PAGASA Installs New Severe-Weather Warning System

It's designed to give us an early heads-up for severe weather conditions.

(SPOT.ph) The Philippines is a disaster-prone country and lapses in early risk management plans can have detrimental effects. Typhoon Yolanda and the wreckage it left behind in 2013 opened everyone's eyes to the need for better disaster risk reduction planning. It might be easier to plan from here on out thanks to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administraton's newest severe weather monitoring system.

Despite early warnings, Typhoon Yolanda's storm surges took the lives of many due to lack of risk reduction management.
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Designed to give early warnings and alerts for possible severe weather conditions, the system is powered by a network of lightning sensors and integrated weather monitoring stations. The technology is the first of its kind in the Philippines and was brought here through a partnership with global weather information provider Earth Networks

According to an Inquirer report, the monitoring system is designed to include real-time lightning detection, on-the-ground weather monitoring, a web-based alerting platform; severe weather data and visualization tools; and short-range point forecasts for emergency response planning. Earth Networks has also deployed an Outdoor Alerting System to provide wide-area public alerts, which is beneficial to those who don't have access to the Internet and other messaging services.

Earth Networks is known for its comprehensive lightning detector service, which has over 1,700 sensors across 100 countries around the world, enabling faster localized storm alerts.

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