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J&K to get 3 doppler radars for weather forecast

Friday, 25 January 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) will install three hi-tech Doppler Weather Radar (DWR) across the Valley to predict accurate forecast in the extreme weather.
Jammu & Kashmir is presently equipped with only one Doppler radar, making the task of accurate weather forecasting difficult in the State due to different weather patterns in its three regions-Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir. Presently, the lone radar is installed in the meteorological office in Srinagar.
Sources said that IMD will install three high tech Doppler radar, to predict accurate extreme weather conditions in the Valley.
“The DWR provides advance information, enhancing the lead time so essential for saving lives and property in the event of natural disaster associated with severe weather. Though the conventional radars are able to track and predict cyclones, the DWR provides detailed information on storm’s internal wind flow and structure. The severity of the weather systems can thus be quantitatively estimated more accurately than ever before and more precise advance warnings can be generated for saving lives and property,” the IMD said. The IMD is also planning to add 30 Doppler radars in next two to three years in Indian cities. The plan is also to have 14 radars in the northeast region, including the existing three radars. “The hilly states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir witness erratic weather patterns, thunderstorms and heavy rains and snowfall, and so do the northeastern states,” IMD officials added. “Right now, the IMD is working on selecting locations in hilly states to install these radars”, he added.
A Doppler radar is a tool to provide precise information about thunderstorms, dust storms, hailstorms, and rainfall and wind patterns. With a radius of around 250-kms, it helps in issuing forecasts 2 to 3 hours prior to severe weather events. There are currently 27 Doppler radars in the country. The first Doppler radar was installed in Chennai in 2002. It was procured from M/S Gematronik Gmbh, Germany. A year later, another one was installed in Kolkata. By 2006, two more such facilities were installed at Visakhapatnam and Machilipatnam.
Its need became more compelling after the 2013 cloud burst in Uttrakhand that killed thousands of people and recent Kerala floods in 2018.

J&K to get 3 doppler radars for weather forecast


Light Rain, Thundershowers Expected In Delhi, Flights Affected
Light rain or thundershowers by the night are to be expected, the Met department said. At least 14 Delhi-bound trains were delayed because of low visibility caused by fog.
Delhi | Edited by Aditya Sharma (with inputs from Agencies) | Updated: February 13, 2019 15:18 IST

Light Rain, Thundershowers Expected In Delhi, Flights Affected

Disruption in flight operations were caused by the hailstorm and heavy rain last week.

Delhi residents woke up Wednesday morning to a partly cloudy day, with the minimum temperature settling at 11.4 degree Celsius, one notch above the season's average. The maximum temperature is likely to hover around 24 degrees Celsius, the Indian Meteorological Department said.
Light rain or thundershowers by the night are to be expected, the Met department said. At least 14 Delhi-bound trains were delayed because of low visibility caused by fog.
"Predicted bad weather" was among the reasons for as many as 30 IndiGo flights being cancelled from across major airports. Flight cancellations will continue in the coming days, the airline said in a statement.
"IndiGo is slightly adjusting its flight schedule in the coming days by approximately 30 flights per day. This is in order to stabilize the network and operations impacted due to various ongoing NOTAM and predicted bad weather in the coming days," the statement read.

NOTAM, or notice to airmen, is given to pilots and include information on potential hazards on a flight route.

Parts of Delhi and neighboring areas were hit by hailstorm and heavy rains last week.

"In order to avoid inconvenience, these adjustments are being made in advance enabling adequate notice to passengers. They are being accommodated close to their original flight schedule. These adjustments amount to 1 to 2% of the originally planned number of flights," it added.
Another reason for flight cancellations was the on-going pilot shortages, according to news agency Press Trust of India.
Disruption in flight operations were caused by the hailstorm and heavy rain last week, when over 30 flights were diverted from the Delhi airport, an airline official said. Parts of Delhi and neighboring areas were hit by a hailstorm last week, the first in nearly a decade.

The bad weather caused issues with the aviation-watchdog mandated flight duty and time limitation (FDTL), wherein the pilots and cabin crew can't fly for more than a certain number of hours.

Light Rain, Thundershowers Expected In Delhi, Flights Affected


Himachal Pradesh weather: Shimla, Kufri, Manali, Narkanda brace for more snowfall; advisory issued
India News

Updated Feb 13, 2019 | 11:27 IST | IANS

Himachal Pradesh snowfall updates: Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 8.5 degrees, while it was 2.6 degrees in Manali, 6.3 degrees in Dalhousie and 4.8 degrees at Dharamsala.

Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Manali

Himachal Pradesh may see widespread snowfall | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Shimla: Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh for the next three days, the Met Office said on Wednesday. Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture in the high hills.
High hills of Shimla, Kullu, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience "fairly widespread to widespread" snowfall, while hailstorm is likely in the low hills from February 14 to 15, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.
Narkanda, Kalpa, Dalhousie to receive snowfall
He said the western disturbances -- storm systems originating from the Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region -- are likely to remain active in the region till February 16. Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kalpa, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall, he added.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus seven degree Celsius. Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 8.5 degrees, while it was minus 2.6 degree in Kalpa in Kinnaur district, 2.6 degrees in Manali, 6.3 degrees in Dalhousie and 4.8 degrees at Dharamsala. Kalpa saw mild snowfall in the past 24 hours.

