Your chance to find out more about clouds, weather

Thursday March 23, 2017 Written by Published in Weather
Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari is holding an open day for public to commemorate World Meteorological Day today. 17032250 Cook Islands Meteorological Service director Arona Ngari is holding an open day for public to commemorate World Meteorological Day today. 17032250

Cook Islands Meteorological Service will today celebrate World Meteorological Day 2017 with an open day to the public at their Nikao office from 8am to 4pm.

 

Service director Arona Ngari said his staff would be available to help the public know about clouds.

He said they would also help the public understand and identify weather that was associated with certain clouds.

The theme of this year’s World Meteorological Day is “Understanding Clouds,” which will highlight the enormous importance of clouds for weather, climate and water.

In a statement, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said clouds were central to weather observations and forecasts.

“Clouds are one of the key uncertainties in the study of climate change. We need to better understand how clouds affect the climate and how a changing climate will affect clouds.

“Clouds play a critical role in the water cycle and shaping the global distribution of water resources.”

World Meteorological Day will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the inherent beauty and aesthetic appeal of clouds, which has inspired artists, poets, musicians, photographers and countless other enthusiasts throughout history.

It will also mark the launch of a new edition of the International Cloud Atlas after the most thorough and far-reaching revision in its long history, WMO said.

“The new WMO Atlas is a treasure trove of hundreds of images of clouds, including a few newly-classified cloud types.

“It also features other meteorological phenomena such as rainbows, halos, snow devils and hailstones.   

“For the first time ever, the atlas has been produced in a digital format and is accessible via both computers and mobile devices.

“The International Cloud Atlas is the single authoritative and most comprehensive reference for identifying clouds. It is an essential training tool for professionals in the meteorological community and those working in aviation and shipping. Its reputation is legendary among cloud enthusiasts.”

The International Cloud Atlas has its roots in the late 19th century.

It was revised several times in the 20th century, most recently in 1987, as a hard copy book, before the advent of the internet.

            - Rashneel Kumar/WMO

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