Severe Weather Forecasting programme (SWFP)
The WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Programme (SWFP) aims to strengthen capacity of the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in developing countries including least developed countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing Countries (SIDS) to deliver improved forecasts and warnings of severe weather to save lives and livelihoods, and protect property and infrastructure. SWFP currently involves over 80 developing countries in nine sub-regions of the world including Southern Africa, Eastern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, South-East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Caribbean and South Pacific, with contributions from the WMO Global Data-processing and Forecasting System (GDPFS) and support from development partners and donors.
SWFP makes efficient use of the “Cascading Forecasting Process” (from global to regional to national level) with contributions from the GDPFS centres. Since 2016, SWFP in collaboration with Public Weather Services Programme (PWS), has also been focusing on developing capacity of the participating countries on impact-based forecasts and warning services for improved decision-making, i.e. to deliver potential effects of forecast weather on users and stakeholders. SWFP was initially started as a 'demonstration' project (namely Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP)) in 2006. The Eighteenth World Meteorological Congress (Cg-18, June 2019) through its Resolution 15 (Cg-18) decided, among others, to remove the 'demonstration' designation of SWFDP to refer it as Severe Weather Forecasting Programme (SWFP) in consideration of the fact that Project has demonstrated the capability of the cascading forecasting process. For information about 'cascading forecasting process' and WMO long-term goals & strategic objectives to which SWFP contributes, please click here.