The Meteorological Office of Malta International Airport today joins the other 184 members of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) in celebrating World Meteorological Day. This day commemorates the entry into force on March 23, 1950 of the convention creating the WMO as the successor to the International Meteorological Organisation (IMO) established in 1873. This year therefore marks 131 years of formally organised international cooperation in meteorology, hydrology and related geophysical sciences.
The Met Office said that new and increasingly sophisticated tools have enabled the development of meteorology, hydrology and related geophysical sciences. These tools include Doppler Weather Radars, automatic weather stations and remote-sensing capabilities of operational and research and development meteorological satellites, as well as rapid telecommunication capabilities, supercomputers and easily accessible and powerful personal computers. The media and the internet have contributed significantly to enhancing accessibility and awareness about the value of weather and climate information. The theme chosen for World Meteorological Day 2004 is “Weather, Climate and Water in the Information Age”.