The Mission of The National Meteorological Service
The National Meteorological Service of Belize is the leading governmental authority on weather and climate. It provides meteorological and climate-based products and services to the Belizean public through systematic and accurate monitoring and data collection, reliable data analyses and timely dissemination of user-friendly information on regular and emergency events and processes. This is undertaken in order to contribute to the safety and well-being of the people of Belize and the sustainable development of the nation.
To fulfil this mission, the Department maintains a network of meteorological observing stations, a Doppler radar, an upper air observing station The Weather Forecasting section of the Service is equipped with telecommunication equipment, data analysis and display workstations and satellite receiving equipment.
The National Meteorological Service is responsible for providing aviation weather information and forecasts, and specialized weather forecasts for agriculture, forestry, marine, military, and tourism. It also provides public weather forecasts for the media, which then distributes via newspapers, radio and television. Forecasts are also distributed by the Meteorological Office by facsimile, e-mail, the Department’s website and recorded telephone messages.
The Chief Meteorologist serves on the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and provides advice on hurricanes, floods and other forms of severe weather conditions, which could provoke a national emergency. All phases of the National Hurricane Emergency Plan are declared by NEMO, on the advice of the Chief Meteorologist.
The National Meteorological Service is the National Focal Point for Belize on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC is a scientific body whose function is to review the most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced worldwide relevant to the understandng of climate change.
The Service has representation on several national committees including the National Environmental Appraisal Committee (NEAC) which reviews Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs). The Service also has prepresntation on the Belize National Climate Change Committee.
Belize is a member of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) particularly the Regional Association IV of WMO. The Chief meteorologist serves as Permanent Representative of Belize with the WMO. Through the National Meteorological Service Belize is also a member of the Caribbean Meteorological Organization (CMO) and the Comité Regional de Recursos Hidráulicos (CRRH) an arm of la Sistema de la Integracion de Centroamerica (SICA).
The Vision of the National Meteorological Service
The National Meteorological Service of Belize will continue to be the the national authority which provides meteorological and climate-based products and services in order to protect life and property, contribute to the achievement of social, economic and physical well-being of the people of Belize.