As Antigua and Barbuda joins in the celebration of World Meteorological Day, the Acting Director of the MET Office, Dale Destin, says significant strides have been made over the years in storm prediction.
Speaking on State television, today, Destin says there are now better means to detect storms, using more advanced prediction models.
Over the years, storms have become more intense, and there are more named storms during the annual hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30. Therefore, preparation is very important in saving lives and property, and early-warning systems contribute to this.
Speaking to the tropical-cyclone forecast, Destin says that, not too long ago, meteorologists would issue a three-day forecast after a storm had formed to indicate where it would likely track.
However, advances have been made in the early detection of tropical cyclones, he says, and this will be further improved shortly.
Destins add that predictions with the “cone of uncertainty” will also improve.
He boasts that, even locally, significant improvements have been made in weather detection and at the MET Office.
The Acting Director says improvements in weather prediction will continue in the coming years with the advancement of more skilled weather models. He says, though, there is still some room for improvement.
World Meteorological Day is being celebrated under the theme “The Ocean, our Climate and Weather.” It is celebrated annually to commemorate the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization, which took place on March 23, 1950.