Rajasthan: Doppler weather radar operational

Jaipur: With an aim to provide more specific weather data and nowcasting, the meteorological centre here on Saturday operationalised its newly installed Doppler Weather Radar (DWR).

Director General of Indian Meteorological Department Ajit Tyagi inaugurated the c-band DWR, which is the first in Rajasthan, at a function at the centre.

"The radar is capable of weather surveillance up to 250 kms around Jaipur. It is installed here under the modernisation programme of the department," Tyagi said at the function.

"Rajasthan has variety of weather - cloud burst, heavy rainfall, heatwaves, thunder storm, dust storm, so it will be very useful for the Met centre to provide more specific weather related information and warnings," he said.

He said that the entire state will be covered by such radars so that severe weather conditions are properly predicted and forecasting is more accurate.

The radar provides imageries derived from volume scan depicting location and intensity of clouds, expected rainfall from these clouds, horizontal winds, wind shear etc.

Another official said the radar's data is automatically updated to IMD's website at 10 minutes interval.

The radar is capable of providing information about the rate of rainfall and amount of rainfall within an effective range of 150 km from here.

The official said that using this radar, now-casting of weather regarding occurrence of thunder storms within next one to three hours in small areas is possible.

Director of Sanganer Airport RK Singh said that the weather information will be useful for flights operating from the airport.

A proposal to install DWR at Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Kota, Sriganganagar is also under consideration by the IMD. Secretary-Relief, government of Rajasthan Tanmay Kumar, Director Met Jaipur centre SS Singh and other officials were present in the function.