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Updated: December 24, 2012 11:30 IST

Cyclone updates at the click of a button

B Madhu Gopal
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DWR Station atop
Kailasagiri in
Visakhapatnam. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar
DWR Station atop Kailasagiri in Visakhapatnam. Photo: A. Manikanta Kumar

The latest updates issued by the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC), Visakhapatnam, will now be available on the Internet. Though the weather information for the country and some of the Meteorological Stations are already available on the IMD website, Visakhapatnam CWC has been added to the list about 10 days ago.

Those who wish to have the latest updates pertaining to Visakhapatnam and coastal AP can log on to www.imd.gov.in and click on CWC, Visakhapatnam. Local forecast, warning for fishermen, port warning, special bulletins, cyclone warnings, maximum and minimum temperatures, relative humidity and rainfall can all be known at the click of a button. There is also information on satellite images, monsoon, about cyclones and about the origin and growth of CWC, Visakhapatnam.

“Though the proposal to make the information pertaining to CWC, Visakhapatnam, available on the Internet was there for a long time it has materialised only recently. We hope to make modifications and improvements to the website as we go along. The weather data will be updated during the mornings and evenings every day. During cyclones, the bulletins and forecasts would be updated every three hours or six hours, depending on the intensity,” according to CWC Director K. Ramachandra Rao.

Some other features like realtime radar images would be uploaded soon, he added. The site provides the history of the centre as well as the historical data on cyclones that hit the State’s coast from 1977.

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