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Crowd-sourcing weather info in India helping better prediction

Weather enthusiasts have started reporting local weather events, such as rain or fog, from their areas.

New Delhi, Aug 15 (IANS): A little over six months since the India Meteorological Department (IMD) started crowd-sourcing information regarding observed weather phenomena such as rains, thundershowers or squalls etc, more than 8,700 people have sent in their observations.

These observations – about rain, thundershower, fog and gusty winds – have come from across India and the IMD has claimed that it is helping improve their forecast.

It started with the IMD posting on its different regional websites and the main one a message requesting people to send in their observations regarding the observed weather phenomenon. Along with the information and a URL given on the respective websites, was a message requesting people “to spare some time to fill up the proforma and submit photos and information”, which the IMD said, “will be of great help to IMD for verification of weather forecast and further improvement in forecasting”.

The link ( ) is available on the IMD’s main website ( under the heading ‘Public Observation’.

No sooner did the word go out, weather enthusiasts started reporting local weather events, such as rain, hailstorm or fog, from their areas. Some uploaded photos, some just information. This link also accepted photos of the damage caused due to particular weather phenomena in the area.


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