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Jun 2, 2017

How’s the Weather? Check the Met’s New Website

Catherine Cumberbatch

At Wednesday’s announcement of the hurricane season, the Met Service also launched their newly redesigned website. The user-friendly website has new features such as the real time display of data from seventeen automatic weather stations. Here’s what you can expect from the website.

 

Catherine Cumberbatch, Chief Met

“This website will not only give us a new look, but there are two key important factors that will be in this system here. The system will make it easier for the staff to update the content of the new site and the most important thing; this new website will be able to display real time data from seventeen of the automatic weather stations. As you can see from our map over there, seventeen of our automatic weather stations; you will be able to get parameters such as wind direction, wind speed, gusts, temperature, rain  fall in real time data; every hour on the hour you can click on one of those and pick up that information.”

 

Dwayne Scott

Dwayne Scott, Electronic Technician, Belize Met Service

“As you see on the front page there is a map showing Belize and the seventeen automatic weather stations we have indicated by those little black dots. So, if you click on any of the dots you will get the live data; this data is updated every half an hour and well three stations are updated every hour – the satellite stations and the rest are sent to us via a data modem a 3g/4g data modem. So, for example if you want to see the weather conditions in San Pedro you click on the dot and you will see the name of the station, the date, the temperature, max- min, the rain fall for the day, the wind, the gusts, pressure and solar radiation; all the parameters that each of these weather stations are measuring are now available for the public to see in real time. So, if the stations go down, I guess this is a disadvantage of it – you will know as well. So, but I think we are doing a pretty good job of keeping them up. On the bottom right hand corner of the display you will see another little button that says more data and it will give you a display of the same parameters at San Pedro. There is a station info tab and there is a display of images of the actual weather stations which you can click on and see how it looks. And of course you can change it, we have the seventeen right there – Baldy Beacon, Belmopan, Benque, all the rest that are available for the public to see.”

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