A few more stations to come up in other areas
The Indian Meteorological Department has set up an Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG) station at Sub-Collector’s office on M.G. Road here. The ARG station will help transmit the data to a geostationary satellite which in turn will re-transmit the data to receiving earth station at Pune. The data will be posted on the IMD website automatically.
The new ARG station will phase out the manual way of gauging the rainfall by the statistical officer of the IMD. The manual monitoring of rainfall is restricted to a fixed observation programme. The ARG station will help eliminate perceptions and opinions of the person-on-duty to monitor the rainfall.
The ARG station installed at Sub-Collector’s office is the first station in the district. It is a part of a network of 1,350 ARG stations, manufactured by Jinyang India, being installed across the country. A few more ARG stations will come up in places like Nagayalanka, Garikapudi, Tiruvur, and Machilipatnam. Each station will cost around Rs.5 lakh.
Official of IMD Gannavaram D. Sesha Sai, who is supervising the works at Sub-Collector’s office, has said that the IMD’s nationwide automatic rain gauge stations project will help in ensuring that there is real time mapping of rainfall.
Each ARG station is configured to measure hourly rainfall and cumulative rainfall for the day.
The ARG station has a data logger, UHF transmitter, sensor, crossed Yagi antenna, GPS antenna, and a solar panel to help record the data and supply power.
The rainfall data in real time will be useful for agriculture, flood forecasting, water management.