City residents will now have the opportunity to understand weather forecasting better, as the Chandigarh meteorological centre has launched the local chapter of Indian Meteorological Society, a not-for-profit organisation involved in the research of weather forecasting and raising its awareness among people.
Talking to HT, Surender Pal, the secretary of the society and director of the meteorological centre here, said members of the public could also join the society. "All they should have is curiosity about understanding how weather plays out. They can become members by paying an entrance fees," he said.
The society is also involved in organising lectures, meetings, publishing books, periodicals and brochures, he said.
In its annual general body on May 15, the society's national council had approved the formation of its Chandigarh chapter. SAS Nagar resident Balwinder Singh, a meteorology enthusiast, welcomed the decision: "This is a good step towards making the public understand the most important thing in the world."
Ashwagosha Ganju, the chairman of the society, said: "The chapter will focus on weather forecast and educating the public about its allied sciences, jhe said.The society aims to create awareness about weather forecasting by organising camps at schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions of concern.