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MeT Department to add 30 doppler radars in country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The will add 30 doppler radars in the next two-three years across the country, of which several will be in the northeast, a senior said.

A doppler are a tool to provide precise information about thunderstorms, dust storms, hailstorms, rainfall and wind patterns.

With a radius of 250 km, they help in issuing nowcasts 2-3 hours prior to severe weather events.

By the next year, will get four doppler radars, Uttarakhand and three each, (ADG) said.

"We plan to add 30 doppler radars in the next two-three years. The plan is also to have a total number 14 radars in the north east region, including the existing three that are already installed," Pradhan said.

Right now, the is working on selecting locations in hilly states to install these radars, Pradhan added.

The hilly states of Uttarakhand, and witness erratic patterns like thunderstorms and heavy rains and snowfall, so do the north eastern states.

In 2013, a cloud burst that led to floods killed hundreds in Uttarakhand.

The first doppler was installed in Chennai in 2002. Its need became more compelling after the 2005 floods.

There are currently 27 doppler radars in the country. The at was non-operational during a freak thunderstorm that killed over 120 people in and between May 2-3.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 12:35 IST