Located in a corner of Changi Airport, protected from the hullabaloo of one of the busiest airports of the world, is the Meteorological Service’s Central Forecast Office.
It is from this ordinary space that supercomputers quietly churn out calculations, while a team of 10 operational meteorologists thoroughly go about forecasting the weather.
Differing from what normally people think of their jobs, they aren’t as simple as twisting a bottle to predict which direction it would go, whether it will shine or rain.
Darryl Boh, a meteorologist, told CNA that they normally start off with analyzing the weather and what exactly is going on around them.
Singapore will be affected by what is happening around it. Other than the predictions and observations, we also observe and closely monitor the geophysical hazards. We take phone calls from our subscribers and the public. We either call them to give them updates on certain weather phenomenon or they call us in the case when they have any queries, Boh told.
Mr. Boh & his colleagues work in 12-hour cycles; 3 meteorologists work on the day shift and 1 on the night shift. The day shift is mostly led by a senior meteorologist who is aided by two operational meteorologists.
He explained that for the operational meteorologists, they are in charge of various watch areas. The forecaster who is looking after the aviation will be given charge of a slightly bigger area, all the way across the South China Sea & also our region. The forecaster who would be in charge of the public will be more concentrated around Singapore, inclusive of looking at the lightning warnings.
The other meteorologists perform other duties like evaluating the forecasts, as well as, responding to the emails from public members, while their colleagues are on the duty.
Boh told that it was really difficult to cope up with the job since there is a lot of physics involved in it.