Facility to store historical weather data

Newly-appointed Meteorology director Misaeli Funaki shows Meteorological Services Minister Jone Usamate around the $896,000 archive facility in Newtown, Nadi, on Friday, February 22, 2019. Picture FELIX CHAUDHARY

THE Fiji Meteorological Service has a new facility to store historical data of weather reports and information from Fiji and across the South Pacific.

While opening the new $896,000 Meteorological Archives Building in Nadi yesterday, Minister for Meteorological Services Jone Usamate said FMS had a huge archive of weather data dating back to the early 1900s and as far back as the 1880s.

“This long span of historical weather records is important in making accurate climatological predictions,” he said.

“Meteorological data are exceptionally important for weather forecasting.

“These data are important in analysing changes in long-term weather patterns, changes in surface and sea temperatures and changes in rainfall pattern.

“Analysing these changes is important in developing risk reduction and adaptation plans to address the ongoing changes brought by climate change.”

He said Government’s investment of $896,000 showed its commitment towards better record keeping and management.

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