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Bird strikes, flight hold-ups impending, NiMET cautions


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The Nigerian Meteorological Firm has actually cautioned of possible bird strike occurrences, flight hold-ups, and cancellations as the dry season starts in many parts of the nation.

NiMET stated bird strike occurrences were possible due to the increase of migratory birds to the nation from other parts of the world.

The Director-General of NiMET, Prof. Mansur Matazu, divulged these on Wednesday in its projection circular provided to newsmen.

The declaration partially checked out, “Following weather forecast of observed motion of dust plumes from the source area (Niger and Chad) where dust-haze and haziness prevail, fairly low, presence worths are anticipated into the county within the next 24 hr; NiMET informs the general public of the possible start of the dry season otherwise called the harmattan season in many parts of the North.

” The environment of Nigeria is characterised by 2 unique seasons. The rainy season and the dry season. The rainy season normally lasts in between late February and Early November in the South with a little break in between late July and Mid-August, while it lasts in between late Might to early Mid October in the North.

” Beyond this duration, in between completion of the rainy season and the start of the next rainy season is the dry season, which is what is unfolding.

” In the next 24 hr, there are great potential customers of dust haze (in moderate horizontal presence, 2000m– 5000m) over Maiduguri, Yobe, Katsina, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, Bauchi and Jigawa States, while other northern states (consisting of North-central) might report warm & & hazy (presence of 5– 7km).

Recommending airline companies operators, NiMET stated, “Airline company operators are recommended to get upgraded weather forecast from NiMet workplaces for reliable preparation of their operations since with the warmer temperature levels, there are greater opportunities of clear air turbulence.

” Heat leads to longer range on the runway to produce adequate lift for flight liftoff. This increases fuel intake and needs sufficient preparation by operators.

” Throughout the dry season, there might be increased opportunities of bird strike due to the increase of migratory birds. This makes up danger to flight operations.

” With decreased exposures, flight hold-ups or cancellations, in compliance with security policies might not be unforeseen.”

The firm likewise cautioned vehicle drivers to drive with care. “As the dry season starts, NiMet encourages stakeholders and certainly the public that in locations where presence is hindered by dust haze, vehicle drivers need to drive carefully.

” Vehicle drivers are likewise recommended to abide by suggested tire pressure by the producers, specifically throughout the hot days to protect versus tire burst,” it stated.

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