Statement from National Weather Service
Director Jack Hayes
World Meteorological Day
March 23, 2012
Weather neither knows of nor adheres to geographic boundaries. Weather connects us all as we share this planet together, and we are all susceptible to its elements. Thus, by collectively monitoring the Earth and by making better forecasts of its changing weather we empower an engaged and collaborative global community to take the necessary steps to protect life and property and support sound economic decisions.
Across the globe, weather, water and climate services are the foundation for personal day-to-day decisions ranging from what we choose to wear to long-term societal and business decisions that affect infrastructure and industries. Essentially, every day is World Meteorological Day.
The World Meteorological Organization plays a vital role by facilitating cooperation between countries to collect and share weather data internationally, providing a global reach to data and information collected locally or regionally.
As a member of the WMO, the United States is integral in developing global policies, plans and programs that enhance our ability to provide accurate and timely forecasts, warnings and other services to our citizens, and to collaborate with the meteorological agencies of WMO member countries.
Global cooperation for weather, water and climate services is a continuing, evolving, growing and necessary interaction that has supported tremendous improvements in forecast accuracy over recent decades and has supported the shared goal of our global community for personal, societal and economic wellbeing.
-Jack Hayes, Ph.D.
Director, National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration