Davao del Norte has Swiss-made rain gauge
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, July 9 (PIA) -- The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council of Davao del Norte now has a Swiss-made automatic rain gauge that is also capable of forecasting weather.
PDRRMC Research and Planning incharge Eric Rosillo said the automatic rain gauge which is a product of Meteomedia Organization of Switzerland, is also equipped with anemometer to measure wind speed, air pressure, humidity and ultraviolet rays.
The rain gauge transmits data to the server of Weather Philippines Foundation with which Meteomedia Organization has tied up in showcasing such type of rain gauge.
But the LGU has direct access to the weather readings because it is designed with a local monitoring screen which records the data it is sending to the server in Manila.
Rosillo said Davao del Norte is one of the 25 first batch of provinces where Meteomedia Organization has entrusted a unit of automatic rain gauge.
The rain gauge is worth US$2,500 if purchased but Meteomedia Organization is distributing free units in the Philippines which it has chosen as a testing and showcasing site in Asian market.
Meteomedia Organization has already produced as many as 480 units of such rain gauge in Switzerland and has produced about a hundred for Germany, Rosillo said.
The provincial government is interested to install such units in all towns in the province in its bid to strengthen early warning system.
Rosillo explained that purchasing more units of such rain gauge to be stationed in all towns will complement with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather monitoring as such provides local weather situation. (PIA-11/Jeanevive D. Abangan)
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