Press Releases

23 March, 2021

World Meteorological Day 2021 – The Ocean, our Climate and Weather

Every year on March 23, the World Meteorological Day is celebrated to mark the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) establishment on that date in 1950.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) celebrated the WM Day 2021 and held an exhibition at Institute of Meteorology & Geophysics (IMG), Met. Complex, University Road, Karachi. The chief guest, Muhammad Touseef Alam, Ch. Met (Rtd) inaugurated the exhibition. The exhibition aimed to highlight the weather and climate services PMD renders to contribute in national development in different sectors. Director, IMG, Mr. Sardar Sarfaraz, presented the welcome address and briefed the audience on the theme of the day.

The theme for the year “The Ocean, our Climate and Weather” is based on the fact that ocean, covering some 70% of the Earth’s surface, is a major driver of the world’s weather and climate. It plays a central role in climate change. The ocean is also a major driver of the global economy, carrying more than 90% of world trade and sustaining the 40% of humanity that lives within 100 km of the coast. The changing climate is warming the ocean, having a profound effect on our weather.

The year 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record, despite La Nina cooling in the Pacific Ocean. The past decade 2011-2020 was the warmest on record. Ocean heat is at record levels, ocean acidification is continuing. Sea ice is melting. The rate of sea level rise has accelerated. During the past year, we have seen prolonged droughts that extended fire seasons throughout the world. For instance, wildfires in Australia, were linked to ocean temperatures influencing drier seasonal climate patterns.

Chief Meteorologist, briefed the audience about progress of the department. He highlighted the significance of PMD’s role in weather forecasting, early warnings and other climate services, to protect life and property. To prepare for extreme weather and climatic events, accurate impact-based prediction and a multi-level early warning system are the key requirements. PMD is striving hard for provision of such information through enhancement and up-gradation of the existing network like DW Radars, AWSs, ARGs and wind profilers etc.

Mr. Muhammad Touseef Alam, Ex. Chief Meteorologist was the keynote speaker on the occasion. He highlighted that weather and climate is not only linked to atmosphere but also to the ocean, which is equally vital part of the earth system. He pointed that the United Nations Organization (UNO) is dedicating the decade 2021-2030 as the “Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development” and the WMO and NMHs, of course, are committed to contributing with much of their work integral for the “Safe Ocean”, “Predicted Ocean” and “Transparent Ocean” goals of the Decade. By having accurate and timely information and early warning, people can prepare and organize themselves to deal with adverse impacts of extreme weather events. During last few years, thousands of lives have been saved around the world by improved weather forecasting, efficient early-warnings and disaster readiness.

In the end, Dir. IMG, Mr. Sarfaraz thanked the audience and all the stakeholders for their participation and making the event a success. The exhibition will remain opened on 24th and 25th March, 2021 for students and the public.

(Spokesman)


1 March, 2021

Early Pollen observed in Islamabad/Rawalpindi

Due to temperature increase, the Pollen concentration has started to increase rapidly in Islamabad/Rawalpindi. Met Office informed that pollen will further increase in coming days. The Pollen is likely to attain peak during second fortnight of March 2021 in Islamabad/Rawalpindi. People suffering from pollen allergy are advised to take the precautionary measures accordingly.

The most abundant pollen types in Islamabad are from 08 plant species (i. e. Paper Mulberry, Acacia, Eucalyptus, Pines, Grasses, Cannabis, Dandelion and Alternaria). Out of all these plants Paper Mulberry shares about 97% of the total pollen and its concentration touches the extreme limits of around 45,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of the blossom season. PMD will continuously publish pollen concentration data throughout the pollen season on its website and print/electronic media on daily basis. This concentration data will be regularly uploaded on PMD website: www.pmd.gov.pk

Public may contact at following phone numbers for related information;
051-9250334, 051-9250364 and 051-9250369 or email at pollen@pmd.gov.pk for queries regarding pollen count.

(Spokesperson)



10 February, 2021

Inauguration of Weather Radar in Islamabad By Honourable Mininster for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan and his excellency Ambassador of Japan H.E Matsuda Kuninori

The Inauguration/completion ceremony of the project “Establishment of Specialized Medium Range Weather Forecasting Centre” (SMRFC) for strengthening of Weather Forecasting System in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, was held in Pakistan Meteorological Department, Islamabad today on 10 th February, 2021.

Federal Minister for Aviation, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, H.E Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Shigeki Furuta, Chief Representative of JICA in Pakistan on their arrival at PMD Headquarters H-8 were received by DG Mets Mr. Muhammad Riaz and other senior officers of PMD.

H.E Matsuda Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan in his inaugural address reiterated the historical ties between Japan and Pakistan and ensured his constant support to the people of Pakistan.

The honorable Minister, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan paid special thanks to the people and Government of Japan for their continuous support in the fields of aviation, weather and climate. DG Met Services also elaborated the continuous support of JICA for the establishment of Weather Radars in Pakistan.

Students of Japanese Embassy School were also briefed about different units of Pakistan Meteorological Department and working/operations about these units.


2 December, 2020

Federal Secretary for Aviation, Mr. Hassan Nasir Jamy inaugurated the Upgraded Meteorological Observatory at Regional Meteorological Center Peshawar

Federal Secretary for Aviation, Mr. Hassan Nasir Jamy inaugurated the upgraded meteorological observatory in the Regional Meteorological Center (RMC), Peshawar today. Mr. Imran Jamil Shami, Joint Secretary, Aviation Division, Director General (PMD) Muhammad Riaz and Chief Met. Dr. Hanif were also present on the occasion. Dr. Muhammad Fahim, Deputy Director, RMC Peshawar, briefed about the working and functions of the center. Dr. Hanif added that the Meteorological Department has begun the process of modernization and integration of state-of-the-art systems into the observational network of PMD. Soon meteorological observatories in different parts of the country would be upgraded thus enhancing the meteorological data quality.


18 November, 2019

Regional Training Workshop on Severe Weather and Impact-based Forecasting and Warning Services
(Islamabad from 18-23 November, 2019)

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing SWFDP-South Asia Training Workshop on Severe Weather and Impact-based Forecasting and Warning Services from 18th to 23rd of November, 2019 at PMD Headquarters, Islamabad-Pakistan.

The inaugural ceremony of the workshop was held at PMD-Headquarters, Islamabad on 18th November, 2019. Nine (09) participants from the National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of South Asian region countries along with 29 local experts from stakeholders, organizations and weather and climate researchers from PMD attended the inaugural session. The training workshop is meant to develop capacity of weather forecasters of the National Meteorological & Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of South Asian region countries

Mr. Muhammad Riaz, Director General, PMD, in his welcome address emphasized on the need of such workshops and trainings to enhance capacity of weather forecasters through utilization of the available NWP products and satellite information in severe weather forecasting and warning services, as well as to improve coordination of NMHSs with targeted users including general public, media, and disaster managers for better delivery of warning services for improved DRR activities. Mr. Atta Hussain, WMO Representative in his address highlighted the importance of impact-based weather forecasting and warning services and role of WMO to facilitate such knowledge-sharing workshops. WMO Consultants will share best practices in forecasting the severe weather and warning services.