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The Meteorological Services Department's vision is that world-class meteorological, climatologically and seismological products and services are timely, affordable, easily accessible and understood by all anytime and anywhere within and outside Zimbabwe.

As the National Designated Authority on meteorology, climate and seismology, we contribute to the protection of life and property and science-based informed socio-economic decision-making by providing customer and stakeholder-driven quality meteorological, climatological and seismological products and services.

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Temperatures in Degres Celcius (Min/Max)  

Scientists urge more frequent updates of 30-year climate baselines to keep pace with rapid climate change

Heidelberg, Germany, 9 July 2014 - The WMO Commission for Climatology has recommended that governments adopt a two-tier approach to updating the
30-year baselines that scientists and meteorological services use to monitor the weather and climate and make comparisons to past conditions. Because the climate varies naturally from year to year, climatologists use standard 30-year averages of temperatures, precipitation and other variables to put, for example, the magnitude of a current heatwave or rainstorm into historical context. These 30-year historical periods are called "climate normals" and can be calculated at the local, national or global levels.

Climate normals are presently updated once every 30 years, so that the current official climate normal period is still 1961-1990. However, rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases are changing the Earth's climate much faster than before. As a result, decision-makers in climate-sensitive industries may be basing important decisions on information that may be out of date. In response, many national weather services have started to use the more recent 30-year period of 1981-2010 to give people a more recent context for understanding weather and climate extremes and forecasts. These weather services also view the 1981-2010 baseline as more useful for other operational services, such as forecasts of peak energy load and recommendations on crop selection and planting times. One consequence of this is that different researchers and weather services are using different baselines, which results in inconsistent comparisons.


Mobile Weather

MSD  and Netone have made it easy to access local weather information. There is no need of smart phones to access it, any handset can do it. Just Dial *130*1# and follow the simple instructions that follow.


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