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Digitised International Cloud Atlas launched on World Meteorological Day

On 23rd March 2017 - World Meteorological Day - the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its new, online, digitised International Cloud Atlas, which is the global reference for observing and identifying clouds. It contains a number of new cloud classifications, including the eagerly-awaited asperitas, a dramatic undulated cloud which has captured public imagination.

WMO release State of Global Climate in 2016 report - multiple records broken

The WMO have today released their State of Global Climate in 2016 report, detailing a record global temperature, exceptionally low sea ice, continued sea level rise and increasing ocean temperatures, with extreme weather and climate continuing into 2017.

The authoritative annual statement is based on several international datasets maintained independently by global climate analysis centres, as well as research institutes and national meteorological and hydrological centres.

On This Day: 1953 East Coast Flood

Image: 160,000 acres of land, up to 2 miles inland, was flooded and unusable for several years afterwards (Source: The Royal Society)

On night of 31st January 1953 Britain suffered one of its greatest peacetime disasters: a fatal combination of extreme weather conditions, high spring tides and an inability to warn people meant that huge numbers of people were unaware of an imminent storm surge that was about to inundate low lying areas of East Anglia and the Thames Estuary, as well as parts of Scotland, the Netherlands and Belgium.

On This Day: Burns Day Storm 1990

Image: Highest gusts of over 60 knots (69 mph) recorded on 25 January 1990 (Source: Met Office)

On 25th January 1990 - otherwise known as Burns Day to the Scots, the day marking the birthday of their national poet, Robert Burns - an intense depression tracked across southern Scotland bringing severe gales and storm force winds to many parts of England and Wales.