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The Meteorological Office was established in the early 1980's under the Civil Aviation Authority, with the responsibility for the monitoring of meteorological events and provision of meteorological information. The staff currently operates a service for 17 hours daily with a 24-hour service envisaged for the future. The service’s operation includes an Upper-Air Station, Surface Weather Observations, Climatology, Forecasting and Aviation weather briefing.
The Meteorological Office was officially recognized as the Cayman Islands National Weather Service as of June 1st 2010, operating under the Ministry of District Administration, Works, Lands and Agriculture.
The office began 2010 with a staff of eleven officers; two Meteorological Officer IV, three Meteorological Officer III, one Meteorologist II, two Meteorologist I, Chief Meteorologist, Administrative Manager and the Director General of Meteorological Services.
The Cayman Islands National Weather Service (CINWS) is involved in a four-fold mission: monitoring; research; service provision and international cooperation.
We are Obligated to
- Observe, understand and predict the weather and climate of the Cayman Islands.
- Provide Meteorological and related services in support of national and international obligations.
The Service will achieve its Mission Through the Following Functions:
- The planning, implementation and operation of adequate surface and upper air networks throughout the Cayman Islands.
- Provision and maintenance of systems for the collection and quality control of observational data and their processing for providing real-time weather, climate and related environmental services, assembly of national climate record and support of meteorological research.
- The provision of a range of weather information, forecast and warning services to the community at large through the media so as to improve the economy and quality of life as well as for protection of life and property.
- Provision of meteorological support to related environmental services such as hydrological forecasting and air quality protection.
- Provision on either a public or "user pays" basis, of a range of user sector-specific operational meteorological services, through the mass media and other channels, to such major user groups as agriculture, shipping, aviation, construction etc.
- Maintaining a national climate archive and the provision of climate data and climate monitoring and prediction services.
- Provision of advice on meteorological matters, as a basis for government policy formulation, and for other purposes, to other government agencies and to the national community.
- Educating the national community on weather and climate processes and issues, and in the beneficial use of meteorological and related services.
- Fulfillment of obligations under the convention of World Meteorological Organization and the furthering on national interest by participation in WMO programs and activities.
- Provision and operation of adequate and efficient IT and telecommunications systems for prompt and reliable national and international exchange of weather data and products.
- Training of specialist meteorological staff for weather related operations.
- Publication of meteorological reports and bulletins.
- Maintaining a national meteorological library of data and scientific publications.