Every year 23 March on the initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is held under the auspices of the UN World Meteorological Day (World Meteorological Day). In the event involved 189 countries — participants of the WMO.
March 23, 1950 came into force, the Convention of the World Meteorological Organization (World Meteorological Organization), which proclaimed the establishment of the Organization. The motto of the festival were the words: "Weather, climate and water information age».
Statistical data accumulated over the last decade, eloquently show that more than 80% of all natural disasters are of meteorological or hydrological origin.
In the 50 years of the 20th century, the loss of all the cases in the world of natural disasters were estimated amount of approximately four billion dollars a year, and in 90 years — in the forty billion dollars a year.
Such was the weather station at the Ritz in 1936 goduV Russian official "start "hydrological monitoring system has been given more than 170 years ago by the decree of Emperor Nicholas.
March 23 is celebrated Day of the Russian Hydrometeorological Service.
The main purpose of Hydromet — reducing the threat of loss of life and economy of weather and climate events, ensuring a high level of hydrometeorological safety Russia.
The analysis of data on prevention shows that forecasts of Russian meteorologists can reduce potential economic losses by an average of 40%.