#WeatherWiser Nation

by - December 02, 2014

In the Philippines, adverse weather conditions cause millions worth of damage annually. On a global scale, economic losses caused by extreme weather increased to nearly $200 billion a year. With 10-20 typhoons hitting the country every year, Filipinos are left with property loss and death tolls of staggering alarm.

Roughly 1,000 to 2,000 Filipinos die every year due to weather phenomena. Just like last year when typhoon Haiyan, the most powerful typhoon ever recorded hit land. Even livelihoods earnestly grown for decades were disrupted, wiped out in a single storm.

Our being prone to national disasters has always been a standard, with our poorest being the most susceptible. Although we have competent weather technology systems, readiness is far from being created due to the fact that weather terminologies are too technical for the average Filipino. Casualties of Typhoon Haiyan reached as many as 10,000 people last year largely because of this.

Last November 25, I was fortunate to be invited by the Aboitiz Group to learn more about our weather and how we should put it as a normal part of our lives and be prepared for it. :)

Weather 101 by Sir David Padua (Senior Typhoon Specialist-WPF)

With free, accurate and localized weather information, The WeatherPhilippines Foundation (WPF) takes the lead in overcoming weather disruptions by inciting readiness among our countrymen.  They have what they call AUTOMATED WEATHER STATIONS (AWS) deployed in remote areas in the country and from there, the WPF are able to penetrate the country's most vulnerable areas and elicit actionable preparations by distilling technical weather forecasting terms.

These are the AWS that are placed in different areas in our country and these are the ones that help tell the WeatherPhilippines how much rain fall we're experiencing and with that information, they can also share it with us. This way, if we know what weather we'll be experiencing, we can be more ready for it and prepare for what may happen.

WeatherPhilippines Foundation is a corporate social responsibility initiative of the Aboitiz Group, in partnership with Union Bank and MeteoGroup- a leading global weather services organization. It is the trusted reliable private weather information organization that aims to reduce disaster risks in the country by providing free, critical weather forecasts to the Filipino public.

WPF has deployed more than 500 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) across the country. They target to install at least 1,000 AWS by 2015. 

Aside from our daily routine in life, let's make weather our business as well and through this, I'm sure we'll be weather wiser and prevent bigger calamities from happening. :)



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