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Doppler weather radar installed in Jammu for accurate weather predictions

Last Updated on September 4, 2021 at 1:27 pm

India Meteorological Department has installed an X-Band Doppler weather radar at Jammu to provide improved weather services to the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

An official statement read, “It will help in providing nowcast (very short range forecast up to 3 hours) for all types of severe weather events affecting the region, especially thunderstorm, lightning, squall, heavy rain, etc. It will help in providing weather forecast for different sectors including tourism forecast for the pilgrims of Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra which has an average footfall of 8.5 million every year”.

It will also provide input to numerical weather prediction models for generating better weather forecasts, it further read.

In the past IMD has been using the manual tracking methods to gather the wind information. As a step further and a part of Make in India initiative, the state of the art Indigenous GPS based Pilot sonde has been developed. The system is at par in quality with the systems being manufactured and used in the other developed countries across the globe.