Bhubaneswar: In an aim to get proper data on weather, the State Revenue & Disaster Management Department in coordination with IMD installed Manual Surface Observatories in all 30 districts of Odisha.
The Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar (IMD) and Revenue and Disaster Management Department, has taken initiative for installation of manual observatory at district headquarters across the State.
In this connection seven observatories have been installed at Nayagarh, Boudh, Chhatrapur, Paralakhemundi, Rayagada, Bhadrak and Jajpur during the year 2020-21. Further, eight new Manual Observatory at Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Bargarh, Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Nuapada, Khordha and Nabarangpur has been set up in April, 2022, officials said.
With the inclusion of these eight newly observatories, the State has now a total of 38 Manual Observatories covering all the 30 districts of Odisha.
Out of these 10 are fully operated by IMD while remaining 28 are being operationalized in coordination with the Government of Odisha, the Bhubaneswar Met Centre said.
In addition to above, the IMD has two Doppler Weather Radar stations at Paradeep and Gopalpur and six High Wind Speed Recorders (HWSRs) at Gopalpur, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Paradeep, Chandbali and Balasore.
The network of observatories will give a boost for weather information as well as weather forecasting for the entire State, the officials stated.