WMO updates warning systems

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The World Meteorological Organization is to update its Guidelines on Multi-Hazard Impact-Based Forecast and Warning Services (IBFWS).

The second edition of the guidelines, which promote best practice for effective hydrometeorological warning systems, will be published later this year. It will include six new chapters based on recommendations of service providers, users and funders from a symposium hosted by the UK’s Met Office in December 2019.

WMO says the 2015 guidelines work on the assumption that it is not enough to provide a good forecast or warning of what the weather will be. People need information on what the weather might do, and how to stay safe and protect their property.

The guidelines provide practical information and case studies on moving from weather forecasts and warnings to the provision of multi-hazard impact-based forecast and warning services.

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