World Meteorological Day is celebrated every year on March 23 to mark the formation of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) which came into existence in 1950. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society. Each year it has a theme and this year’s theme is “The Sun, the Earth and the Weather”. It highlights the role of the Sun bringing energy to life on Earth, which drives the weather, ocean currents and hydrological cycle.

According to the website, The WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 192 Member States and Territories. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

Established by the ratification of the WMO Convention on March 23, 1950, WMO became the specialized agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences a year later.

On this day, a variety of programmes and activities are arranged. There are discussions that talk about the achievements of the World Weather Watch and evolutions in the next century. They also talk about the activities in the past, there are conferences, debates on related topics.

World Meteorological Organisation continues to facilitate free and unrestricted exchange of data and information, products and services in real- or near-real time on matters relating to safety and security of society, economic welfare and the protection of the environment.

In Bhopal, an exhibition will be organised to create awareness about the importance of the day among masses, especially in students.