~ Robert Speta, WestPac Wx Founder, Operational Meteorologist & NHK World Weather Casters
“Well, I think it’s the team effort that gave it a personality of its own. There and beyond that we at Westernpacificweather.com would consider the citation as a continuing challenge to do more and having said that it’s a good start for the season considering that we’ve just jump started early on this 1st Qtr of 2012.”
~ Weatherguy Adonis, WestPac Wx Author & Casters, Philippine NDRRMC Awardee for CWG6
“Well ya, all the good effort has now finally paid off but that means more hard work needed in order to sustain the quality of our work.”
~ Francis Chuah, Technical Administrator & WestPac Wx SE Asia Casters
Westernpacificweather News 04 July 2012: After years of hard work since its establishment back in 2010, westernpacificweather.com has now made a huge leap in what they do most – providing the latest and most up to date weather update across the Western Pacific region. The team, led by Broadcast Meteorologist Robert Speta, who currently serve for NHK World Weather team, the westernpacificweather.com made a historical debut for their own when their work on was cited by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States.
A great coverage on the Tropical Disturbance known as 96W that is currently bombarding the Philippines, has alerted NASA to use the information reported by westernpacificweather.com in their own (NASA) coverage of Tropical Disturbance 96W. The following is the excerpt of the report posted by NASA in their Hurricane Page:
“According to WesternPacificWeather.com, two people have been killed in Valenzuela City, Bulacan as a result of the storm. They also reported that Cabanatuan City in Central Luzon received up to 56 mm (2.2 inches) of rainfall, and the just north of Manila rainfall totaled up to 48 mm (19 inches). The PAGASA-Hydrology Department reported that the Ipo Dam opened its spillways to release built up water from its reservoir as a result of System 96W’s rainfall. “
The full report from NASA on Tropical Disturbance 96W can be assessed from the following page
Team leader Robert Speta was very much happy with the work getting cited and was fascinated by the current development of the site, which met his expectation of where it should be at the particular moment. “This is the westernpacificweather.com that I want it to be since I started it two years ago and I am happy with where we are now but still, there is a lot more to be done to get better,” said Mr. Robert when asked about his perception towards the site when the site undergone massive transition from a .com platform to a .org platform. The site underwent the transition in early May which enable more useful feature to be brought into their site including improvising the outlook of the site itself.
The site currently has 6 authors with 3 of the authors are from Philippines (Pat, Adonis and Clark), two (2) are from the United States (Rob and Michael) with Rob now in Japan and Michael reside in the Philippines, as well and one (1) from Malaysia (Francis). Altogether, the six (6) authors form a team of comprehensive weather casters bringing in weather updates for the Western Pacific region with most of the attention been given on the Typhoon season affecting the Philippines yearly. On top of that, the team are supported by affliate partners such as Jason Moreland of 28storms.com and James Reynolds of Typhoonfury.com alongside with storm2k.com which provides forum platform dedicated for weather discussion.