KJ Ramesh, IMD, Rainfall,

K J Ramesh I Bettering Monsoon Predictions

G’nY. Would you say that the accuracy of monsoon prediction has improved over the years? Monsoon rainfall predictions. Yes indeed. We have been able to improve the monsoon rainfall predictions on all temporal and spatial scales as far as rainfall distribution over the last 5 years is concerned. Coupled ocean-atmospheric model is run on a […]

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Precipitation in the Himalayas

Extreme weather, such as heavy precipitation, extensive avalanches, cloud burst, flash floods and landslides, regularly happen in the western Himalayan region. These extreme events generally occur under the influence of mid-latitude westerly systems during the winter months and due to monsoonal systems in summer. The western Himalayan region climate is influenced by the southwest monsoon […]

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Observational Network for Cyclones

The observational network for cyclone forecasting is aimed at continuous monitoring of the horizontal and vertical structure of the atmosphere. The latest advances in technology such as satellites, radar, and automated weather stations (AWS) provide invaluable support to the monitoring of tropical cyclones by the India Meteorological Department (IMD). The observational system Land and ocean […]

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Disaster Management Perspectives: Learning from Phailin

According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC 2007, human utilisation of the coastal zone, worldwide, increased dramatically during the 20th century and this trend appears to be certain to continue during the 21st century. India will be no exception. Climate change and its resultant sea-level rise can significantly increase the vulnerability of a […]

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Predicting Poor Air Quality Events

Timely air quality information, even 24 hours in advance can assist those coping with health problems that are aggravated by ground-level ozone, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and other pollutants. Air quality advisories or alerts issued when pre-determined pollutant threshold exceeds should result in actions to reduce pollution levels and encourage people […]

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Extreme Events: Weather Service for Indian Agriculture

The term extreme weather or climate event refers to ‘an occurrence of…a weather or climate variable beyond a threshold…,’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) 2012. It includes very high (and low) temperatures, very heavy rainfall (and snowfall in cold climates) and very high wind speeds. By definition, extreme weather events occur only rarely and […]

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Advance Warning System for Uttarakhand

The extreme rainfall, floods and landslides that occurred in Uttarakhand during 16-18 June 2013 has caused unprecedented deaths and destruction of property. People have asked if we could have avoided the tragedy through an advanced warning system and enforcement of building laws. The phenomenon of extreme rainfall and floods occur all over the world but […]

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