooding), which has reduced the accumulated deficits in the short and medium term. In […]

Landmark WMO Appointments

During the 19th meeting of the World Meteorological Congress, Cg-19, the international community witnessed a landmark moment for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Among the elected officials were Prof Celeste Saulo, who made history as the first female Secretary-General of WMO, and Dr Al Mandous, who assumed the position of President. The appointment of Prof […]