SRINAGAR, June 21: With the annual Amarnath Yatra just few days away, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has been successful in setting up Automatic Weather Station (AWS) at Amarnath cave, Panjtarni and Seshnag for better weather forecasting.
In a statement, Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus said that setting up of three AWS would help in real-time weather observation at these locations. He said that his department has also set up two weather display boards at Pahalgam and Baltal so that the yatris are informed about the weather update enroute the Amarnath cave.
“Director General of Meteorology, IMD assigned the task of installing three AWS one each at Holy Cave, Panjtarni and Sheshnag and installation of two weather display board at Phalgam and Baltal. A dedicated team of scientists and technician from the office of Deputy DGM (Surface Instrumentation, Pune) completed the assigned task successfully and timely at Holy Cave, Sheshnag and Panjtarni and now the real time weather information from these locations is available on www.imdaws.com,” said Lotus.
He said that besides its use in operational weather forecasting, the data generated from the AWS will be very useful for preparation of long term climatology of the area which at present is missing. He said this achievement was impossible without the help and coordination from the Army, Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, Dy DGM, RMC, New Delhi and the Met Center Srinagar.
“The DG, IMD has constituted a high level coordination group of scientists to render the best possible weather services to the Yatris and managers of the Yatra. A dedicated web page (www.amssdelhi.gov.in) exclusively for the Holy Pilgrimage is also being created. The information regarding the seven days weather forecast, three hourly weather forecast, current and past weather and en-route weather forecast would be available on the website,” said Lotus.