GUIUAN, Eastern Samar, March 17, 2017—After being damaged by typhoon Yolanda, the PAGASA Weather station in Guiuan is again fully operational.
According to Marianito Macasa, Oficer in Charge of the station, about 90% of the structure and equipment were destroyed by the typhoon.
PAGASA Guiuan has state of the art equipment for weather observation, and is one of a few complex weather stations in the country today.
The station has upgraded its conventional radar to a Doppler radar system donated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under the “Project for the Improvement of Meteorological Radar Systems in the Philippines”, Macasa disclosed.
The project was completed in July 2013, but after only four months, the station was wiped out by the super typhoon.
Funded by JICA, Rehabilitation started in April 2015, and finished in December 2015.
Macasa told ESTE News that the Japanese government poured in millions of dollars for new equipment and for building repairs.
Steel screens were installed over windows, and the radar dome was also reinforced and can now withstand 350 kph winds.
The new system has considerably improved the observational capability of PAGASA for monitoring weather related disturbances such as typhoons and floods.
Doppler radars provide rainfall and wind velocity data and it has improved the accuracy of forecasts.
Macasa said that their system has a 90% forecast accuracy.
Aside from tracking typhoons, they can now give rainfall analysis and warning in specific areas, especially in the Visayas region.
Timely warnings help minimize damage to lives and properties during calamities. (Eden Cidro/Este News)