The message of greetings reads, in part:
“The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring [RosHydroMet] has become a major scientific research centre, known for its famous history and expertise. The selfless work of its outstanding researchers has helped create a network of weather stations across the entire country and ensure the systematic observation of natural phenomena.
Today the effectiveness of RosHydroMet is of major importance for the defence of the nation, the smooth operation of its major industries and the life of its cities and regions. RosHydroMet plays a significant role in disaster prevention and environmental conditions monitoring. An important part of your professional activities involves large-scale studies in the Arctic and Antarctic and research on the earth's ozone layer. To accomplish these tasks, it is necessary to update the equipment and technical base of the Hydrometeorology Service by supplying it with modern telecommunications and high-performance computing systems.
I am sure that the experience and knowledge that you have acquired will continue to provide timely and accurate weather information and make a significant contribution to our fundamental knowledge about the natural environment of the planet.”
In April 1834 by order of Nicholas I the Corps of Mining Engineers established the Normal Observatory in St Petersburg and several of its branches. Ever since Russia’s meteorological network has conducted regular meteorological and magnetic observations under common guidelines.
Now, the Russian weather service monitors changing weather patterns throughout the world, and in particular provides more than 64,000 forecasts annually to ensure the safety of navigation.