special news feature World Meteorological Day has been celebrated on 23 formation contributes to the safety and comfort of March each year since 1961 to commemorate the day passengers, the protection of aircraft and equipment, in 1950 when the WMO Convention replaced the the safest, fastest and most economical routing, and nongovernmental International Meteorological Or- the maintenance of regular schedules. For nonsched- ganization with the intergovernmental World Mete- uled aviation, especially the rapidly growing services orological Organization. WMO's framework for to remote regions, meteorological information re- international cooperation in meteorology and oper- mains essential for safe operations. ational hydrology has operated successfully now for The requirements for meteorological services to almost forty years. This feature is from a message de- aviation have changed considerably from the early livered by Professor Godwin O.P. Obasi, secretary- days. Aircraft have become bigger and fly faster and general of WMO. higher. Forecasts, which were once for local areas and the lowest reaches of the atmosphere, had to expand and cater to aircraft flying between countries WM O selectes a theme each year for World Mete- and continents at increased heights and speeds. When orological Day to focus world-wide attention on im- most aircraft
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Apr 1, 1989
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