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Doppler radar to help in severe weather predictions

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, September 04, 2013
First Published: 10:47 IST(4/9/2013) | Last Updated: 10:52 IST(4/9/2013)

Chinese experts would start the final-stage testing of the Doppler radar being set up at the Regional Meteorological Centre from Wednesday.

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The testing would be conducted for a fortnight.

The team of experts is already in city and on Tuesday checked the various implements required for final testing of the radar.

After the fortnight-long testing is over successfully, the radar would be declared fit for functioning, sources said.

Though the radar has been purchased from an Indo-American collaborative company, it has been assembled in China and thus the last stage testing is being supervised by Chinese experts, RMC authorities have said.

When the Doppler radar gets functional, it would help in severe weather predictions like heavy rainfall or hailstorm warning for specific areas - to the level of different localities of a town or city.

The radar would also help in ‘now-casting’ - where weather to be experienced after just three hours could be predicted.

Presently, RMC is able to only undertake long-term weather prediction.

Overall, the Doppler radar ensures advanced weather prediction helpful mainly for agriculturists as also for disaster management.

The Doppler radar is the first to be installed in MP at the cost of Rs. 22 crore.

There are 14 Doppler radars installed across country, but none of them are in central India, meaning they don’t cover either MP or Chhattisgarh.


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