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Government to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala

Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced to set up a Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Government to set up Cyclone Warning Centre in Kerala
  • It also proposed to set up a C-band Doppler weather radar at Mangalore, Karnataka.
  • This comes in view of the recent heavy rainfall and concerns over extreme weather activities in future.

About the Cyclone Warning Centre:

  • The centre will be equipped with state- of-the-art infrastructure including forecasting tools to provide daily weather alerts, issue weather warnings and coastal warnings or bulletins (for fishermen etc).
  • It is expected to be functional within a month and will cater to the needs of Kerala and Karnataka states.
  • It will further strengthen the present forecasting activity in India Meteorological Department's existing office in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • At present, IMD has six cyclone warning centres, four along the east coast at Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Odisha) and Kolkata (West Bengal), and two along the west coast at Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Mumbai (Maharashtra).

About C-band Doppler weather radar:

  • It is proposed to be set up at Mangalore, Karnataka to provide nowcast alerts for severe weather, including thunderstorms triggered by heavy rain for the next 2-3 hours.
  • This radar will cover northern Kerala and Karnataka.
  • It is expected to be installed by the end of next year.
  • Currently, there are two Doppler radars in Kerala at Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram, which cover the central and southern districts, respectively. 
  • With addition of this new radar, the entire state will be covered for monitoring rainfall and severe weather events.

Questions:

Q1. Union Ministry of Earth Sciences has announced to set up what in Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram?
a. Hurricane Warning Centre
b. Flood Warning Centre
c. Cyclone Warning Centre
d. None of the above

Q2. Where has it proposed to set up a C-band Doppler weather radar?
a. Mangalore, Karnataka
b. Bangalore, Karnataka
c. Mysore, Karnataka
d. None of the above
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