USAID Trains Balkan Meteorologists to Use Precipitation Instruments

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) continues to conduct trainings for meteorological technicians in the Balkan velayat, Meteojournal reports with reference to the Ashgabat in website .

On April 4-8, 10 specialists from Turkmenhydromet from the Balkan velayat and one specialist from the Ashgabat and Bekrevinsky meteorological stations took part in the training.

Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences Erkin Isaev (Kyrgyzstan) and consultant Vitaly Shlyapnikov (Turkmenistan) spoke about the operation of the equipment used at weather stations.

“The trainers revealed some of the technical details of the operation of meteorological sensors and radars. The knowledge gained will help to use equipment more efficiently for detailed accounting of precipitation, wind speed, direction and other synoptic factors for making accurate weather forecasts ,” said Rejepgeldy Khydyrov , head of the Balkanabat automatic meteorological station .

In total, there are 12 meteorological stations in the Balkan velayat. The Meteorological Journal notes that this is the largest region in Turkmenistan, its area is 139.3 thousand square kilometers. Thus, on average, one weather station is located on 11.6 thousand square kilometers. However, their real location is not the same, there are fewer stations in the desert regions.

On February 18, USAID hosted a workshop for weather forecasters in Ashgabat and Lebap province on advanced automated meteorological measurement and information systems.

In early February, Meteozhurnal checked the forecasts of Turkmenhydromet, comparing them with real weather data, and concluded that the reliability of these forecasts is 78.7% - this is the level of the 80-90s of the last century. The reason for this is the lack of qualified personnel in the Turkmen meteorological service.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan