Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre on Thursday along with Jacob Stevens, Political and Economic Officer and students of QSI International School of Trinidad visited the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service to tour the US NWS Upper Air Station (Radiosonde) at Piarco.
A special “weather balloon” sounding was done by Hiram Escabi, Jr., Upper Air Program Manager, NOAA and Weather Observer, Savitri Gangadeen with the help of one of the students.
Radiosondes measure temperature, pressure, wind and relative humidity and provide a primary source of upper-air data. Radiosonde data is one of many tools used in weather forecasting.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) manages the Cooperative Hurricane Upper Air Stations (CHUAS) network in the Caribbean which consists of 10 radiosonde stations located in Trinidad, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman Island, Jamaica, St Maarten, and San Andres Island, Colombia.
Students and teachers were also given a tour of theForecast Office.