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What is Meteorology?

Meteorology as a science deals with the atmosphere, weather, climate and weather forecasting. Meteorology dates back in the 17th century, but significant progress in weather forecasting did not happen until the 18th century. The 19th century saw modest improvement in the field, but breakthroughs in this field were witnessed in the 20th and 21st centuries.

When is World Meteorological Day?

The World Meteorological Day is celebrated every year on 23 March to commemorate the date of the establishment of the World Meteorological Organization in 23 March 1950. The day also highlights the contribution that the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.

World Meteorological Day is celebrated every year to attract the attention of the world towards the changes in the weather and climate of the Earth for the safety and wellbeing of society.

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was established in Geneva, Switzerland, on this day in 1950. Consisting of 193 member countries, the organization has its roots in the Vienna International Meteorological Congress 1873. The WMO was established by the ratification of the WMO Convention, aimed at facilitating the exchange of weather information across national borders.

The following year, in 1951, the organisation became a specialised agency of the United Nations for climate, weather and water, and striving to support understanding the inextricable link between ocean, climate and weather.

WMO promotes cooperation in the establishment of networks for making meteorological, climatological, hydrological and geophysical observations, as well as the exchange, processing and standardization of related data, and assists technology transfer, training and research. It also fosters collaboration between the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services of its Members and furthers the application of meteorology to public weather services, agriculture, aviation, shipping, the environment, water issues and the mitigation of the impacts of natural disasters.

Why Celebrate World Meteorological Day

Accurate daily weather forecasts help us plan our days ahead of time. From what to wear to how to organize our schedules. The World Meteorological Organization also monitors climatic changes such as fluctuating temperatures and advice the public accordingly. Most importantly, meteorologists warn us about natural disasters and therefore help people and property be evacuated in good time. Therefore, there is every need to honor the professionals who deal with the weather by celebrating World Meteorological Day.

History of World Meteorological Day

In 1873, the International Meteorological Organization was established during a congress in Vienna, Austria. The organization’s primary aim was to develop meteorological station networks, improve weather forecasts, and exchange meteorological information across borders.

On March 23rd, 1950, the UN changed the name International Meteorological organization to the World Meteorological Organization, and it became the UN”s agency for meteorology and related geophysical sciences.

In 1961, the World Meteorological Organization designated March 23rd as the UN World Meteorological Day. The date of observance was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the organization’s creation in 1950.

How is World Meteorological Day 2022 celebrated?

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World Meteorological Day often features various events such as conferences, symposia and exhibitions for meteorological professionals, community leaders and the general public. Some events aim to attract media attention to raise meteorology’s profile.

Many prizes for meteorological research are presented or announced on or close to World Meteorological Day. These prizes include:

Many countries issue postage stamps or special postage stamp cancellation marks to celebrate World Meteorological Day. These stamps often reflect the event’s theme or mark a country’s meteorology achievements.

WMO Executive Council has selected the following themes for the upcoming celebrations of World Meteorological Day 2022: Early Warning and Early Action. Hydrometeorological and Climate Information for Disaster Risk Reduction.

World Meteorological Day Theme List – Year Wise



World Meteorological Day 2021 Theme

The Ocean, our climate and weather

World Meteorological Day 2020 Theme

Water and Climate Change

World Meteorological Day 2019 Theme

The Sun, the Earth and the Weather

World Meteorological Day 2018 Theme

Weather-ready, climate-smart

World Meteorological Day 2017 Theme

Understanding clouds

World Meteorological Day 2016 Theme

Hotter, drier, wetter – Face the future

World Meteorological Day 2015 Theme

Climate knowledge for Climate Action

World Meteorological Day 2014 Theme

Weather and Climate: Engaging youth

World Meteorological Day 2013 Theme

Watching the weather to protect life and property

World Meteorological Day 2012 Theme

Powering our future with weather, climate and water

World Meteorological Day 2011 Theme

Climate for you

World Meteorological Day 2010 Theme

60 years of service for your safety and well-being

World Meteorological Day 2009 Theme

Weather, climate and the air we breathe

World Meteorological Day 2008 Theme

Observing our planet for a better future

World Meteorological Day 2007 Theme

Polar meteorology: Understanding global impacts

World Meteorological Day 2006 Theme

Preventing and mitigating natural disasters

World Meteorological Day 2005 Theme

Weather, climate, water and sustainable development

World Meteorological Day 2004 Theme

Weather, climate, water in the information age

World Meteorological Day 2003 Theme

Our future climate

World Meteorological Day Slogans

“Water is life. Don’t waste it.”

“Save water, and it will save you.”

“A slogan on Water is a slogan on life.

“Nothing will be left here without water.”

“Don’t flush our planet’s most valuable resource.”

“Don’t let the water run when you brush your teeth.”

“Don’t let the water run in the sink, our life’s on the brink.”

“No matter, how much rich you are, you can’t live without water.”

“Water is the Best Natural Remedy. Drink Your Way to Better Health.”

“Make Water Your Primary Drink instead of Soda, Juice. Choose Pure Water Throughout Your Day.”

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