What it's about:
Weather forecasting in Jamaica is due to get a boost with 35 new automatic weather stations to be added to the Meteorological Service's network across the island by the end of 2018.
The weather stations, which will transmit real-time data, have been acquired as part of the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project (ICDIMP) funded by the Climate Investment Funds.
To date, automatic weather stations have been installed at six sites across the island.
The new stations will allow faster access to weather data, which will enable more credible forecasts, guide the flash flood warning process, and advance efforts to provide more accurate and detailed climate information to the public.
Why it's noteworthy:
Jamaica has a large coastal area that is vulnerable to floods and storms. Strengthening weather prediction capabilities will allow the island nation to better anticipate and prepare for extreme weather.
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