Paradip: Doppler radar for early warning on cyclones inaugurated

Paradip: A doppler radar at Paradip which will be helpful in prediction of cyclonic storms, thunderstorms, excessive rainfall and hailstorms, earlier than the traditional radars used till recently, with more accuracy, was inaugurated today.

The Doppler radar was inaugurated at Paradip by additional principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, PK Mishra. The Chief Secretary of Odisha and the IMD director were also present during the inauguration ceremony.

Notably, no Doppler radars, prior to this were available for weather prediction in the State. Prediction was being done through traditional analogue radars which are currently functioning only at Bhubaneswar and Paradip.

According to sources, the Doppler radars would pinpoint the exact location where a cyclone will hit whereas the traditional analogue radars used for weather forecast are only able to roughly indicate the possible places where the cyclone may hit. The Doppler radars will also forecast volume of rainfall at a particular place at a given point of time.