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WMO originated from the International Meteorological Organization (IMO), which was founded in 1873 to facilitate the exchange of weather information across national borders. World Meteorological Organization was created on 23 March 1950. WMO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) with 193 Member States and Territories. It is the UN system’s authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth’s atmosphere, its interaction with the land and oceans, the weather and climate it produces and the resulting distribution of water resources.

World Meteorological Day was established in 1961 to commemorate the foundation of World Meteorological Organization

Jagadish Shukla of India was awarded the 52nd International Meteorological Organization (IMO) Prize, UN’s top meteorological prize, at an event in Washington D.C. hosted by the United States’ National Academy of Sciences in 2007.

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