By Andrew B. Doga-ong
BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 31 (PIA)– Weather conditions and tracking real-time weather disturbances in this landlocked province can now be forecast more accurately with the installation of modern weather instruments in strategic areas in the province.
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Provincial Director Norberto Cobaldez said four units of Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) were installed in the municipalities of Bauko, Bontoc, Besao and Paracelis while one unit Automatic Weather Station (AWS) was set up at Sitio Keffha, Samoki, Bontoc.
Financed by the Philippine Council of Industry, Energy, Research and Development, the locally-developed weather equipment were installed with the joint effort of the DOST, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, in coordination with the provincial and the host municipal local government units and the various local disaster risk reduction and management offices in the province.
Cobaldez explained that the ARG records the rain intensity and the amount of rainfall over a period of time while the AWS also measures rain intensity, volume of rainfall, temperature, humidity and wind speed, direction and velocity.
Real-time data gathered by the two weather instruments are automatically transmitted to a central base station which will also send the data via short message service (SMS) to a server that is readily available to the public.
The data or information recorded by these instruments could serve as basis for the local government units to plan their disaster preparedness and mitigation measures or guide of the local chief executives in coming up with vital decisions or announcement such as suspension of classes or works and evacuation in case of heavy rains, says Cobaldez.
The setting up of these weather instruments particularly in disaster –prone provinces have enabled DOST and PAGASA to provide a comprehensive warning system.
With the installed weather instrument within the province, the DOST Director encourages the public to access Project NOAH or log on at www.noah.dost.gov.ph or fmon.asti.dost.gov.ph websites to know the weather conditions or track weather disturbances that may hit the province. (JDP/ABD-PIA CAR,Mountain Province)