Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kenya like many other Member countries of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has invested a lot of financial and human resources into the scientific research aimed at the understanding and forecasting of weather. Every day massive amounts of data are collected and stored at National Meteorological Centres the world over. However the general public for whose benefit the weather services are offered have, for a long time remained unaware of the services. This is specially true in developing countries. The services therefore remain under exploited and sometimes unappreciated. Thus the  11th congress of the WMO in 1991 adopted the concept of the Public Weather Services Programme (PWSP) to solve this problem. The programme was meant to enhance the visibility of the national weather services, the understanding of vital meteorological information and improve the interpretation of forecasts and warnings by the public. WMO also recognized the fact that the development and subsequent implementation of the PWSP at national level will be country oriented in accordance with the member’s unique socio-cultural and economic environment.

The Kenya Meteorological Department set up its National Public Weather Services, NPWS, section in mid 1995 in accordance with the recommendations made by the two expert meetings on PWS in Geneva, (March 1992 and April 1994). The main objectives being to enhance awareness of available meteorological services and their benefits to the public and policy makers and to ensure correct public understanding and interpretation of the meteorological information. This was based on the understanding that the more knowledge the public and policy makers have on weather, the more they will appreciate and be supportive of efforts aimed at improving the quality of weather forecast

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