A 12-storeyed Mandalay Meteorological Radar Station with 50 meter height near the real estate of the Tada-U airport in Singaing Township started to be built in December 2015 is nearly completed, with the opening expected to be in mid-year 2017, according to U Kyaw Lwin Oo, Direcror-General of Meteorological Department (upper Myanmar).
Out of 3 radar stations built with an investment amounting to US$ 40 million aided by JICA, Kyaukphyu Radar station was inaugurated on October 9 of 2015 and Yangon Radar Station on October 24 this year.
He added, “More observation and more favorable forecasts are available. Before now, it is impossible to access to accurate formation of storms by seeing images sent by satellites. Now we can watch and access in three dimensional ways.”
Radars will help forecast signs of storms, their potential growth and sizes in accord with meteorological standards and storms seem small but it may be more dangerous. Previously, there were some cases in which wind speeds were forecast more than usual.
U Khin Maung Soe, assistant engineering manager of Taisei Corporation said that now the consultant has to approve whether the equipment used in construction are in compliance with international standards or not. U Kyaw Lwin Oo went on saying that Nay Pyi Taw central meteorological observatory unit will monitor images sent by three radars to release news to keep with the time.
Central part of Myanmar is the arid zone but whirls if air is likely from east and northwest, causing severe weather, so radar stations were built. These radars are capable of collecting facts within a parameter of 900 km in circumference, it is learnt.
Aung Thant Khaing