Automatic weather station installed at Okangwati

06 Mar 2016 11:40am
OKANGWATI, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – An automatic weather station has been installed at Okangwati village in the Kunene Region.
The weather station in the Epupa Constituency was unveiled on behalf of Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb by his deputy, James Sankwasa on Friday.
Sankwasa said the state-of-the-art equipment will feed the head office of the Namibia Meteorological Service in Windhoek with information on weather conditions every five minutes.
He said this station will help farmers, tourists and residents in the area to get vital information on weather conditions.
“It will help with proper planning as we will receive weather-related information in advance,” the deputy minister said.
The special advisor to the governor of the Kunene Region, Katuutire Kaura said Kunene residents’ struggle to cope with the prolonged drought spanning from 2012 is in part due to the limited access they had to reliable information on the weather.
Kaura appealed to the relevant authorities to install more automatic weather stations in other remote areas of the region to help improve early warning systems.
Vetuundja Kazapua of the Namibia National Farmers Union (NNFU) thanked the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) for the installation of the automatic weather station, saying it will assist Government and farmers alike.
The weather station is an automated version of the traditional weather station, which eliminates the human labour component and enables the recording of measurements from remote areas.