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Sixth Doppler radar to be commissioned in Eastern coast

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New Doppler radar to be commissioned in the cyclone prone eastern coast in Gopalpur district of Odisha by the Indian Meteorological Department next month. It will be the Sixth Doppler Radar commissioned in Eastern coast of India.

Doppler radar

  • Doppler radar is an observational tool for monitoring and predicting severe weather events such as thunder storms, hailstorms, cyclones and tornados within a radius of 300 km
  • It not only gives information about precipitation but also about wind velocity

 Other places

  • Doppler radar is situated at ports of Chennai, Kolkatta, Machilipatnam, Vishakapatnam and Para dip in eastern coast
  • Kochi, Bhuj, Mumbai, Karaikal and Goa are the ports in western coast where Doppler Radar is located

Flash points

  • This Sixth Doppler Radar will provide additional information about the eastern coast which is often affected by cyclones and storms to the Indian Meteorological Department
  • The Gopalpur district was severely affected by the cyclonic storm Phailin in October 2013
  • Another district of Odisha, Para dip was also severely affected by a super cyclone in 1999
  • A Doppler radar was commissioned recently in Paradip in November,2015
  • Negotiations are being made with ISRO to install another Doppler Radar in the western coast of Thiruvananthapuram