Improving dissemination of weather forecasts and warnings through radio and television

Donors:
  • Norway
Project Partners:
  • UK Met Office
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Main Project: Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) – Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa

The WMO Public Weather Services (PWS) programme has implemented projects for many years that have assisted National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) in delivering high quality services to the public through radio and television. Through these projects, TV studios were constructed in NMHS premises or existing NMHS studios were refurbished: equipment was bought and installed, and staff were trained to operate the material as well as record TV and radio weather presentation bulletins. As a result, millions of people in the beneficiary countries now have access to weather information and life-saving warnings. From 2013 to 2016, WMO implemented such project in eight countries in close association with the Met Office, United Kingdom.

Ghana, 2016

Following the failure of its TV studio, Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet) had to outsource TV weather presentations to a contractor, but aimed to resolve the situation as soon as possible. Using its own funds, GMet refurbished its studio and requested WMO to assist with equipping it. The Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project's PWS component provided funds and collaborated with the Met Office to buy equipment for GMet, to install that equipment and to train staff in TV weather production and presentation. The Project is completion date is August 2016. 

Improving dissemination of weather forecasts and warnings through radio and television / WMOMalawi, 2016

The Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (DCCMS), Malawi, has been preparing weather presentation programs for TV in corroboration with Malawi Broadcasting station since 1999. However, DCCMS started to face challenges that threatening the continuation of their weather presentations. Therefore, the Permanent Representative of Malawi requested WMO assistance in finding solutions to the problems, which included the incompatibility of their equipment with the national TV; inadequate studio lights, the lack of software with animation features, the need to transmit video by Internet and for materials such as computers, TV monitors, Data Video Recorders and Audio-Video mixers.

WMO provided £ 16,720.00 to buy the equipment and collaborated with the Met Office to procure the equipment and for staff training. The project concluded in May 2016.

Participants and trainers at the workshopTanzania, 2016

In May 2015, a group of TV journalists were trained in the Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) to conduct weather presentations. The journalists were introduced to the science of meteorology, to the related terminology and to how forecasts and warnings should be communicated in order to be effective. The journalists were equipped with the necessary skills to present weather on television.

Participants and trainers at the Weather Presenter workshop for West Africa, Dakar, Senegal, 2015TV Weather Presenter Training for French speaking countries of West Africa Dakar, Senegal, 913 November 2015

This training was designed for weather presenters at the beginning of their careers or with no formal training as presenters. It was conducted by Patrick de Bellfeuille of Météo Média, Canada; Alphonsine Musanganire of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD); and Samuel Muchemi (WMO). The 14 participating countries were Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Republic of Congo, Senegal and Togo. 

TV Weather Presenter Training Workshop for Eastern and Southern Africa Nairobi, Kenya, 2428 November 2014

This training was designed for weather presenters at the beginning of their careers or with no formal training as presenters. The workshop was conducted by Paul Monare Tsietse of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Samuel Muchemi (WMO). The participating countries were Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and  Zimbabwe.

A trainee at the weather presenter workshop who is also a staff member of RMA

Provision of studio equipment and training, Rwanda

For this project, WMO provided funds to the Meteorological Service of Rwanda for the purchase of a high speed processing computer, side TV screen monitors and other peripherals in order to ensure uninterrupted service delivery to the national broadcaster, the Rwanda broadcasting Agency (RBA). In addition, a training workshop for TV weather presenters was organized in Kigali from 29 September to 3 October 2014, conducted by Paul Monare Tsietse of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Alphonsine Musanganire of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and Samuel Muchemi (WMO).

 

The inside of the studio constructed in the Meteological service of Burundi (IGEBU)Construction of TV studio, provision of studio equipment and training, Burundi

WMO provided funding for construction, equipment and training for weather presenters – staff of the meteorological service and journalists from the national broadcaster. The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) sent an expert to carry-out the scoping of the project in Burundi and the Met Office (UK) procured and installed the equipment. The training (22–26 September 2014) was conducted by Patrick de Bellfeuille of Météo Média, Canada, Alphonsine Musanganire of the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) and Samuel Muchemi (WMO).

This was a first time for the Burundi Meteorological Service (IGEBU), which had never provided TV weather presentations before. Following their first broadcast, the Permanent Representative of Burundi with WMO, Mr Alloys Rurantije,  sent the following message: “I would like to inform you that the Burundi Met TV weather presentation was launched yesterday, 30.12.2015. Now The Burundi population will get daily weather prediction each day after the national news bulletin, and this is very much appreciated by Burundi authorities and population. Many thanks for WMO support.”

Rehabilitation of the TV Weather Studio, equipping and  training project, Uganda (2014)

This project conducted at the Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA):

  • renovated and re-equipped its TV studio;
  • improved its Internet connectivity and that of the national broadcaster;
  • trained 10 of its weather presenters and 5 of its graphics operators on TV and radio weather presentation in a workshop conducted by Francis Nguatah (Kenya Meteorological Department) and Samuel Muchemi (WMO); and
  • re-launched TV weather presentation services, which had been discontinued for several years, in 3 languages.

Folowing the project, one of the newly trained weather presenters received a European Meteorological Society (EMS) Honorable Mention for excellent TV Weather Broadcasts in 2015.

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Inside the TV weather presentation studio at the Meteorological Service of Madagascar (DGM)Improvement of Website and Internet and TV Weather Presenter Training, Madagascar: (23-27 September 2013)

TV weather presentations had been discontinued for several years when the Meteorological Service of Madagascar requested training from WMO to sharpen the skills of its presenters. Over ten presenters participated in the workshop conducted by Patrick de Bellfeuille of Météo Média, Canada, and Samuel Muchemi (WMO). After the training, the national broadcast of weather presentations resumed. Under the same arrangement, Internet connectivity was upgraded and a new website was developed for the Meteorological Service, enabling communication via multiple. 

 

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