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Project boost

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, August 29, 2013

FORECASTERS at the Nadi weather office have benefitted greatly from a three-year project co-ordinated by the World Meteorological Organisation designed to assist them in issuing forecasts on non-tropical cyclone severe weather systems.

Fiji Meteorological Service director Alipate Waqaicelua said the Severe Weather Forecasting and Disaster Risk Reduction Demonstration Project had been a great help for the national weather office since its implementation three years ago.

"It has helped Fiji immensely," said Mr Waqaicelua.

"We are the tropical cyclone warning centre in the South Pacific and it has helped Fiji in the sense that it provides all of the necessary information that we need for forecasting.

"It has helped the forecaster on the bench to decide decisively when he will issue that forecast warning in a timely manner."

The project piloted in Fiji and three other countries in the region was designed to provide the necessary information that forecasters needed during severe weather systems.

"This project is a severe weather forecasting demonstration project for the South Pacific and it is co-ordinated by the World Meteorological Organisation.

"It is another platform to provide information on severe weather to countries to facilitate their own national forecasting warning system.

"It is especially built for the South Pacific for them to use the information available and primarily focuses on non-cyclone related severe weather systems, particularly heavy rains, heavy swell and gale winds."

The weather office also provides weather forecasts for Kiribati, Tuvalu, Tokelau, Cook Islands and Niue.