A name made by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science for higher synergy between the India Meteorological Department (IMD) and personal weather companies is more likely to discover sturdy supporters in Kerala.
The purpose is that the Kerala Government had made an identical advice in 2018 in a letter to the Centre criticising the “inadequate observation network” of the IMD within the State.
The letter written by P.H. Kurian, the then Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management), to the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, had famous that personal weather firms operated a number of weather observatories within the State whereas the IMD community was insufficient.
It recommended a public-private partnership (PPP) the place the IMD makes use of information from personal weather networks, supplied their stations meet the nationwide weather company’s requirements. The letter, written towards the backdrop of the devastating August 2018 floods within the State, described such a partnership as a prudent path.
“The IMD should, as per their Results Framework Document (RFD), scrutinise all weather stations set up by private weather observers and decide on which of these stations are meeting IMD standards and whether data from these are useful for assimilation into the climatological archives of the State. If they are, these data may also be used by the IMD for increasing the weather observation network, for a cost agreement between the IMD and these private weather agencies. A public-private partnership in this regard is a prudent path to achieve the desired data and benchmarks in modelling,” the October 6, 2018 letter famous.
Apparently, there was little motion on it and in 2020, the Kerala Government authorised its State Emergency Operations Centre (SEOC) to supply inputs from Skymet Weather Services, the IBM Weather Company and Earth Networks.
According to the 2018 letter, the IMD had only a few automated rain gauges and gathered each day rain information from “just about 68 stations” in Kerala.
Temperature observations had been being collected solely from seven observatories. The IMD being the nodal division ought to have no less than 256 rain gauge stations in Kerala (1/150 sq km), it stated.
While making its name for higher synergy, the Standing Committee on Science has nonetheless underlined the significance of getting one authoritative supply for weather forecasts.
In latest months, the IMD has, in response to the State authorities’s persistent demand, elevated the variety of computerized weather stations and launched measures to enhance localised weather prediction. Ahead of the 2021 southwest monsoon, a Flood Meteorological Office was opened on the IMD Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram for supporting the flood monitoring efforts of the Central Water Commission.