Weather News : Nowcast Services to Farmers through MKisan Portal
Nowcasting in India has benefited from major developments in observational meteorology and
computer-based interactive data processing and display systems in IMD.
Considering the importance and reliability of DWR based information for nowcast of thunderstorm
and associated weather, in the first phase, major stations/cities which come under the coverage of
DWR are included for nowcasting of convective weather.
A total of 150 stations within 200 Km radius of various Doppler Weather Radars are selected and
nowcast is uploaded every 3 hourly interval utilising Synoptic Data, Model outputs, Satellite products
and finally various Radar outputs.
Therefore automatic dissemination of warnings for disastrous weather events like severe
thunderstorms, hail, squalls etc. to registered farmers in M-Kisan Portal of Ministry of Agriculture
through SMS alerts was launched for providing localised Extreme Weather Warnings.
These Nowcast alerts are based on Doppler data and very useful to alert the farmer community
about the occurrence of the adverse weather.