Now you can get weather forecast through short message service (SMS) as the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre is going to launch a service through its website from Friday.
According to the Met centre, earlier the service was available only for the Punjab farmers and was launched in collaboration with the Punjab Agricultural University. From Friday onwards, the free-of-cost service will be available to users in Chandigarh and Haryana as well.
"We have already 70,000 registered farmers from across the state and we want to take this number to four lakh," said director, Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, Surender Paul.
Earlier, the registration process was tedious. The users had to call on a mobile number of the Chandigarh Meteorological Centre to get themselves registered for the service. Most of the times, calls would go unanswered, which was a common complaint.
"Looking at the low response and feedback, now we have empowered users to get themselves registered for the service. Now, we are expecting the number will increase at a fast pace," said Paul.
Paul said the SMS would be sent twice a week and it would comprise forecast bulletin for the next three days. The frequency of the weather bulletin will depend on the weather too. In case of extreme weather, the frequency will increase, he added.
How the service will work?
Go to website (http://www.chdmausam.org/) and fill in the simple details including name, mobile number and area about which they want to get the SMS alerts.
The SMS alert will be sent twice a week, depending on the weather.
It will comprise information, including maximum and minimum temperature, relative humidity, rainfall, fog and weather forecast.