Institute of Meteorology, 55 years preventing storms
By Mercy Ramos
If there is any information followed day by day by the entire Cuban population, it is, without a doubt, the weather forecast, because Cuba is a tropical country hit by storms, cyclones and hurricanes for 6 months of the year, from June 1 to November 30, with the great danger they represent for all equally.
Founded on October 12, 1965, the Cuban Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) is an authority on the matter and its fundamental mission is to offer authoritative, reliable and timely meteorological and climate information on the state and future behavior of the atmosphere.
With the purpose of ensuring the safety of human life, while contributing to avoid or minimize the possible losses of material goods in the event of natural disasters of meteorological origin, INSMET is part of the Environment Agency, a dependency of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.
Its main headquarters are located in the capital town of Casa Blanca, along with nine specialized research and service centers, 14 provincial meteorological centers, including the special municipality of Isla de la Juventud and a network of 69 meteorological stations throughout the country.
According to historians, the passage of hurricanes and cyclones through the largest of the Antilles is as old as the aborigines themselves, but it was not until March 1, 1858, that the Jesuit priests of the Colegio de Belén in Havana made the first surface weather observation in the Meteorological Observatory by taking the atmospheric pressure, temperatures and data on the state of the sky.
With time and advances in science, meteorology has achieved such a development that currently forecasts foresee possible natural phenomena with enough time for measures to be taken to avoid further damage.
Due to its importance for the country, it is necessary to recognize the work carried out by Cuban meteorologists every day, who without sparing even days of rest, strive to keep the population informed about any inclement weather 365 days a year. Recognize and congratulate these professionals for the 55th anniversary of their institution.