Click here for the Pacific Island Climate Outlook Forum Regional Statement for tropical cyclone activity in 2019-20.
Tropical cyclone activity is forecast to be near normal (9 cyclones per season) in the Southwest Pacific. As of 1 April 2020, seven tropical cyclones (Rita, Sarai, Tino, Uesi, Vicky, Wasi, Gretel) occurred.
The WMO RA-V Pacific Regional Climate Centre (RCC) Network is a virtual Centre of Excellence that assists National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in the Pacific Islands region to deliver better climate services and products and to strengthen their capacity to meet national climate information and service delivery needs.
Users of the information presented here are requested to contact their respective Pacific Island National Meteorological and Hydrological Service for country-specific climate information and guidance.
The RCC is support by the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) New Zealand, Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Meteo-France, University of Hawaii, and Pacific Community (SPC).
The RCC is a hub for up-to-date regional long-range climate forecasts, climate monitoring products, climate change projections, climate data services, and information on regional training activities.
The RCC consists of five nodes. Each node is led or co-led by a lead institution(s) together with a consortium of support members:
|Node on Long-Range Forecasting||NIWA & BoM||Meteo-France, NOAA, University of Hawaii, SPREP & SPC|
|Node on Climate Monitoring||NOAA & University of Hawaii||BoM, SPC, SPREP & NIWA|
|Node on Climate Change Projections||CSIRO||USGCRP, BoM & SPREP|
|Node of Operational Data Services||BoM||NOAA, University of Hawaii, SPC & NIWA|
|Training Function||SPREP||NOAA, University of PNG, BoM, NIWA, SPC & CSIRO|
Mr Simon McGree from the Australia Bureau of Meteorology and Miss Olivia Warrick from the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre are the RCC co-ordinators and also chair the Pacific Islands Climate Services (PICS) Panel, supported by SPREP and WMO Pacific Meteorological Desk Partnership (PMDP) based in Apia. The role of the chair is reviewed after 3 years and can be rotated among the Node lead institutions. The PMDP supports the RCC coordination efforts.
The RCC co-ordinator plus Mr Nihmei Salesa (SPREP), Mr Geoff Gooley (CSIRO), Mr David Jones (BoM), Mr John Marra (NOAA), Mr Jens Kruger (SPC) and Mr Sam Maiha (Vice-Chair PICS Panel, Papua New Guinea Weather Service) form the management committee for the RCC, chaired by the RCC co-ordinator. This group is responsible for the overall co-ordination of the RCC.
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