The current El Niño episode has been evolving since June 2015 and is now fully developed. The Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) in collaboration with the majority of international and regional climate centers predict that the 2015-16 El Niño is likely to strengthen further before the end of the year and is likely to persist to early 2016.
Based on this predisction, UNMA as part of its obligations, continues to advise several sectors on how to manage the impacts of El Niño.
The advisories to specific sectors are presented in: http://unma.go.ug/index.php/alerts/disaster-warnings
Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has warned the public about the illegal issuance of weather forecasts without authorisation from the Authority.
The Public and all other institutions that utilise and disseminate weather information should therefore be guided by UNMA Act 2012: Section 33.
Uganda National Meteorological Authority recently conducted an induction course for all newly recruited staff and those from the Ministry of Water and Environment, Department of Metereology. The Induction took place at Jinja Hotel and Tourism Training Institute. The staff were obliged to swear an Oath of Secrecy at this Induction.
Among the activities, were insighting presentations from a number of speakers including:
UNMA Managers swear an Oath of Secrecy during the recently concluded general Induction course held at Jinja in the presence of the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Dr. Robert Rutaagi.
WMO has released Series 4 of the Future Weather Videos in advance of the December 2015 United Nations climate change conference in Paris (COP-21).
These videos highlight the need for action to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen our climate resilience. To find out what could lie in store, the WMO invited television weather presenters from around the world to imagine a “weather report from the year 2050.” What they created are only possible scenarios, of course, and not true forecasts. Nevertheless, they are based on the most up-to-date climate science, and they paint a compelling picture of what life could be like on a warmer planet.
On 5th Novemebr 2015, the WMO Weather Video 2050 for Uganda through the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) was premiered and posted at www.wmo.int/climatebroadcasts and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=134fTjafDs4&feature=youtu.be
The New Executive Director (ED) for UNMA Mr. Festus Luboyera substantively took over office on 5th November, 2015 after an official handover held at UNMA offices.
In the handover ceremony presided over by the Chairperson of the Board of Directors (BoD), Dr. Robert Rutaagi, the out gone Acting Executive Director and Director of Station Networks and Observations, Mr. Paul Isabirye welcomed the new ED and said that UNMA had been waiting and so has the public for the total transition from Department of Meteorology to UNMA, an issue that is now complete. He thanked the Ministry of Water and Environment (MoWE) that started this journey seven years ago (since 2008) especially the Permanent Secretary, Mr. David Obong, the Under Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Esimu Charles Okuraja, Mr. Jackson Rwakishaija, Mr. Wambedde John who were on the task team spearheading the formation of the Authority. He also thanked the Board for continued guidance and the entire staff for supporting him and the interim management team to come this far.
The New ED, Mr. Festus Luboyera said that there is need for team work, explaining what UNMA is and does to the public, stay as a family and share with each other as staff. He said in so doing, staff will nurture each other and avoid conflicts. He said that his main task is to guide the staff and the Authority, to do what they are entailed to do, and make UNMA one of the best Authorities in Uganda. He called for values of ethics, respect and integrity and also elimination of huge formalities in order to move fast as a team that is efficient and effective.
The Chairperson to the BoD, thanked the Ministry for both the managerial and political guidance, and said that the BoD had laid a foundation for the staff and UNMA to efficiently manage meteorological services in Uganda. He asked the ED and management to seriously look into mobilization of resources and tackle the challenges accruing from inadequate funding. He also called for vigorous networking to market and sell UNMA, saying that the workers are charged with making it a viable organization. He appealed to stakeholders like the MoWE, Ministry of Finance and others not to let the young organization die but nurture and water it up to a level when it can stand and walk on its own.
The out gone Acting ED and Director for Station Networks and Observations, Mr. Paul Isabirye(right) shakes hands with the new ED Mr. Festus Luboyera after hand over and the Chairperson of Board, Dr. Robert Rutaagi (middle).
The New ED, Mr. Festus Luboyera displays the BoD Minutes handed over by Mr. Paul Isabirye as part of the working tools handed to him by Dr. Robert Rutaagi, the BoD Chairperson.