|New Chapter for Yongkang Weather Service|
Meteorological services are closely related to everyday life, but also vital in disaster prevention. According to the 2020 comprehensive assessment of local meteorological bureaus issued by the Jinhua Meteorological Bureau, Yongkang Meteorological Bureau was awarded outstanding recognition.
This year, the Yongkang Meteorological Bureau is continuing a task force in meteorological decision-making and protection services, and is constantly improving the level of public meteorological services to create a new chapter of meteorological protection for Yongkang, the world capital of hardware and a city full of vitality.
In the last couple of days, the Yongkang Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow-code warning of thunderstorm and a blue-code warning of frost; these are some of the services that the observatory provides in addition to the weather forecast issued at 4 p.m. every day. The Meteorological Bureau delivers this information as well as information about other similar emergencies to each citizens’ mobile phone to help them to timely take the necessary precautions.
Facing the complexity of ever-changing weather conditions, the Yongkang Meteorological Bureau has insisted on the task of putting adequate meteorological services in place for its residents. Through written reports, mobile phone text messages, weather display screens, and other methods, the Bureau informs the population about every possible weather calamity. Last year, a total of nearly 700,000 people were reached by the weather services.
In order to innovate the work mode and enrich the forms of meteorological services, since September 1 last year, the Yongkang Meteorological Bureau officially launched 5G meteorological information services. The upgraded weather information service provides users with the weather forecast, combining texts, pictures, and videos, as well as SMS warning information. Compared with the former single text weather information format, the new service is more comprehensive, intuitive, and engaging.
Also of note, in May last year, the local government held a working meeting with meteorological assistants from various towns, districts, and sub-districts in order to make arrangements for grassroots meteorological disaster prevention work. On the occasion, 32 villages and communities were selected to carry out standard procedures of meteorological disaster prevention. As a co-organizer of the meeting, the Bureau participated in the Yongkang City 2020 Flood Control Station Comprehensive Emergency Drill, during which it held a sub-session for the release of early warning information on the meteorological station network. Two artificial rain enhancement operations were successfully implemented in January and November, and 20 rain-enhancing rockets were launched, which played a positive role in alleviating the drought in the area of Yongkang.
In April last year, in joint effort with the local Education Bureau and other departments, six primary and secondary schools were selected as the first batch of the project “meteorological science in Yongkang schools.” The construction of relevant infrastructure for implementing meteorological science in the six schools has been recently completed.
In addition to the popularization of meteorological science in schools, the Yongkang Meteorological Bureau took the opportunity to cooperate with the leader of Changkeng Village, Fangyan Town, to promote the popularization of grassroots meteorological science. Representatives of the Bureau and village leaders performed several visits and investigations at Fangyan Town and strengthened collaborative ties. Although Changkeng was the starting point, the information about how to deal with weather calamities and awareness of disaster prevention gradually spread throughout the surrounding villages. Since last year, the Meteorological Bureau of Yongkang City has attached great importance to the meteorological work at the grassroots level.
In mid-October last year, the Meteorological Science Corridor was established in the village of Duanyan, Zhoushan Town of Yongkang. A series of engaging presentation boards grounded in the science of weather were set up in the corridor, including contents about meteorological calamities, weather warning signals, and defense guidelines, as well as meteorology and military affairs.
“The LED installation outside the planting shed displays daily meteorological elements, such as temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind direction, wind speed, soil temperature, photosynthetic radiation and so on. It provides first-hand observation data for agricultural planting,” explained Sun Lingjuan, general manager of Zhejiang Fangyuan Agricultural Technology Co., Ltd., showing and praising the functionality of smartification in a farmland microclimate observation station. As the first batch of modern agricultural enterprises enjoy the benefits of smartified weather forecasting, farmland microclimate observatories have made agricultural production more active and effective. In addition, the data from the farmland microclimate observation station are sent to a meteorological department, providing the basis for relevant research and making the meteorological service for agriculture more targeted and constructive.
In recent years, according to the Yongkang Implementation Plan of Meteorological Modernization and combining the meteorological-related tasks of the Five-Water Management project, the Yongkang Meteorological Bureau has furthered meteorological modernization and completed the installation of farmland microclimate observation stations. Yongkang counts so far 32 meteorological monitoring stations, each covering an area of up to six km in the monitoring grid. The hardware equipment and information release platform of meteorological data is being regularly updated and maintained, serving 98 screens throughout the city.
In 2018, Yongkang started the construction of a new national standard weather station. The site is located on the hillside of Daxitang Reservoir. The construction has been completed and is in the phase of testing communication between new and old stations. In addition, Yongkang’s first meteorological science museum was completed at the end of 2020 and will be officially put into operation in September this year. (By Wu Junyong, translated by Marco Lovisetto, edited by Mariam Ayad)
Artificial rain enhancement operations