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Location of Fiji in the Pacific Ocean

The Fiji Meteorological Service is a Department of the government of Fiji responsible for providing weather forecasting and is based in Nadi. Since 1995, the FMS has been responsible for the forecasting of tropical cyclones for much of the south Pacific Ocean. All their meteorologists have degrees from accredited universities. Modern weather predictions aid in timely evacuations and potentially save lives and property damage Weather map of Europe, 10 December 1887 Weather forecasting is the application of current technology and science to predict the state of the atmosphere for a future time and a given location. ... Sri Siva Subramaniya temple, a centre of worship for Fijis Hindu community and one of Nadis most visible landmarks. ... Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ...

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History

In the 1910s, weather services for Fiji were considered part of the responsibility of the Harbour Board in Suva. [1]


Tropical cyclone forecasting

Since June 1995, the central weather office of Fiji, Nadi, has been the sixth of six Regional Specialized Meteorological Centers within the World Weather Watch program of the World Meteorological Organization. Its specialty is forecasting tropical cyclones south of the equator to the 25th parallel south, and between the 160th meridian east and 120th meridian west longitude. The office issues two tropical disturbance summaries per day, at 1100 UTC and 2300 UTC, describing tropical disturbances in their region. Marine warnings (gale, storm, and hurricane) are issued four times per day, at 0115, 0715, 1315, and 1915 UTC when needed. Tropical disturbance advisories are also issued four times per day, and include tropical cyclone positions and forecasts. Fiji helps out nearby island groups such as Samoa and Vanuatu by issuing special advisories to those landmasses. [2] Daily forecasts are issued two to four times per day for the island groups of the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Wallis and Futuna. Look up June in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is an intergovernmental organization with a membership of 187 Member States and Territories. ... Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ... The equator is an imaginary circle drawn around a planet (or other astronomical object) at a distance halfway between the poles. ... Longitude, sometimes denoted by the Greek letter λ, describes the location of a place on Earth east or west of a north-south line called the Prime Meridian. ... Cyclone Catarina, a rare South Atlantic tropical cyclone viewed from the International Space Station on March 26, 2004. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.mca.gov.to/Met/index_files/history_tms.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.met.gov.fj/about_RSMC.htm

External links

  • Fiji Meteorological Service
  • Information about Fiji

 
 

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