3 Aug 2019

Lack of radio hampering Pacific meteorologists

1:46 pm on 3 August 2019

The lack of radio services in some small Pacific island nations is challenging for local weather offices during extreme weather events.

Satellite dish in Atafu, Tokelau.

Satellite dish in Atafu, Tokelau. Photo: RNZ PACIFIC / MACKENZIE SMITH

So say meteorology officials, who are meeting in Samoa ahead of the Pacific Meteorological Council meeting in Apia next week.

There are no radio stations on Tokelau, and warnings for any extreme weather events such as a cyclone are emailed to officials on each of the country's atolls, who then alert locals.

Margaret Paul of the Tokelau met service said it would be great to have radio services on the atolls one day.

"Especially for disaster warnings and cyclones for my people and also for the benefit of our country," Ms Paul said.