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Dr. The Honourable Keith Rowley unveiling commemorative plaque
The Crown Point Meteorological Office in Tobago began operations as an observation station in 1967. Currently, it also provides a tourism forecast for stakeholders in Tobago.
Delivering remarks at the ceremony, Mr. Marlon Noel, Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) and Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) stated “in order to meet the current and future requirements for weather and climate products and services, the TTMS requires a modern well-structured institution with adequate infrastructure, state of the art meteorological equipment and well-trained technical staff, and therefore we are thankful that Tobago staff have been given this new facility”. He noted that improved infrastructure enables the TTMS to move forward into new areas of service delivery and the organization will now work towards developing the capacity of the Tobago staff to provide services in other areas of meteorology. The new facility will help the TTMS enhance the services it provides to stakeholders in the local, regional and international community.
The state-of-the-art facility is intended to function as a disaster shelter since it is built to withstand a category 3 hurricane and earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale. The building also has the capacity to operate as a substitute provider of all essential meteorological services in the event that the Trinidad office is unable to function in the wake of a natural disaster or other emergencies.