US National Weather Service assists Haiti

US National Weather Service assists Haiti



15 January 2010

The Miami Office of the United States National Weather Service has created a weather support page to provide weather conditions and forecasts for Haiti and the surrounding Caribbean in the wake of the recent earthquake. According to the WMO Office for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, based in Costa Rica, meteorological operations in the Port-au-Prince International Airport by the national meteorological services are reported to be down. The airport is closed for commercial flights and the US Army is provisionally preparing the METAR and TAF messages for humanitarian flights. METAR and TAF are concise textual formats used for transmitting weather reports and forecasts for aviation purposes. This meteorological information is essential for flight safety.

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