15 Jun '11, 2am

Next month, PUB and NEA will launch the SMS Alert System for the public to receive warning about potential flooding.

WE THANK Mr Yeo Choon Seng for his feedback ('Review weather forecast system'; Forum Online, June 7). Being located in the tropics, Singapore commonly experiences convective showers and thunderstorms which are localised and short-lived. Such localised, convective weather systems often develop randomly and very quickly. Although advancements in computer weather prediction models have helped improve our weather forecasts over the years, there are limitations in predicting the exact location and intensity of individual showers and thunderstorms with reasonable accuracy as such small-scale features cannot be adequately resolved by computer models. The National Environment Agency (NEA) thus complements the forecasting of weather with close real-time weather watch using the latest weather monitoring sensors and systems available. On June 5, NEA's Met Service issued a heavy rain ...

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