Weather information Website launched
Guyana Chronicle
August 2, 2004

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GUYANESE can now access information on the climatic conditions of the country as well as in territories of the Caribbean following the recent launching of a new website

The project was launched by the Small Islands Developing States - Caribbean Project (SIDS), to which Guyana is a participant, the Government Information Agency (GINA) stated in a press release.

The Website is an Internet resource dedicated to informing and sensitising the public about the weather and climate and related issues in the Caribbean. It was designed by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) and the SIDS with contributions from the National Meteorological and Hydrological Services in the Region.

According to GINA, the Website deals with fundamentals, climate, weather, society and schools. The fundamentals section focuses on atmospheric conditions, solar radiation, wind, and cloud formation and the hydrological cycle.

The climate section describes the characteristics of the Caribbean climate and the climate change issues relevant to the Caribbean, while the weather section describes the phenomena typical of the Caribbean and explains weather observations and forecasting.

GINA added that the society section sets out weather and climate in relation to a wide range of issues in the Caribbean such as disaster preparedness, aviation, tourism, health and agriculture while the school section provides suggestions for weather and climate-related science classes and learning projects for the Caribbean.

GINA quoted CIHA in Barbados as saying that the Website is directed primarily to students and teachers from the secondary level upward. However, persons with a general interest in meteorology will also find it useful.