India: IMD to start predicting thunderstorm and lightning

Source(s): Deccan Herald, Printers, the (Mysore) Private Ltd.,

By Kalyan Ray


"The thunderstorm and lightning forecast will start from April 2019, for which we have installed 48 lightning sensors. A mobile application for lightning prediction, named "Damini," has been developed to disseminate the information," Union Science Minister Harsh Vardhan said here on Monday.

Explains M Rajeevan, Secretary, Union Ministry of Earth Sciences, "It will be a two-stage forecast. We will forecast the probability of a thunderstorm over the next two days. Once the event occurs, we will give a forecast on how the thunderstorm will behave in the next six hours and what are the areas where the lightning can strike."


The MET agency plans to improve its network of data-capture instruments, adding nearly 500 automatic weather stations (100 located in Kerala, which was wrecked by rainfall and floods last year), 10 new X-band radars in the western Himalayan states, and 11 C-band radars in the plains and islands.

The minister on Monday launched a special weather service for Kumbh Mela at Pryagraj, beginning from tomorrow. A smartphone application, named "Kumbh Mela weather service," has been developed to disseminate weather information to people visiting the Kumbh.


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