India gets its Highest Situated Meteorological Centre



Hon'ble Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the new meteorological centre at Leh through a virtual event web-casted live from New Delhi (left) and the new meteorological centre at Leh (right)


The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) has launched a new Meteorological Centre in Leh. Situated at ~3,500 meters above sea level, the facility is the country's highest meteorological centre. It was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan through a virtual event webcast live from New Delhi. He dedicated the facility to the people of Leh and Ladakh.

India presently has 28 meteorological centres spread across the country. These centres serve to provide accurate and timely weather-related informations to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), which is the principal agency responsible for meteorological observations and weather forecasting in the country.

Dr M Rajeevan Nair, Secretary, MoES expressed that the state-of-the-art new meteorological centre at Leh will benefit multiple sectors such as tourism, defence services, and disaster management for Leh-Ladakh region of the country by providing accurate and timely weather-related information.

Leh-Ladakh region experiences several extreme weather-related phenomena such as heavy rainfall, heavy snowfall, cloud burst, etc. The new meteorological centre will provide weather forecasts over short (3 days), medium (12 days) and extended (1 month) periods, with regular updates to all stakeholders.

India Science Wire