Automatic weather stations in all Uttarakhand districts

Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN: The India Meteorological Department ( IMD) seems to be all set towards developing a mesoscale weather forecasting system for the hazard prone State of Uttarakhand.

The department having observatories at Dehra Dun, Pant Nagar, New Tehri and Mukteshwar near Naini Tal and eight weather stations will augment the weather data network by installing automatic weather stations in all the 13 districts within six months.

Announcing this here on Tuesday, Ajit Tyagi, Director General IMD said that Doppler weather radars had also been sanctioned for Mussoorie and Naini Tal.

Two tehsils of each district will soon get automatic rain gauges. “All this would mean better data for more accurate weather forecasting and predictions of thunderstorms, landslides and snowfall,” he said.

Dr. Tyagi praised the efforts of the State unit of the IMD for good interpretation and dissemination of weather data and agricultural advisories that been be very useful and appreciated by the users.

According to Anand Sharma, Director, Uttarakhand Met Centre here, the mesoscale weather forecasting system when fully operational will give localized and accurate forecasts for proper mitigation of natural calamities as well as save a lot of money of farmers by giving them better advisories about days when fertilizers could be or should not be used to avoid run offs due to rain.

Next, the IMD plans to introduce Project Parvat in the State aiming at better linkages between users and support organizations like the ITBP, BRO, Army etc, Mr Sharma said.

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