On 27th July 2020, in the event of 14th Foundation day of the Ministry of Earth Sciences(MoES), Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Earth Sciences launched the mobile app “Mausam” designed and developed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)’s Digital Agriculture & Youth (DAY) team, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune and the India Meteorological Department (IMD).
India has the best weather service in the world for disaster management with accurate warnings on tropical cyclones, heat waves and floods.
i.The mobile based application will provide weather forecasts, nowcast and warning for various cities and locations.
ii.The application is available for both Android and iOS platforms.
i.The app will provide information on current weather with temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction for around 200 cities.
ii.The information on the app will be updated 8 times a day.
iii.It will also provide the weather forecast for next 7 days and the information of the past 24 hours for around 450 cities in India
iv.The nowcasting, three hourly warnings, local weather phenomena and the intensity for about 800 stations and districts will be provided.
v.The application provides colour coded alerts – red, yellow and orange – for all the district, two times a day for 5 days to warn the people prior to extreme weather.
Other launch and initiatives:
i.Harsh Vardhan also launched the Knowledge Resource Centre Network (KRCNet), which will act as a one-point stop for research, publications and e-resources of all the institutions that function under the MoES.Click here to read more about the KRCNet.
ii.He also announced that on setting up of Atmospheric Research Testbeds, a unique facility in Tropics will be launched in 2021 with the first phase of instrumentation. This 100 acres’ open field observatory centre will have state of the art systems like RADARS, WIND PROFILERS, UAVs etc. to study the monsoon clouds and land surface processes.
About Ministry of Earth Sciences:
Union Minister– Dr. Harsh Vardhan
Recent Related News:
i.CM Uddhav Thackeray and Dr Harshvardhan e-launched ‘I-FLOWS’ a flood warning system in Mumbai, the system provides 3 hours – 6 hours nowcast i.e immediate weather updates and in low lying areas forecasts up to 12 hours in advance.
ii.The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched seven weather services of India Meteorological Department (IMD) on the Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) App.