weather forecasting

There is brain drain in one government agency named as Hope or Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pag asa) as one editorial points it.  Of course, the agency concerned would deny it even if their superiors were on leave or in places somewhere on lecture circuit.  Indeed, there is no prosperity in predicting weather unless one gets a commission for procuring gadgets, tools and what-have-you.


But is it prudent to have a government unit in charge of the weather?  What is it for when merely tuning in on cable TV, specifically on CNN, one gets a complete update of the weather; and, not just the weather of the country but the weather in the entire planet.


Government maintains an agency, which tries to predict with accuracy that which defies precision.  Nature can only be tentatively analyzed in terms of its obvious manifestation but cannot be tamed to be understood.  So why waste government resources when we could farm it to some other services where it is needed most like in education, medical research and related social work programs.  The weather bureau or Pagasa is already an anachronism to be kind about it.  Unlike any other kind of persuasion where the result of performance can be gauged from the effect of their direct intervention, weather forecasting is like, well, an expensive way of guessing; or, an activity which government spends funds just to be informed of guesswork.


Further on, the extent of Internet linkages could immediately share accurate meteorological findings from countries with advanced equipment.  One gets an update on the weather locally and internationally at a click of the mouse, why wait for a government-sustained agency that likewise depend on obsolete gadgets and rely more on Internet too for fresh notes.  Sayang lang ang official posturing.  The agency ought to be absorbed in the academe where geophysical science can prepare scholars to be trained for emergency and rescue operations during calamities.


Whenever there are storms, which Pagasa would fail to relay, it is the head of the agency that gets the brunt as if kicking out the officer would restore the balance of the weather condition.  The common man knows exactly how his environment behaves.  Barrio folks likewise know when calamity is to occur.  Local government units have records and historical documents on how their area is affected whenever there are natural disasters.


In China, there is a university where a small zoo is organized so that behavior of animals is observed meticulously in relation to the weather condition.  Animals have great, unsullied and sensitive senses; it can appreciate a forthcoming natural aberration like earthquakes, volcanic eruption, storm and other natural occurrence with some kind of precision.  In Western countries, they used satellite feeds to determine a specific astronomical movement secondary to homeland defense and other military preparation.  On the whole, almost all countries in the world rely on history to situate their preparation and in understanding the concept of survival.


In our country, we have history, we have records, we have clippings and testimonies on calamities that have visited us frequently.  We must therefore be wise in understanding its onslaught and effect.  We have a working idea on when storms are to occur.  We knew where the next flood would happen.  We are also aware that cutting down forests would spell flash floods and landslides.  Inability to plan urban areas necessitate aggravation of unnatural catastrophes.


The problem however with history is that it is easily forgotten.   Kaya heto tayo ngayon, ang buhay ay weder-weder na lang!


About vjtesoro

A perpetual student of Corrections

Posted on June 19, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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