Friday, April 30, 2010

Weather radar tower in Labasa

from w
We have followed this story with interest over several months after it was decided that a site near the airport was unsuitable because of air traffic. The new site is on one of the hills above Nukutatava so we are happy that such a useful project will be going ahead.
from today's Fiji Times
New radar
Friday, April 30, 2010
The Fiji Meteorological Service has bought new radar to be located at Vatu-damu Hill in Macuata to assist in early detection of tropical cyclones affecting Fiji from the north. Meteorology's acting dir-ector Dr Sushil Sharma confirmed the new DWSR-8500S worth $2.5 million will be installed in the district of Wailevu, which is 12 kilometres west of Labasa Town. The radar will be a 480 kilometre long range wea-ther surveillance system.

"This means it can cover a total diameter of 960km from the observation point in all directions, for example east to west or north to south from the radar position.
"It will be able to see weather systems as far nor-th as Wallis and Futuna, and even Rotuma. This ra-dar will complement the Nadi and Nausori radar and will together provide alm-ost an entire Fiji region coverage," Dr Sharma said.

The radar is expected to withstand 200km per hour gusts to 300km per hour.

"Despite winds of 300 ki-lometres per hour over it in real time, it will continue to work during severe systems. The radar will also assist in the detection of severe squall lines similar to the one that passed over Fiji on late Sunday night and early Monday morning. The radar project is expected to be completed by October 2010.

2 comments:

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

from Fiji media 27 May.

State to complete radar station
5/27/2010

Government intends to complete the construction of the new radar station at Vatu-damu Hill in Labasa before the next cyclone season, says Ministry for Works, Transport and Public Utilities spokesperson, Sainiana Waqainabete.
Ms Waqainabete said the weather system project was significant because it would assist early detection of tropical cyclones affecting Fiji from the north.
Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Colonel Timoci Natuva was in Labasa to oversee the progress of the project.
The radar project is expected to be completed by October this year, before the next cyclone season.
The new DWSR-8500S worth $2.5 million will be installed in the district of Wailevu, outside Labasa town.
Ms Waqainabete said the construction of the radar station was intended to improve the standard of the Fiji Meteorological Services and Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre in Nadi.
“The construction for the new radar station is expected to complete before the new cyclone season starts in October this year.” The aim of this construction is to bring into place a system that is able to detect and monitor severe weather especially tropical cyclones threatening Fiji from the north,” Ms Waqainabete said.

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