The Permanent Representative of the British Caribbean Territories with the World Meteorological Organization, Mr Tyrone Sutherland, visited the Observatory’s Headquarters on 19 November 2016 and was received by the Director of the Hong Kong Observatory, Mr CM Shun, and other colleagues of the Observatory.
During the visit, Mr Sutherland was shown the operations at the central forecasting office, TV studio and history room. Mr Shun highlighted to Mr Sutherland the latest developments on public weather services, severe weather prediction, social media communications and TV weather services in Hong Kong. Mr Sutherland was highly impressed with the advancement of forecasting facilities and developments at the Observatory since his last visit to Hong Kong in the 1990s. He also shared his views on the challenges of service delivery in the social media world and a plan on establishing a severe weather forecasting demonstration project for the Caribbean countries. Both sides agreed to further exchange on the subject of tropical meteorology, especially the technique of nowcasting in severe weather prediction.
Mr. Tyrone Sutherland is the Co-ordinating Director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Meteorological Organization. CMO is a specialized agency of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that coordinates the joint scientific and technical activities in weather, climate and water - related sciences in sixteen English-speaking Caribbean Countries. Mr Sutherland served as the Second Vice-president of the World Meteorological Organization during 2003-2011.