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National Monsoon Mission set to give better predictions: IMD chief

India Meteorological Department (IMD) will be able to give improved weather forecasts including temperature, rainfall and even natural calamities like cyclones once the National Monsoon Mission (NMM) becomes operational in the next six months vizag news image

VISAKHAPATNAM: India Meteorological Department (IMD) will be able to give improved weather forecasts including temperature, rainfall and even natural calamities like cyclones once the National Monsoon Mission (NMM) becomes operational in the next six months, said IMD director general KJ Ramesh on Friday.

Ramesh, a 1981 batch student of Andhra University’s meteorological department, was the chief guest at a lecture on ‘Climate Change Impacts on Monsoons’ organised by the meteorology department here on Friday. He also launched a book titled Northeast Monsoon authored by Ramesh’s teacher and emeritus professor of the department, Prof OSRU Bhanu Kumar.

The NMM is a state-of-the-art ocean-atmospheric climate model for improved prediction of weather systems, he said, adding that IMD in association with Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, had embarked on building the model.

Speaking on the occasion, Ramesh further said the IMD would offer internship opportunities to M.Tech students of the meteorological department. Replying to grievances from local meteorologists, he said he would make all possible efforts to development the Cyclone Warning Centre (CWC) at Visakhapatnam on par with other IMD centres in the country.