Doppler radar in Surkanda expected to improve disaster preparedness

Loss of life and property due to rain will now be significantly reduced in the disaster-prone Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, which is expected to have its Doppler radar fully operational in the Surkanda Devi temple area after a long wait. The radar was installed by the weather service. The radar, which operates within a range of 100 kilometers, will detect the weather pattern two hours in advance, giving the government apparatus accurate weather information on rain-related patterns that often lead to downpours.

State Meteorological Center Director Bikram Singh said, “Installation of Doppler radar in Surkanda Temple area of ​​Tehri district has been completed. Radar test work is currently underway. It is expected that within a month the radar will start working properly. This radar will prove important in terms of mountain disaster management.

The radar was needed in the mountainous region for accurate weather forecasting since the devastating Kedarnath disaster in June 2013, but the land had not been selected for years to install the radar in the region. The state meteorological center had started preparations to install Doppler radar by selecting land in the Surkanda temple area. Now the Doppler radar has been installed and testing is underway.

According to experts, Doppler radar is installed at high altitude locations so that the radar also picks up subtle changes. The Doppler radar will be able to obtain information about the possibility of heavy rain, hail and strong winds about two hours in advance. The radar will be able to record data on activities within a radius of 100 kilometers. The highlight of the system is that accurate weather information from the radar will also be provided to people traveling on the Char Dham Circuit.