Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015. Chrisbert Garcia Reporting: The National Meteorological Service of Belize issued a press release on Monday, June 1st to address the Belizean public on the start of the Hurricane season 2015.
It states that this season will see below average to average activity, meaning the chances of a hurricane affecting us is not very likely but the MET service wants to remind us that it only takes one system to create a disaster.
During the off season, the MET service has continued in its quest to be more prepared for any eventuality and has been performing “in-house” tests of the regional Weather Research and Forecast (WRF) model and plans to make the products available to the public soon.
This WRF model has been modified specifically for Belize to resolve and forecast weather systems within 9 to 10 mile distances as opposed to 18 to 20 miles presently received from the global models being used.
This development will greatly improve on the forecasting capabilities of the National Meteorological Service. In addition, the network of observation stations is being retrofitted with automatic weather stations capable of providing near real-time weather information to forecasters. Even with all these improvements and the low activity season, the MET service emphasizes that disasters can happen regardless, therefore the same level of preparation is required for this 2015 season as would be done if the forecasts called for an active season.
Proper planning and preparation are the keys to preserving life and property.
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