National Met Service Makes Notable Advancements Within Two Years
The National Meteorological Service has made significant advancements over the last two years. The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management issued a press release today, which explains that they have been able to enhance the National Met Service’s ability to accurately forecast and monitor extreme weather and climatic events. This comes in part due to one of GOB’s major investments in the repair of the Doppler Radar, which comes with a price tag of $215,000. It is used to track land-falling tropical cyclones as well as provide real-time updates to the Civil Aviation Department and the Airports on the safe landing of flights to Belize. Another major investment is the replacement of an ageing forecasting workstation at a cost of over $10,000. GOB’s most recent investment is Cabinet’s approval to provide supplemental funding to replace the backup power generator that has been in operation since the 1980s. This investment costs almost $70,000. The Government of Belize commits to continue supporting the National Meteorological Service as it continues to fulfil its mission of being the government authority on weather and climate services.