(in demonstration phase)

News

Pan-Arctic climate outlook forum forecasts above average summer temperatures

The third session of the Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF) was held on 8-9 May 2019 Rovaniemi, Finland, to review the climate conditions during the previous winter season, and to provide an outlook for the forthcoming summer season. Average surface air temperatures are expected to be above normal across the majority of the Arctic regions between June and August 2019. Below to near normal sea ice conditions are expected for the majority of the Arctic, with the exception of Greenland and the Canadian Arctic. The forecast summer conditions follow winter months in which the average surface air temperature was above normal for most of the Arctic domain. Eastern Siberia experienced its second warmest November-December-January on record. During February, March and April, Arctic temperatures were above normal, with the exception of the eastern Canadian Arctic where temperatures were below normal. Above normal temperatures are expected to continue across the majority of the Arctic regions between June and August 2019.

Read the full WMO press release.

Pan-Arctic climate outlook forum forecasts above average winter temperatures

The second session of the Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum (PARCOF) was held virtually on 30 October 2018 to review the climate conditions during the previous summer season, and to provide an outlook for the forthcoming winter season. The outlook indicates that the average surface air temperatures are expected to be above normal for the entire Arctic for November, December and January. The fall freeze-up of sea ice is expected to be earlier than normal in Hudson Bay, Baffin Bay and the Beaufort Sea, and later than normal across most of the eastern Arctic. The March 2019 sea ice extent is expected to be below or near normal.

Read the full WMO press release.

WMO launches Arctic Regional Climate Centre Network

A new Pan-Arctic Climate Outlook Forum has met for the first time to provide predictions for the forthcoming summer season as part of an international drive to improve weather, climate and sea ice forecasts in a region undergoing rapid environmental change.

Read the full WMO press release.