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 forecast and warning services for improved decision-making, i.e. to deliver potential effects of forecast weather on users and stakeholders. SWFP contributes to several WMO long-term goals & strategic objectives.  

SWFP regional sub-programmes



SWFP belongs to the Commission for Weather, Climate, Water and Related Environmental Services and Applications (Services Commission or SERCOM) at WMO, and is overseen by the SERCOM Standing Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Public Services (SC-DRR) with assistance by an Advisory Group on Severe Weather Forecasting (AG-SWF) under SC-DRR.

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