DOST creates new weather website
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has created a new website that holds a wider array of weather data from different parts of the country to aid in disaster mitigation.
The site named PREDICT which stands for Philippine Real-Time Environment Data Acquisition and Interpretation for Climate-Related Tragedy Prevention and Mitigation displays current sets of weather data from the country’s 17 regions.
Through the web address http://188.8.131.52/predict/stations.php/ , various parameters including wind direction, wind speed, temperature, air humidity, air pressure, rain amount and rain duration could be viewed in the site.
“PREDICT is a nationwide system that is meant to complement the existing observation capability of PAGASA,” said the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute in a statement.
For Central Luzon, weather data could be viewed for Balanga City and Mariveles, Bataan; Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija; Dingalan and Dinalungan in Aurora; Iba, Zambales; and Magalang, Pampanga.
Automated weather stations (AWS) were installed in the said areas that automatically transmit information to a central server that posts the data in the website which is updated every 15 minutes.
Upon entering the site, the user could choose what available location he wants to know the weather of, then pick whether he wants to view the location’s weather station, rain gauge or water level.
Under the weather station type, the user will see the location’s wind direction, wind speed, temperature, air humidity, air pressure, rain amount, and rain duration. He could also choose whether he wants the data assorted for every 15 minutes, by hour or by day.
Science research specialist Catalina Cruz of DOST-Bataan said the information registered by AWS will serve as basis of local disaster risk reduction and management councils on predicting flood and other ecological hazards.
“Bataan will benefit from this project because it is always abraded by typhoons coming from Southern Luzon,” said Cruz.
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