Proud of our Met Ser­vice

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE EDITOR, Sir:

IN A let­ter in this news­pa­per Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6, 2016, ‘Hur­ri­cane fore­cast co­nun­drum’, writ­ten by one Lloyd B. Smith, he claimed that our me­te­o­rol­o­gists’ re­ports on Hur­ri­cane Matthew was wrong, and that John Pub­lic has placed a dent on the in­tegrity of these me­te­o­rol­o­gists. Lloyd B. Smith and his ‘John Pub­lic’ seemed to have been on an­other is­land lis­ten­ing and watch­ing other me­te­o­rol­o­gists other than ours in Ja­maica.

I think that we should be proud of our me­te­o­rol­o­gists who, in their very or­gan­ised man­ner, kept us up to date on ev­ery move that was made by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, even af­ter Matthew left Ja­maica.

While we were await­ing the ap­pear­ance of the mon­ster Hur­ri­cane Matthew, I stayed on my com­puter and watch the track­ing of that beast on a num­ber of sites, in­clud­ing the Weather Chan­nel. I found out that some sites were not cred­i­ble, but the Weather Chan­nel and my Ja­maican me­te­o­rol­o­gists tracked Matthew per­fectly to the end.

Mr Smith and those who think like him must re­mem­ber, or learn, that me­te­o­rol­o­gists, be they in Ja­maica or abroad, DO NOT PRE­DICT hur­ri­canes: they watch the move­ments and re­port on them.

In the case of Matthew, with its dilly-dally tricks in slow mo­tion, it fi­nally took a north­west­erly po­si­tion, in which case it would have hit Ja­maica; then it again changed po­si­tion head­ing north, which was the be­gin­ning of good news for Ja­maica, but was not con­clu­sive, as Matthew was a dif­fi­cult guy and could have changed course again to north­west. Those of us who were track­ing Matthew re­joiced when it made the north­east­erly turn, as we knew Ja­maica was free from the sav­age mon­ster.

Our Ja­maican me­te­o­rol­o­gists care­fully and ac­cu­rately guided us through to the end. We can­not blame them be­cause Matthew did not hit Ja­maica af­ter chang­ing course. Thou­sands of Ja­maicans were pray­ing to God that Matthew would not hit Ja­maica, and I am fool­ish like them to be­lieve that Ja­maica was saved from the on­slaught of Hur­ri­cane Matthew be­cause of the prayers of God’s chil­dren, and ac­cord­ing to His di­vine will.

Join us, Lloyd B. Smith, with your ‘John Pub­lic’, in giv­ing

God thanks for sav­ing us from the on­slaught of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, and credit our me­te­o­rol­o­gists for a job well done.

JOHN D. KELLY

PO Box 144

Sa­vanna-la-Mar

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