Date:  14th April, 2014

Time: 1630 PST

 

Press Release

Early Warning System for coming Monsoon

 LoA signed between PMD & UNDP

 

 A Letter of Agreement (LoA) is signed between The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday at PMD Headquarter. The purpose of LOA is to strengthen the “Early Warnings Dissemination during coming monsoon” under the Supporting Community Resilience (SCORE) Project”. The LoA was signed by Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General PMD while UNDP was led by Mr. Herman Besgsme, CTA, DRR, The team of experts of PMD (Chief Meteorologists and Directors of different units), Mr.Qasim Naqvi, AFA, UNDP and Mr. Ahmed Kamal, Member,DRR, NDMA. were also present in the signing ceremony.

 

                               

 

This LoA will provide a framework for timely dissemination of Flash Flood Alerts using FM radio transmission and SMS for targeted areas of vulnerable areas with special focus on Khyber Pukhtunkhaw districts Peshawar, Charsada and Nowsherea. At the end of the ceremony, Director General, PMD thanked UNDP and NDMA for supporting such initiatives and hoped that it would strengthen the cooperation between organizations for providing the better services to the nation for effective DRM activities at gross root level.

(Spokesman)                

Pakistan Meteorological Department


Date:  27th January, 2014

Time: 1600 PST

 

Press Release

 

 

PMD'S AVIATION MET SERVICE IS NOW CERTFIED AS PER THE ISO 9001:2008 STANDARDS

 

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) feels honored to announce that in addition to its two offices working at Jinnah International Airport Karachi (JIAP) and Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIP) (certified earlier in Nov. 2012 as per ISO 9001:2008 standards) the 15 more Met/Aeromet Offices discharging  duties of providing the Aviation Meteorological Services to national and international air navigation have been certified as per the ISO 9001:2008 compliant Quality Management System (QMS) standards with effect from November 26, 2013.

 

It is to be recalled that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and International Civil Air Organization (ICAO) obligation was to establish and implement the ISO 9001:2008 compliant Quality Management System (QMS) in the provision of international air navigation latest by November 15, 2012.

 

The PMD spokesman further informed that the remaining Met/Aeromet Offices providing the aviation meteorological services would be certified as per ISO 9001:2008 standards during 2014-15. 

 

(Spokesman)


 

Date: 23 Dec, 2013

Press Release

 

 

Mr. Arif Mahmood (DG Met) elected as Vice President of WMO

 

 

Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General Pakistan Meteorological    Department (PMD) has been elected as a “Vice President of Regional Association II (Asia Region) of World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The 191 member states of the WMO are divided into six regional associations and the Regional Association II consists of 35 member states of Asia who unanimously elected Mr. Arif Mahmood as a Vice President of the association.

 

The spokesman of PMD informed that the election of Mr. Arif Mahmood as a Vice President of WMO is an honor for PMD and Pakistan. He is a very experienced and dedicated scientist with the exposure of work for more than 35 years by rendering services in various units of PMD.  He did his M.Sc in Defence & Strategic Studies from National Defence University, Islamabad in 2008 and was promoted as a Director General of PMD on Sep 2010. He was selected as Permanent Representative (PR) of WMO for Pakistan in June 2013. His distinction would make him capable of representing Pakistan to establish links and co-ordination with other countries and international organizations for the socio-economic development of the people against the impending seismological & hydro-meteorological natural disasters.

 

 

  

Sd/-

 

SPOKESMAN

 



Press Release 

Dated: October 3, 2013 

Time: 1800 PST 

 

 

ZILHAJJ LIKELY TO COMMENCE IN THE COUNTRY FROM OCTOBER 07, 2013

       

           

The current astronomical analysis by Pakistan Meteorological Department suggests that there is a very good chance of sighting the new moon of Zilhajj 1434 Hijri in the evening of 06th October, 2013, throughout the country. Therefore, the month of Zilhajj, would commence from 07th October, 2013 on Monday, subject to confirmation by the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

 

According to PMD, the following threshold values of the astronomical parameters are essential for sighting the new moon of Zilhajj, 1434 Hijri.

  • Age of the new moon should be more than 26 hours and 40 minutes at the time of twilight for sighting new moon of Zilhajj whereas this time it is more than 35 hours throughout the country.
  • Minimum duration for the new moon after sunset should be more than 41 minutes whereas at this occasion, it is more than 45 minutes at a number of stations in the country.
  • The positions of the new moon and its angles at the time of sunset are also favorable for sighting of the new moon throughout the country.

 

The conditions for the sighting the new moon of Zilhajj, on October 06th , 2013 are consonant with the prescribed criteria throughout the  country, therefore, 1st day of Zilhajj would be on 07th October, 2013 on Monday and Eid-ul-Azha would be celebrated in the country on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 (inshaallah), subject to confirmation by the Central Ruet-e- Hilal Committee.

           

Fair and Dry (Clear) weather is expected in most parts of the country on the evening of October 06, 2013.

  

Sd/                       

(Muhammad Aleem ul Hassan)

                                                                                                                                                                            Deputy Director 

 


 

 

Press Release                                                                                                                                                                          Dated: July 02, 2013

Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General PMD designated as

Permanent Representative of Pakistan with World Meteorological Organization

 

Mr. Arif Mahmood, Director General  Pakistan  Meteorological  Department (PMD) has  been  designated  as the Permanent Representative (PR) of  Pakistan with  World  Meteorological  Organization (WMO). This distinction would make him capable of representing not only PMD but also establish links and co-ordination with other agencies, relevant  universities  and  the  private  sector  involved  in meteorology and  allied disciplines  for the socio-economic development of the people against the impending seismological & hydro-meteorological natural disasters.

 

He is a very experienced and dedicated scientist with the exposure of work for more than 35 years by rendering services in various units of PMD.  Besides his Masters from University of the Punjab he earned the post-graduation in Seismology from Japan in 1986. He did his M.Sc. in Defence & Strategic Studies from National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad in 2008. He also participated in the ‘First Pakistan Antarctica Expedition’ from December, 1990 to February, 1991.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Spokesman

 


Dated: 21st May, 2013

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MoU signed with IST Islamabad to strengthen the Mutual Scientific and Technical Cooperation

 

           A signing ceremony of “Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad” was held at PMD headquarters office Islamabad today on 21st May 2013. The team of experts of PMD (chief meteorologists and Directors of different units) was led by Mr. Arif Mahmood Director General PMD while the IST team (Dean Faculty of Atmospheric Sciences and other faculty members) was led by Engr.Imran Rahman Vice Chancellor IST Islamabad

 

 

   

This MoU will provide a framework for academic and professional cooperation to both the institutions in the fields of Meteorology, Climate Science, Remote Sensing Geographic Information System and Natural Disasters.  According to MoU scientific and technical cooperation between the two stake holders would enhance the integration 0f Science, Engineering and Technological knowledge in the country through joint research on the issues relating to weather and climate.

 

At the end of the ceremony, heads of both the institutions thanked each other for taking such initiative to strengthen the cooperation between two organizations for providing the best services to nation in the Space Science, Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate related issues.

  

Sd/                       

(Muhammad Aleem ul Hassan)

Deputy Director