South African Weather Service

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The South African Weather Service (SAWS) is the meteorological service under the South African government's Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism. SAWS is a member of the World Meteorological Organization. The agency is similar to the United States' National Weather Service.

Under the South African Weather Service Act (No. 8 of 2001) effective 15 July 2001, SAWS became a public entity.[1]

Data acquisition[edit]

Weather stations[edit]

South Africa operates a significant number of weather stations in South Africa as well as stations at Gough Island, Marion Island and Antarctica in cooperation with the South African National Antarctic Programme.[2]

Weather radar[edit]

Near real-time (~5 minutes delay) weather radar is available for most of the country,[4] even within the Kruger National Park.[5]

Marine weather buoys[edit]

Between 30 and 40 drifting weather buoys are deployed annually.[2]

Weather modification[edit]

The SAWS, in cooperation with a number of other entities, is actively involved in weather control research under the South African National Precipitation Research and Rainfall Enhancement Programme, specifically with the Bethlehem Precipitation Research Project[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "S A Weather Service Act (8 of 2001)". The Presidency of South Africa. 29 June 2001. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Weather Program". South African National Antarctic Program. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Meteorological Station Location Information". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Radar Home". South African Weather Service. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  5. ^ Nick Zambatis and Lynette Strauss. "Radar Station Completed". Siyabona Africa Travel. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  6. ^ "The Bethlehem Precipitation Research Project". South African Weather Service. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  7. ^ "South African National Precipitation Research and Rainfall Enhancement Programme (NPRP-SAREP) 1990 - 2000". South African Water Research Commission. Retrieved 2008-12-04. [dead link]

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