History and Background
Meteorological services at Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) was established on the 28th October 1984. Our forecast office began in 1987, with Mr. Wayne Williams being our first meteorological Forecaster.
The stations were established primarily to provide meteorological services for the islands aviation sector so meeting the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards and requirements for meteorological services to international aviation.
The Grenada Meteorological Service is a member of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) as well as the Caribbean Meteorological Organisation (CMO), and its associated entities.
Our Meteorological Department is directed by the Grenada Airports Authority (a statutory body) under the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism. Our primary responsibility is to the users in aviation. However, we play a vital role in public weather services as it relates to providing early warnings on adverse weather conditions. But other interests such as Agriculture, Construction, Marine and research can benefit from the use of our current and statistical data.
To provide users of our Services with timely and accurate information, in the most professional manner.
The services provides are so done in two broad categories: Aviation and Public users.
Telecommunication: By January 2004, have upgrade by replacing current X.25 protocol with TCP/IP protocol.
Instrumentation: Installation of a number of automatic weather stations at various points across the island. This is from support by World Bank and SIDS-Caribbean.
Had representation at the "Women in Meteorology" conference, held March 2003 in Geneva.
Observation Network & Telecoms
Presently the Grenada Meteorological Service instrumentation and observing practices are in accordance with the World Meteorological Organisation surface station standards. Observing practices began at MBIA in 1984 and in 1986 24-hour observations was introduced.
Telecommunications in the provision of our data and services are done through using: Fax, Telephone, COROBOR & Internet, etc.
Educational requirements at entry level: English Language, Mathematics & Physics.
Recruits are trained in WMO certified programs offered by the RMTC, the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology & Hydrology in Barbados
The Grenada Meteorological Service is headed by A Manager of Meteorology, the sole administrative position.. This office currently oversees several technical positions divided among Forecasters, Senior Meteorological Assistants and Meteorological Assistants. All Officers are WMO Certified; training and certification done at and by the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, Barbados – the WMO* Regional Meteorological Training Centre. Some of the practicing Forecasters on staff have also completed the Class I. (First Degree) in Meteorology.