Mumbai, September 7: Who will believe a week before Mumbai was completely sunk and flooded? Mumbai had its wettest day after years but now looking at the weather it is quite sunny, isn’t it? Though meteorological department had responsibly carried out its job if the Mumbaikars were made aware on a prior note, people would have been more alert and safe in their homes.
No worries, as supercomputers will soon help our forecasters to predict the accurate weather. By next year, supercomputers and a suite of new radars will give more forecasting power as U.K., U.S. and Australia's.
"Supercomputers will help us make more accurate prediction for actual rainfall in a particular area," K. J. Ramesh, Director General of India Meteorological Department said. "We will also need to work on our forecasting models to improve them."
The supercomputers will boost the department's data processing capacity by more than 6 times. The agency is also adding more Doppler radars that measure the velocity of clouds and winds and has approached the Indian Space Research Organization to install more weather monitoring equipment on satellites.
The weather office plans to improve its forecasting capacity to a 1 kilometre (0.6 mile) grid for major cities by 2018, matching the precision of the U.K.'s Met Office, Ramesh said. That compares with a 12 kilometre grid length currently and 150 kilometres in late 1980swhen India's meteorological department began using supercomputers, he added.
"We should not miss any heavy rainfall event not captured by the system," Ramesh said. "It's a very challenging and exciting period for us to work in line with other countries."