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Pakistan: Met department upgrades its eyes in the sky

Source(s):  Express Tribune News Network, the

By Aftab Khan


For the meteorological department, the business of predicting the weather is likely to improve significantly, once the aging radar system is replaced by state-of-the-art equipment.

According to the details, the new C-band Doppler radar will boost the country’s ability to more accurately predict the path of severe weather systems before they hit. “The new radar system will enhance our ability to make accurate short term weather forecasts within the range of 450km around Karachi, while thunderstorms and other unusual weather events will be observed from all sides,” said Sardar Sarfaraz, chief meteorological officer at Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in Karachi.


Weather radar systems have advanced substantially and play increasingly important roles. Of particular significance has been their ability to detect and warn of hazards associated with severe weather conditions that include high winds, storms and intense precipitation. In the long run, an improved forecast system will also lead to early warnings that will prevent extensive damage and loss of life in the event of natural catastrophes near the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

Commenting on the new technology, National Disaster Management Authority Spokesperson, Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed said “The new Doppler radar will improve the overall early warning system.” “We will be able to respond to extreme weather related disasters in a much better way after the radar is installed,” Brig Ahmed added.


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  • Publication date 18 Jul 2019

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