The storm chasers making life-saving forecasts

Weather forecasters in Africa are getting access to satellite data that will allow them to track the path and severity of developing storms – and reduce the death toll from extreme weather events.

An initiative called African SWIFT has enabled meteorologists to make accurate, hour-by-hour forecasts as severe weather approaches, a technique known as ‘nowcasting’ – very-short-range weather forecasting. 

Nowcasting … will help mitigate fatalities due to meteorological disasters like heavy rainfall, flash floods and strong winds.

Dr Elijah Adefisan, ACMAD