Newsletter Issue 5 (March 2021)



The Weather of February 2021 – An unseasonably warm and sunny February

World marks 10th anniversary of Japan earthquake,
tsunami and nuclear accident

The tenth anniversary of the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan is being marked by ceremonies to mourn the victims and reflection on lessons learned, including stronger multi-hazard early warning systems and environmental emergency response coordination, to prevent a future tragedy.

Typhoon Committee holds annual session

The Typhoon Committee, a joint body of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the World Meteorological Organization, has just held its 53rd annual session, continuing the long-term commitment to protect lives and property from tropical cyclones and typhoons in Northwestern Pacific Ocean.

Severe sand and dust storm hits Asia

One of the worst sand and dust storms in a decade has hit Mongolia, northern China and other parts of Asia, with big environmental and economic impacts and harming air quality for millions of people.

HSBC plans to phase out coal financing by 2040

HSBC has said it plans to ramp up its climate change policies and stop financing coal projects by 2040, as long as shareholders back the move.

February global temperature took a dive. Is accelerated warming still on or not?

If the 12-month mean does not fall much below the red trend line, it suggests that there is a real warming acceleration that could implicate an aerosol reduction.

U.S. has its coldest February in more than 30 years

Despite the chilly February, winter wrapped up warmer than normal, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

La Niña passes peak, but effects continue

The 2020-2021 La Niña event has passed its peak, but impacts on temperatures, precipitation and storm patterns continue, according to a new update from WMO. Despite the general cooling influence of La Niña events, land temperatures are expected to be above-normal for most parts of the globe in February-April 2021.

Cyclone Niran causes damage in New Caledonia

Cyclone Niran, generating gusts of up to 220km/h, injured at least one person and caused extensive damage in New Caledonia according to early reports.

Hong Kong Meteorological Society elects new EC

Hong Kong Meteorological Society held an online Annual General Meeting on 5 March 2021 and elected the new Executive Committee. The Winner of the Zhu Kezhen Prize Mr CHENG Tat Fan delivered a short presentation titled “Moisture Source–Receptor Network of the East Asian Summer Monsoon Land Regions and the Associated Atmospheric Steerings” in the occasion.

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