Rapid loss of weather stations puts SA’s disaster forecasting at risk
Failure to upgrade the SAWS network threatens its ability to issue early disaster warnings
SA’s ability to predict and issue early warnings for severe weather events is at risk because its network of weather stations is fast deteriorating due to a lack of funding.
This could have severe consequences for SA’s ability to predict disasters such as the flooding that affected parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in April. It could also make it difficult for insurance companies to verify certain kinds of weather-related claims, and some specialist agricultural insurers have appointed their own meteorologists...