Poor response to open day but Met Office meets goal

Thursday March 29, 2018 Written by Published in Weather
Students from a local primary school visited the Met Offi ce earlier this month. 18032713 Students from a local primary school visited the Met Offi ce earlier this month. 18032713

Despite a low turnout at its open day last week, the Cook Islands Meteorological Service says it achieved its goal of increasing public awareness of its work.

 

The open day marked this year’s World Meteorological Day, celebrated on Friday.

Service director Arona Ngari said although the turnout was “not that good”, people who turned up were able to learn how the local met officers monitor the weather.

He added it was important for the public to understand their work.

“In terms of our preparation, we made some video clips based on the theme which was ‘weather-ready, climate-smart’,” Ngari said. “We try and portray the importance of our work. Sometimes there is a misconception that we are doing nothing and the government is just paying us for (doing) nothing.

“At the end of the day, the record has shown that we have been keeping the public abreast (of news about) any severe weather that comes through.”

Ngari said the Met Service had also hosted some primary schools at the office in Nikao this month.

He said the visits enabled the students to learn the importance of the Met Service and weather monitoring.

“At the end of the day, we are just trying to pick up our visibility at the Met Service.

 


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