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Auto weather station at Portmore school

Published:Saturday | February 20, 2016 | 2:00 AM

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica (Met Service) has installed an automatic weather station at the Greater Portmore Primary School in St Catherine.

The weather station was placed at the school last December after the institution won the 2015 Weather and Climate Change Schools' Quiz Competition put on by the Met Service.

The facility, which is operated at World Meteorological Organization standard, measures atmospheric conditions to provide information for weather forecasts and to study the weather and climate. The measurements taken include temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, and precipitation amounts.

The automatic station at the school replaces an old manual-gauge system and allows for measurements from remote areas.

Acting director of the Met Service Jacqueline Spence said that the setting up of the station was beneficial to the Met Service.

"We are now able to monitor rainfall activity, temperature, and so on. Now, you have a station that the information can be downloaded (automatically) or set up to receive it in real time," she said.