Friday, March 23, 2012

Singapore's first book on local weather launched

SINGAPORE: The Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) launched on Friday Singapore's first book on local weather and unveiled a new weather observation station as part of its World Meteorological Day celebrations.

The 228-page illustrated book is the first to focus specifically on the weather systems Singapore commonly experiences, such as thunderstorms, "Sumatra" squalls and monsoon surges.

Titled "The Weather and Climate of Singapore", the book was written with students, teachers and the general public in mind and explains the science of weather observations and prediction in an easy-to-understand manner.

MSS also unveiled the Upper Air Observatory, located along Kim Chuan Road.

The observatory is equipped with the latest technology to measure wind, temperature, humidity and air pressure up to heights of 30 kilometres or more using weather balloons.

The Upper Air Observatory will help MSS contribute reliable, high quality observations to the international meteorological community for forecasting and research purposes, MSS Director-General Wong Chin Ling said.

Minister for Environment and Water Resources Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, who was the observatory's opening, said, "Now it's not just about temperature and wind direction, and rain, but indeed multi-hazard monitoring and early warning systems for transboundary smoke haze, earthquakes, recently even tsunamis.

"With climate change and with extreme weather events occurring, the need for such services has never been greater."

The World Meteorological Day is celebrated by 189 member states worldwide. This year's theme highlights the growing roles of weather and climate in building a sustainable future.

- CNA/wm

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Source From Channel News Asia

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