Odisha gets its first Doppler radar station at Paradip today.
It is launched by additional principal secretary to the Prime Minister PK Mishra, in the presence of IMD director general LS Rathore and Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati.
With this the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has launched its 17th Doppler radar station in India.
This will enable the MET department to forecast cyclonic storms, excessive rainfall, thunderstorms and hailstorms with greater accuracy within 500 km in the Bay of Bengal.
“The radar has long been awaited will definitely prove a boon for Odisha keeping in view the wrath of cyclonic storms being borne by the state. The radar will help extensively in weather prediction in a real time manner,” said MET director Sarat Sahu.
The radar at a cost of Rs 30 crores has been built in a joint collarboration with China and set up by Chinese scientists here.
The doppler radar is highly sensitive and will lead to prior information about low pressure, cyclonic storms, depression, weather disturbances, rain forcast, location, direction and movement and intensity of the cyclonic circulation, the time of its landfall and wind speed.