The Chinese national capital of Beijing will increase weather
facilities across the city so that the best service will be
provided when the Olympic Games are held in the city in 2008.
The decision to add more weather facilities was taken in
accordance with the Measures of Beijing Regarding Implementing Law
of Meteorology of China, said Guo Hu, chief of the Beijing
Municipal Meteorological Observatory, on Wednesday.
The measures, which will become effective on March 1, stipulate
that the weather work in Beijing should not only serve purposes of
economic construction, social development and people's life, but
also provide a major diplomatic and sports event with specified
"The current number of weather facilities in Beijing falls far
below the requirements for holding the Olympic Games, so more such
facilities should be added," said Guo.
According to him, ten to twenty bad weather alarming towers will
be built along major roads and communities in urban districts of
the city this year.
At present, only two such towers have been operating in the
The measures also demand that given the consideration that
thunder is very common in summer of Beijing, places and buildings
that easily fall prey to lightning strikes in the city be installed
with gadgets to prevent such incidents.
The weather departments have decided to erect 100 more
electronic billboards in major urban communities to publicize
weather information in time in addition to using existing
electronic screens at public places such as the airports and
railway stations to flash bad weather forecasts and warnings.
After the measures become effective on March 1, all media
organizations are requested to publicize weather information
provided by the Beijing Municipal Meteorological Observatory, said
Xie Pu, director of the municipal meteorological bureau.
Weather disasters cost the national capital more than one
billion yuan (about US$123 million) in direct economic losses a
(Xinhua News Agency February 24, 2006)