Weather-sensitive industries such as aviation, energy and utilities are set to benefit from a new severe weather monitoring and alerting network installed in the Philippines.
Weather information services provider Earth Networks has completed the installation of the first nationwide severe weather monitoring system for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA will own and operate the system with the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services agency of the Republic of the Philippines.
The system is powered by a network of total lightning sensors and real-time automatic weather stations for mesoscale monitoring.
The system is expected to enhance monitoring of approaching severe weather conditions and weather predictions to enable faster early warning.
This will allow people to be moved from regions of severe weather to safety and for instance utility companies in the region to prepare for outages and service restoration crews.
The installation and development of the system was started in 2017 and is expected to continue over the next ten years, in partnership with West Point Engineering.
Data acquired from the system will be made available to the public and private industries.
“Our partnership with Earth Networks is an exciting next step in our commitment to bring the best, most technologically advanced weather information systems to the Philippines.” said the PAGASA Administrator. “We can already see the benefits in improvements to our near-term forecasts, nowcasting and severe weather warning capabilities and look forward to further enhancements as a result of our cooperation.”