National Weather service

Strong wind warning issued

Strong northwest winds of 25 to 34 knots are expected to persist for the next 24 hours, causing rough seas.

All small craft and boats are advised to take necessary precautions before and after going out to sea.

Strong wind warning issued

The NWS says the monsoon trough lies south of PNG with embedded tropical lows.

“Strong northwest surge of 25/34 knots, with stronger gusts reaching 48 knots are expected to continue for the next 24 to 48 hours, causing rough seas and high sea waves.

“All small craft and boats are advised to take necessary precautions before and after going out to sea.”

Rains likely to continue to next week

The National Weather Service says this is due to Ex-Tropical Cyclone Penny, sitting in the Coral Sea, which will most likely head south-east.

The strong winds and rain being experienced have been attributed to the country being subjected to two extremes; Ex-TC Penny and another depression, both in the Coral Sea that merged last night, causing rains in most part of the Southern region, New Britain and other parts of the country.

House destroyed in harsh weather

Last night’s gale destroyed the Frank family’s Vabukori home as well as blew their roof off, dropping it a few metres away on a nearby hill.

Wari Frank told this newsroom that the house, which was a few feet away from their family home, belonged to her son Kila, who shares it with his wife and three children.

Yesterday, between 8 and 9pm, Kila was spending time with his parents when he decided to check on his house after a particularly large gust, only to be met with the wreckage.

Workshop focused on seasonal prediction and drought monitoring

The training and workshop was attended by climate staff of the National Weather Service.

The workshop commenced on Monday and focused on training climate staff on seasonal prediction and drought monitoring and ended today with a stakeholder engagement workshop on Early Rainfall Watch.

The early rainfall watch provides a summary of recent rainfall patterns, particularly the status of drought and enables them to improve seasonal predictions and monitoring.

Weather service workshop underway

The training started on Monday, July 16th, and will end on Friday.

Acting Senior Climatologist of PNG Weather Service, Kisolel Posanau, said this technical training will upskill and enhance their knowledge on seasonal climate outlook in Pacific Island countries.

It will motivate them to improve seasonal predictions and monitoring so that the people of PNG are able to plan better and make informed decisions based on timely climate information that the Weather Office produces.

Weather service clears speculation

National Weather Service clarified South-East surge was what was experienced and not a cyclone.

Public Weather Forecaster, Ula Virobo, confirmed a strong wind warning was issued to Manus Province but that has been cleared as of today.

The South-East surge that swept over the Island completely damaged 12 houses, 25 others were partially damaged with no lives lost.

Virobo said the South-East surge has moved to Southern PNG border towards Torres Strait Island, Daru, Kiwai, Yule Island to Kerema and Hood Point.

Strike brewing at weather service

National Weather Service officers, following their March 16th petition to the Transport Department, have waited for 3 weeks for the Department to rectify the workers’ 9-year salary discrepancy issue.

The 21-day notice served to the Department of Transport lapsed yesterday (April 5) thus, nationwide strike is the only option the weather officers will resort to at 4:06pm today if nothing favourable transpires now until close of business.

Nationwide strike looming

The National Weather Service officers are giving the Transport Department until close of business on Thursday, April 5th, to address this issue.

In the petition presented by workers of National Weather Service to the Secretary of Transport Department, Roy Mumu, on Friday March 16th, they demanded their salary discrepancies be addressed by pay 7 on Wednesday March 28th.

Following the petition, the Weather Service workers served a 21-day notice for Transport Department to respond.

Wet season reaches peak: Weather service

The National Weather Service predicts that parts of the country will experience heavier rainfalls with threats of flooding and very strong winds.

Assistant director of Forecasting and Warning Centre at the National Weather Service, Jimmy Gomoga, says the current weather forecast shows normal wet weather conditions throughout the country, with much of the rain experienced in the Highlands Region.

He says the rainy season should wind down in April/May and we should reach normal dry period in June.