Himachal Pradesh weather: Shimla, Kufri, Manali, Narkanda brace for more snowfall; advisory issued


Landslide blocks Manali NH for 9 hours

Posted at: Feb 14, 2019, 7:25 AM
Last updated: Feb 14, 2019, 7:25 AM (IST)

A JCB damaged by landslide at Banala on the Chandigarh-Manali highway in Mandi. Jai Kumar
pender Manta
Tribune News Service
Mandi, February 13

The Chandigarh-Manali highway, which was blocked this morning due to a massive landslide at Aut in Mandi district, has been restored after 9 hours. The landslide took place around 6 am at Banala Shani Temple as big boulders fell on the road, blocking the traffic on the route.

Long queues of vehicles could be seen on both sides of the highway since morning. Policemen were deployed to divert the traffic via Katola between Mandi and Kullu. The road, which was opened around 3:30 pm, is fit only for the movement of light vehicles.
A JCB machine of the National Highways Authority of India also got stuck in debris but no loss of life was reported. Several buses and heavy vehicles had been stranded on the highway as the alternative route was not fit for heavy vehicles.

Naresh Kumar of Delhi, who was travelling along with his friends to Manali, said it wasted their day. The couples travelling with children were a harassed lot as there was no facility of toilets or eatery nearby.



Rockslide blocks Chandigarh-Manali highway;
another avalanches hit Lahaul’s Tandi area

Feb 14, 2019, 07:49 IST

Manali: A massive rockslide near Banala in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh blocked the Chandigarh-Manali national highway around 6am on Wednesday, holding up vehicular traffic for almost nine hours. Huge boulders also crushed an excavator machine, however there was no casualty as no one was in it.
However, a tourist sustained head injuries after a shooting stone hit him. Stuck in the jam, he was watching the road clearance work when a stone rolling down the hillside hit him. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police diverted light vehicles from Kataula-Bajaura bypass road, but buses and large vehicles remained stuck for most part of the day. Among the stranded vehicles were Manali-bound tourist buses. Nearly 50 Volvo buses leave Delhi and Chandigarh for Manali every evening; many were halted in Mandi for the day.

National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has awarded a tender to private companies to make it four-lane highway and there is huge excavating work on mountainsides going on. Excessive cutting of mountain faces and trees has also triggered landslides. The work has rendered a place near Shani Temple, next to Banala, unstable and witnesses frequent sliding.

Mandi superintendent of police Gurdev Chand Sharma said, “We diverted traffic from Mandi-Kataula-Bajaura road. The road was restored for vehicular movement around 3pm and deployed jawans to monitor the situation.”
Meanwhile, avalanches have wreaked havoc in tribal Lahaul valley, which is covered with a thick blanket of snow. More avalanches have been reported in Tandi area of the valley, where a petrol pump and a hot mix plant of a road construction company have been destroyed. Sources the heavy snow cover has blocked roads and restricted public movement in this region. The Border Roads Organization (BRO) has started clearing snow from the highways.
Udaipur sub-divisional magistrate Subhash Gautam said an avalanche was been reported from Tandi area, where snow buried some road construction machines. “The valley has received more snowfall over the night and more is expected in the next three four days,” he said.
So far avalanches in Lahaul-Spiti district have damaged two motorable bridges, four dhabas, a Mahila Mandal building, a liquor shop and some machinery. Nine people were lucky to survive an avalanche hit.
Meanwhile, the condition of an octogenarian from Tine village is stated to be critical and needs to airlifted from zonal hospital, Keylong, to Kullu. He sustained multiple injuries in a fall from the roof of his house while clearing snow.
Enough ration in snow-bound villages

Manali: The snow-bound villages of Kullu have enough ration in store to last till March end, an official said on Wednesday. Kullu district food and civil supply controller Purshottam Singh said high altitude villages of the district have been distributed advance quota of ration via 63 fair price shops. He said the residents had lifted their ration quota till March which was supplied to shops in November and December. “All the villages, including Malana, that receive very high snowfall, have enough ration in fair price shops. Malana shop alone was issued 163 quintal rice, 115 quintal wheat, 190 quintal wheat flour, 45 quintal sugar, 67 quintal pulses, 4,824 litre cooking oil and 38 quintal salt,” he said.



Fresh snowfall in upper reaches of Uttarakhand

Updated: Feb 14, 2019, 18:14 IST

DEHRADUN: The upper reaches of Uttarakhand received fresh snowfall on Thursday while the lower areas were lashed by heavy rains, the meteorological department said. Areas located above 2,500 metres above the sea level in Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts received fresh snowfall and the lower areas in most of the districts were hit by rains adding to chill all over the state, it said.

