WMO announced World Meteorological Day 2022 theme
Extreme weather, climate and water events are becoming more frequent and intense in many parts of the world as a result of climate change. More of us than ever before are exposed to a myriad of collateral hazards, which are evolving as a result of population growth, urbanization and environmental degradation.
Forecasts of what the weather will be like are no longer enough. Impact-based forecasts that inform the public about what the weather will do are vital to saving lives and livelihoods. However, every third people aren’t still sufficiently covered by early warning systems.
Closer coordination between National Meteorological and Hydrological Services, disaster management authorities and development agencies is fundamental to improve prevention, preparedness and response.
COVID-19 has compounded the challenges facing society and weakened coping mechanisms. The pandemic has also shown that, in our interconnected world, we need to take a truly multifactorial and cross-border approach in order to make progress towards global climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development goals.
Being prepared and able to act can save many lives and protect the communities around the world, now and in the future.
Thus, World Meteorological Day on March 23, 2022 is dedicated to the theme "Early Warning and Early Action" and highlights the vital importance of hydrometeorological and climate information for disaster risk reduction.
WMO members include 187 States. Belarus has been a WMO member since 1948. On this day, March 23, our country also celebrates the Day of Workers of the Hydrometeorological Service of the Republic of Belarus. The holiday was established in 2012. This day reminds of the need for meteorological research, as well as the importance of preserving the atmosphere and hydrosphere of the planet.