Rain monitoring in the state of São Paulo should be reinforced with the installation, by the end of the year, of a meteorological radar in Ilhabela, on the north coast of São Paulo. The equipment was delivered last Saturday (18) and is part of a package of measures announced by the Tarcísio de Freitas (Republican) government following the tragedy in the region at the beginning of this year.
Among the promises are warning sirens for São Sebastião, and then for Guarujá, in Baixada Santista, and Franco da Rocha, in Greater São Paulo. The bidding ended last month, with the signing of the contract, and the deadline for installation is up to 120 days — February next year.
The equipment cost R$10 million and will improve forecasts with a 1.80 m antenna, which reaches 120 km from the base on the coast, in Ilhabela, at sea level.
This is because, currently, monitoring is carried out by equipment in Salesópolis, 100 km away, in a plateau region.
Cold fronts, which also bring clouds and instability, can reach São Paulo through the southern states or along the coast. Radars make it possible to analyze the intensity of rainfall, whether it will increase or decrease, and whether alerts should be issued to the population.
The equipment was assembled at the Unesp Institute for Advanced Sea Studies, in São Vicente. University technicians and students will be trained for operation and data transmission to the state’s Civil Defense.
The radar will also be used in research, according to the government, in cooperation with the Meteorological Research Institute of the Faculty of Sciences at Unesp, on the Bauru campus.
According to Civil Defense, another eight meteorological radars must be purchased and installed to reinforce coverage throughout the state.
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