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Fiji's Weather Office in Nadi will continue to modernise its equipment to enhance its forecasting capabilities.
Director Meteorological Services, Ravin Kumar says with evolving weather and climatic patterns, the Office has ensured it is well equipped with the latest technology.
The weather office currently has two radars in Labasa and Nausori.
“The radar in Nadi is undergoing an upgrade this month for which government had allocated $1.8 million. Rotuma is also earmarked to have a new radar soon,” Kumar said.
The Weather Office is also looking at enhancing its ocean monitoring capacity to ensure correct information is relayed to the public. Kumar says this is essentially crucial now as heavy swells are affecting the coastal areas frequently.
“The environmental conditions are still conducive to see that the tropical disturbances, develop into deep depressions and also tropical Cyclones in the next three to four weeks or outside the season,” Kumar said.
Director Meteorology further stated they followed the international standard practices to issue alerts for Tropical Cyclone Keni, which is 48 to 60 hours prior and warnings 24 hours before the system entered the Fiji group.
“This was to ensure that no lives or properties were damaged. There was mixed reaction from people where some found these warnings very early, some found it very useful in terms of planning and decision making,” the MET director said.
The Weather Office is expected to make further submissions for Government or donor funding to carry out its modernisation plans.
SOURCE: DEPTFO NEWS/PACNEWS
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