Thursday, August 24, 2017
CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being taken on a conducted tour of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, when she commissioned JKIA Weather station, that is operated by the Kenya Meteorological Department

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu being taken on a conducted tour of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi, when she commissioned JKIA Weather station, that is operated by the Kenya Meteorological Department

Kenya has met a major condition by establishing automatic weather observation systems at its main airports to qualify to operate direct flights to the United States of America.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu said that the equipment installed at Jomo Kenyatta, Eldoret and Kisumu International airports would significantly improve aviation in the country and the region through providing weather information in ten minutes intervals.

Prof Wakhungu was speaking today at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when she commissioned the Automatic Weather System that will improve forecasting by providing more accurate data to the aviation industry.

The Meteorological Observations that will be performed automatically by the new equipment include: Air temperature, Wind speed and direction, Pressure, Air humidity, Dew point temperature, Precipitation, Solar Radiation, Visibility, Cloud Height, and Thunderstorms.

In addition the system will be able to monitor Clear Air Turbulence (CAT) due to strong cross winds or wind gusts.The commissioning was witnessed by Deputy Director in charge of Kenya Meteorological Training Institute, Stella Aura, and the deputy Director in charge of Aeronautic Meteorology, Elijah Bukachi, together with Kenya Airports and Kenya Civil Aviation Authority officials.

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, accompanied by officials from KMD, being shown the newly constructed weather station at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi.DSC_0066

CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu, accompanied by officials from KMD, being shown the newly constructed weather station at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Nairobi.DSC_0066

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