Meteorology Service cancels bad weather advisories

The Samoa Meteorology Service has cancelled its heavy rain, flood and marine advisories in a weather update issued Monday 5.00pm.

The cancellation of the advisories will enable residents on both Upolu and Savai’i to heave a sigh of relief and for some small to medium-size businesses, an opportunity to continue their cleanup after last Friday’s flash floods that inundated Apia township.

According to the Meteorology Service, a convergence zone over the Samoa islands has now shifted to the southwest and away from Samoa as seen on the satellite imagery Monday afternoon. 

However, a moist northerly wind flow prevails over Samoa which could see associated clouds and brief showers affecting the group at times. 

“Therefore, the heavy rain and flood advisory for all of Samoa are now cancelled,” states the Meteorology Service’s weather update. “Current observations also showed decreasing activities of swell heights and wind strengths below the advisory threshold. Therefore, these conditions warrant the cancellation of the marine advisory for all of Samoa.”

The Meteorology Service, in a post on its Facebook page on Monday, stated that the return of good weather on Monday also enabled their staff to check their weather stations. 

The service dispatched weather forecasters Emau Toluono and Sepi Gafa to check and maintain their equipment. 

“Our forecasters Mr. Emau Toluono and Mr. Sepi Gafa are out in the field today,” states the Meteorology Service’s social media post. “They are conducting technical maintenance of our weather stations to ensure we get the best observational data for rainfall, wind, temperatures, etc to attest the validity of our forecast and warnings.”

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