In focus

  • 24 November 2022

    2022 marks 30 years since ensemble forecasting became operational at ECMWF. Here we look back over the last three decades and forward to future developments.


  • 18 October 2022

    Find out why ECMWF needs a supercomputer, what we use it for, and how developments in supercomputing can help to provide more skilful weather forecasts.

  • 12 August 2022

    Another heatwave is currently affecting most of Europe with various and very high intensity levels. This follows heatwave conditions across Europe earlier this summer, which have now contributed to large parts of Europe also experiencing severe drought conditions.

  • 18 July 2022

    A heatwave is currently hitting much of Europe with different but very high intensity levels. National meteorological services of each of the affected countries are responsible for the dissemination of information and warnings.

  • 19 May 2022

    Find out when ECMWF staff are speaking at the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), being held 23–27 May 2022 both in Vienna (Austria) and online.

  • 7 April 2022

    Our global numerical model has evolved from atmosphere only to encompass the Earth system as a whole. This Earth system approach underpins all our forecasts and it has opened up the development of a range of environmental services.

  • 28 January 2022

    ECMWF’s new data centre in Italy is close to becoming fully operational. The process has involved the migration of huge amounts of data and systems, which has been conducted with minimal disruption to our service to users. The final stages will involve the physical move of some of our equipment and we are expecting a certain level of disruption to some of our activities.

  • 21 January 2022

    An overview of ECMWF presentations at the 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), taking place virtually from 22 to 27 January 2022 under the theme 'Environmental Security: weather, water and climate for a more secure world'.

  • 25 June 2021

    Updated in May 2021, ECMWF’s extratropical cyclone database products provide forecasters with familiar synoptic-style charts. They show fronts and low-pressure (cyclonic) weather systems that can be associated with hazardous conditions such as strong winds, snow and rain.

  • 8 March 2021

    ECMWF’s Earth system model aims to represent interactions between as many Earth system components as required, at the necessary level of complexity and as initialised by data assimilation, to achieve the Centre’s forecasting goals.

  • 19 January 2021

    The ECMWF Support Portal provides a single point of entry for users to request support and find documentation.

  • 16 November 2020

    Marine weather forecasts can help to save lives and limit the damage caused by severe storms. This fact sheet explains how ocean waves are forecast at ECMWF, how observations are used and what forecast products are provided.

  • 9 November 2020

    Reanalysis data provide the most complete picture currently possible of past weather and climate. This fact sheet explains what reanalysis is and what it is used for.

  • 6 July 2020

    Satellite observations make a crucial contribution to the quality of today’s weather forecasts. This fact sheet explains the types of satellite observations available and how ECMWF uses such data in its operational forecasting system and in research activities.

  • 7 April 2020

    As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve, ECMWF staff, whether in Italy or in the United Kingdom, are now working remotely. The operation and delivery of our mission-critical activities are not affected. Staff will continue to be available via email. For updates on our events, please check the relevant pages on this website.

  • 16 March 2020

    The quality of weather forecasts crucially depends on our ability to accurately estimate the current state of the Earth system. This Q&A explains how Earth system data assimilation enables us to make such estimates.

  • 6 March 2020

    To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, ECMWF asked a selection of experts and leaders in the world of meteorology to tell us their story.

  • 2 December 2019

    ECMWF is contributing to the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA (9 to 13 December 2019) with presentations, exhibitions and posters. Find out where you can meet us during the AGU week.

  • 8 November 2019

    Released in November 2019, the world’s first publicly available near-real-time river discharge and fire danger reanalyses provide data back to 1980.