PIOJ installs automatic weather station at Mount Peto Primary

Observer West writer

Thursday, August 02, 2018

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MOUNT PETO, Hanover — The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) in collaboration with a number of stakeholders, including the Meteorological Service, recently installed an automatic weather station at the Mount Peto Primary School in Hanover.

Other partners in the project include the Water Resource Authority and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

The station comprises a rainfall gauge monitor, thermometer, barometer, solar radiation meter, and anemometer.

The facility will provide data on rainfall levels on the island, and will help to improve the country's preparedness for hurricanes.

The station at Mount Peto Primary is one of 35 such facilities being installed across the island.

“We are working closely with the Met Office and the Water Resource Authority in trying to improve some of the equipment that they have within the country to collect that data,” stated Lehome Johnson, project manager, Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project, at the PIOJ.

Plans are also being finalised to install a weather radar at the facility.

“We are in the process of procuring that piece of equipment for the Met Office and, in essence, it is one of the major items under which the project will succeed,” Johnson stressed.

Head of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica Evan Thompson, noted that Mount Peto was worthy of having the facility installed at the school, as it performed creditably in the Meteorological Service's weather and climate change quiz competition in 2016 and 2017.

“That made us make a decision that when we have this project, where we are going to put in some automatic weather station right across the country, we had to consider Mount Peto, so what was a dream a couple of years ago is now reality,” Thompson said.

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