Visitors shown maps, charts and wind direction equipment

The Cyclone Warning Centre, Visakhapatnam, that has done yeoman’s service in alerting people along long coastline on the threat from nature’s fury, was thrown open to students and members of the public on Monday.

The visitors were taken around the office and shown the maps and charts, radars and wind direction equipment used in weather forecasting and tracking cyclones as part of the celebrations of the World Meteorological Day.

The Day is celebrated on March 23 to commemorate convention of 1950 that created the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The day also highlights the huge contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.

This year's World Meteorological Day theme is "Weather and climate: engaging youth." Today's youth will benefit from the dramatic advances being made in our ability to understand and forecast the earth's weather and climate. At the same time, most of them will live into the second half of this century and experience the increasing impacts of global warming.

CWC Director K. Ramachandra Rao said that the presence of a large number of youngsters in the population had made it all the more important for them to know and understand climate change and weather phenomenon.

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