A Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) was installed here for accurate predictions of monsoons, cyclones and other weather-related phenomena.
The DWR was installed on Sunday near the Babasaheb Ambedkar International airport in the city.
The state-of-the-art S-Band doppler radar here is provided by a Chinese company and is capable of weather surveillance up to 500 km. It will cover the entire Vidarbha region, parts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh, said Retired Air Vice Marshal Ajit Tyagi, director general of India Meteorological Centre. It provides imageries derived from volume scan depicting location and intensities of clouds, expected rainfall from these clouds, horizontal winds and wind shear. The imageries are good for weather analysis and forecasting, he said.
The DWR provides round-the-clock automatic observation of cloud mass and rain patches with update in every 10 minutes and will be a boon for farmers, who will not have to look to the sky for rains and clouds and henceforth will receive bulletins on their mobiles.
A DWR provides meteorological, hydrological and aviation products which are useful for forecasters in estimating the storm’s centre, fixing its position and predicting its future path. Besides, the Met staff can view thunderstorms, hailstorm, heavy rainfall in greater detail.
Later this month, a DWR, manufactured indigenously by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd will be installed in Colaba observatory. It will cover the remaining distance between Nagpur and the metropolis. PTI