Updated: 06/24/2014 07:51

More accurate weather information system in the pipeline

More accurate weather information system in the pipeline

The Meteorological Service Singapore is working on a modelling system that could forecast more accurate information of heavy rainfall across the island. 

This means being able to predict where it could rain, and how much rainfall that area could experience. 

The Met Service said such a model could be developed within the next year or two, and give authorities a longer lead time than the current 20 to 30 minutes, to react to potential flooding or other situations. 

The Met Service also looks at various satellite data to detect haze and hotspots, 

but this may be hampered by passing clouds and the lack of real time information, as some satellites pass through only twice a day. 

The Service expects better pictures and updates from next year when a new breed of satellites are activated.

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