Jan 23, 2013
Press Release: Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom has joined Metro Weather online weather project in Metro Manila, Rizal and Corregidor designed to provide free and near real-time weather data necessary to help people prepare for typhoons, heavy rains, and severe flooding.
By providing information and communications infrastructure to Metro Weather, Globe hopes to promote awareness of environmental issues to its employees and stakeholders, and prompt them to participate in activities that help conserve the environment and mitigate climate change.
“We’re delighted to be part of the Metro Weather alliance which is a very important endeavor that will surely enable various organizations to increase their readiness and disaster risk resilience. The Globe way is all about transforming lives with innovative solutions. We will be remiss in our sustainability efforts if we are not involved in taking care of the community and the environment,” said Rob I. Nazal, Head of Globe Corporate Social Responsibility.
Metro Weather utilizes 30 automated weather stations (AWS) placed in sites hosted by Globe and other partners which include MMDA and Chevron (through Caltex retail stations) in critical Metro manila cities and strategic areas in Rizal such as Antipolo City, Rodriguez, Angono, and Jala-Jala as well as in Corregidor. Also involved in the alliance are ADMU and MO.
Aside from hosting some of the AWS sites, Globe also powers the data transmission from the weather stations to the Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) through Manila Observatory (MO) and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). In turn, information can be accessed free of charge via www.metroweather.com.ph,www.weatherlink.com, and MMDA’s Metro Manila Traffic Navigator web app. Data includes information on current rainfall, temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, solar radiation and ultraviolet index.
The weather stations are spread over an approximate area of 625 square kilometers and are distributed so that each station covers roughly 25 square meters. Data from the stations may be used to warn of severe weather conditions and will provide critical data for ongoing research on urban disaster risk due to extreme weather and variability.