CPC and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau
on dataset development, climate information exchange, evaluations of climate models and development of climate predication methods.
China's weather bureau
forecast a summer of powerful typhoons, saying a warm Pacific current would create bigger storms.
The weather bureau
upgraded the storm to a category five - the strongest category possible - and thousands of residents were evacuated ahead of the cyclone's arrival.
The Central Weather Bureau
said prospects for rainfall look more promising from mid-May, but it is still difficult to predict whether it will suffice to end the drought.
Early Monday, the Central Weather Bureau
downgraded Nari to a light typhoon, but warned the record rainfall could aggravate already heavy flooding and increase the risk of mudslides.
Environmental Affairs Minister Valli Moosa says the transformation process "is an exciting opportunity linked to government's attempt to restructure the Weather Bureau
into an efficient, effective and relevant machinery.
The loss of a PanAmerican aircraft in 1938 due to weather on a trans-Pacific flight prompted the Coast Guard and the Weather Bureau
to begin tests of upper air observations using instrumented balloons.
Summary: National weather bureau
says 70-75% chance of rain
The country's weather bureau
has issued an orange alert, forecasting the deep depression over the Bay of Bengal may lead to heavy rainfall, strong winds and flash floods in Sagaing, Mandalay, Magway, Yangon, Ayeyawady and Bago Regions as well as Shan, Chin, Rakhine, Kayin and Mon States.
0143 GMT) Monday, the Taipei-based Central News Agency reported, citing the Central Weather Bureau
The Australian weather bureau
said the tropical Pacific Ocean is on track to borderline El Nino with rainfall patterns around the ocean's basin exhibiting the phenomenon's conditions.
Matmo, packing gusts of up to 173 kilometres (107 miles) per hour, slammed into the east overnight, becoming the first tropical storm to make landfall on the island this year, the Central Weather Bureau