India Meteorological Department (IMD) Current Affairs, GK & News

Cloudburst at Amarnath shrine

On July 8, 2022, a cloudburst near Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir took life of 15 people and over 40 are missing. Following the cloudburst, Amarnath yatra has been suspended till further advisory. Highlights Cloudburst has destroyed the community kitchens and tents near the shrine. It was reported at around 5:30 pm. Security forces ..

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What are ‘Western disturbances’?

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) projected that; western disturbance is likely to hit the eastern states from January 11, 2022. Key Points Making these predictions, IMD issued yellow and orange alerts for the states of Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar, for January 11 to January 13. Scattered to fairly widespread light or moderate rainfall ..

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Ministry of Earth Sciences launches ESSDP (Earth System Science Data Portal)

On its 15th Foundation Day the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) launched Earth System Science Data Portal (ESSDP) Highlights Dr Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), gave a lecture during this event. A report on ‘WMO, Disasters, Climate and COP-26’ was discussed along with the issues relating to climate change. ESSDP (Earth System ..

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First Thunderstorm Research Testbed of India

India’s first thunderstorm research testbed will be established in Balasore, Odisha. Objective of testbed The Thunderstorm Research Testbed is being established with the objective to minimalize the human fatalities and loss of property because of the lightning strikes. Highlights This announcement was made by the Director-General of India Meteorological Department, Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra. He also ..

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IMD launches improved SILAM and ENFUSER models to monitor Air Quality in the country

On October 14, 2020, the Indian Meteorological Department operationalised improved air quality forecast models. They were SILAM and ENFUSER. There are more than 40 air quality monitoring systems in Delhi. SILAM SILAM is System for Integrated Modelling of Atmospheric Composition. The model has been improved by implementing Global emission inventories such as CAMS-GLOB and EDGAR ..

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The country observes the highest rainfall since 1976

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the country has set a new record after 44 years by receiving 25 per cent more rainfall than the average. However, the IMD expects monsoon to slow down by September this year. What does the forecast say? IMD’s forecast so far has been correct regarding the monsoon. The latest ..

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