The Met office said it started snowing in Badrinath,
Hemkund Sahib, Rudranath and Panchkedar temples in Chamoli district and at
Kedarnath in Rudraprayag district early in the morning and continued intermittently.
Cold winds blowing from the hills swept the plains which also received showers in varying degrees, it said.
It rained intermittently in
throughout the day. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here on way to
Rudrapur to address a rally was held up at the
Jolly Grant airport here for over four hours due to bad weather.
The prime minister arrived here at around 7 am but could leave in an IAF helicopter for his onward journey only at 11.15 am, a senior police official said.



Flights Diverted As Thunderstorm, Hail Hits Delhi, Neighbouring Areas

 Delhi  Written by Abhishek Chakraborty

Delhi Weather Today: The temperature across Delhi and NCR for Valentine's Day will remain pleasant, with a forecast high of 20 degrees Celsius and a low of 12 degrees Celsius. Wind chill will be a factor today, with the day's average temperature of 14 degrees feeling like 11 degrees.
 Updated : February 14, 2019 12:57 IST



Good Rain possible in Hilly areas of Uttarakhand.
Higher Reacehes may see snowfall.

DehradunHeavy Rainfall And Snowfall Alert For 18th To 22 February In Uttarakhand

सावधान! पांच दिन 6 जिलों में भारी बारिश-बर्फबारी का अलर्ट, ओलावृष्टि बढ़ाएगी हाड़ कंपाने वाली ठंड
न्यूज डेस्क, अमर उजाला, देहरादून Updated Fri, 15 Feb 2019 10:29 PM IST

rain in dehradun

rain in dehradun

उत्तराखंड में मौसम फिर बिगड़ने वाला है। 18 से 21 फरवरी तक प्रदेश में भारी बारिश और बर्फबारी होने के आसार हैं। साथ ही ओलावृष्टि भी हो सकती है। 18 फरवरी से जहां भारी बारिश होगी, वहीं 21 को ऊंचाई वाले क्षेत्रों में भारी बर्फबारी होने का अनुमान है।

मौैसम विभाग की ओर से जारी बुलेटिन के अनुसार आज से प्रदेश में बारिश-बर्फबारी काफी कम हो जाएगी। आज भी प्रदेश के ज्यादातर क्षेत्रों में बादल छाए रहेंगे। कुछ इलाकों में हल्की बारिश भी हो सकती है।

इसके बाद अगले दो दिन मौसम सामान्य रहने की उम्मीद है। 18 फरवरी से फिर ज्यादातर इलाकों में बारिश और ओले गिरने की संभावना है। विशेषकर देहरादून, टिहरी, पौड़ी, हरिद्वार, नैनीताल और उधमसिंह नगर में 18 फरवरी से अगले 48 घंटों के दौरान बारिश होने का अनुमान जताया गया है।

बुलेटिन के अनुसार 21 फरवरी को उत्तरकाशी, चमोली, रुद्रप्रयाग, बागेश्वर और पिथौरागढ़ के तीन हजार मीटर व उससे अधिक ऊंचाई वाले इलाकों में भारी बर्फबारी हो सकती है। इसको लेकर अलर्ट जारी किया गया है।

सावधान! पांच दिन 6 जिलों में भारी बारिश-बर्फबारी का अलर्ट, ओलावृष्टि बढ़ाएगी हाड़ कंपाने वाली ठंड- Amarujala



Weather department issues rain, hailstorm alert for next 24-hrs
Saturday, 16 February 2019 | PNS | Jamshedpur

The weather department on Friday afternoon issued a rain and hailstorm alert in Jharkhand for the next 24-hours. Officials at local IMD office have issued a report mentioning two atmospheric systems.
"As per our study a cyclonic circulation due to the impact of western disturbance was extending upto 1.5 km above mean sea level over east Rajasthan and adjoining northwest Madhya Pradesh. This coupled with an anti-cyclonic circulation over the Bay of Bengal is resulting in heavy moisture into the atmosphere. The twin systems would result in formation of clouds and a change in wind pattern from north-westerly to southerly resulting in adverse weather over Jharkhand," said an official of Meteorological Centre.
The Met office official said light to moderate rain and thunder showers were likely at few places, especially in the district of North Jharkhand during the next 24 hours. Light to moderate rain and thunder would also take place at a few isolated places in southeast Jharkhand. "As per our requirement we have also issued an alert of hail accompanied with thunderstorm and lightening at a few isolated places during the next 24 hours," said the official. IMD's Patna office has also issued an alert of hail and thundershowers for Jharkhand during the next 24 hours. " As per our study th cyclonic circulation would result in light to moderate rain at a few places over Jharkhand with wind speed reaching 20-25 Kmph" said an IMD official at Patna.
The official went on to say that the adverse weather would prolong winter's stay in Jharkhand. " Winter departs Jharkhand by mid-February. But, the current change in weather system would extend the winter in Jharkhand," said the official. He added that winter might get extended beyond February 22 as they were expecting another western disturbance which would impact Jharkhand's weather around that time.

Weather department issues rain, hailstorm alert for next 24-hrs