Meteorological data collection in Malawi dates way
back to the early 1890s when the country became a British
Protectorate. Data then were recorded by administrators at the
BOMAs, missionaries, farmers and a few interested individuals. Thus
the station network then merely reflected the logistics of the
recorders or owners of the stations rather than technical aspects. A
good number of stations were sited along the Shire River and a
concentration existed over the Shire Highlands in the tea estates.
Records at these stations were taken once or
twice a day but at no-fixed hours. Observers were mostly untrained
volunteers and as such stations did not operate consistently. For
example, of the 102 stations which operated in the 1930s and 1940,
only a handful were still operating by the mid 1940s, most of them
only recording rainfall.
building of a systematic network of stations under a meteorological
authority begun in the mid 1940s. It was the need for aviation
weather services that prompted the opening of the first few stations
but soon other needs came in. Since then the logistics for sitting a
station have changed and several technical aspects are considered.
Apart from trying to build a homogeneous network, the Meteorological
Department considers the opening of new stations for specified user
parties. During the past few years stations have been opened to
cater for the needs of development projects in agriculture,
forestry, water resources, fisheries, wildlife, education, etc.
We aim at providing reliable, responsive and high
quality weather and climate services to meet national, regional and
international obligations through timely dissemination of accurate
and up to-date data and information for socio-economic development.
We offer different
services to the public on
climate and weather such as on Aviation, Marine, Agriculture and
livestock management, water resources etc.
to provide reliable, responsive and high quality
weather and climate services to meet national,
regional and international obligations through
timely dissemination of accurate and up to-date data
and information for socio-economic