Haiti: As Hurricane season nears, restoring meteorological services urgent

Haiti: As Hurricane season nears, restoring meteorological services urgent



14 April 2010

The rainy season has started in Haiti. The official Hurricane season runs from 1 June to 30 November in the Atlantic, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico. On average, the peak of the season is from mid-August to late October with the maximum in early September and the annual number of named storms is 10.6. Haiti is more likely to be affected by Hurricanes in August and September in the average hurricane season.

Weather forecasts and early warnings are essential for preventing further disasters and for emergency contingency planning and recovery. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is working with Haiti and countries in the region to ensure the availability of meteorological and hydrological information during the rainy and hurricane seasons, and to support the longer-term development of the National Meteorological Service.

The restoration of a bare-minimum level of operational meteorological services within the next four to twelve months is a key objective in the UN Revised Flash Appeal and various bilateral supports. The estimated cost amounts to US$ one million. It includes basic capacities such as a secure operational office space (the building was significantly damaged during the earthquake), computers and printer, communication and dissemination systems, restoration of few automated weather stations, back up generators, and access to forecasting guidance and hands-on training of the forecasters and observing staff.  

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