WMO Cooperates in Olympic Games Forecasts
is coordinating efforts by the government of China and the organization of the
Games during the Beijing Olympics to provide timely and accurate weather
predictions and characterization of associated risk, which are critical to the
The two Chinese satellites Fengyun-1 and Fengyun-2 are
already included in the WMO's Global Observing System, and China has committed
to provide the direct read-out service to all WMO members of the Fengyun-3A
satellite, the first of its new generation of polar-orbiting meteorological
satellites. The WMO Global Observing System aims to meet the observation needs
of all WMO programmes dealing with weather, climate, water and disaster
prevention and mitigation, as well as WMO-supported initiatives such as the
World Climate Research Programme and the Global Climate Observing System.
During the Summer Olympic Games, WMO coordinates the use by the host nation and
several WMO members of these observations to deploy numerical forecast models
to improve prediction of high-impact weather in the vicinity of the Games'
venues on time-scales of minutes to days. [WMO press release, 5 August 2008]