Kohima: Deputy Director General, IMD-NE, Dr. K. N. Mohan arrived arrived in Kohima yesterday along with Sunit Das, Scientist-E, IMD to attend the commissioning programme of 2 Agromet Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) installed at KVK, Yisemyong and KVK, Lumami.
On their way to Mokokchung, they visited two proposed sites for installation of X-Band Doppler Radar at Jotsoma and Meriema to check the feasibility and one proposed site for installation of Aviation AWS at Secretariat Plaza Helipad.
In addition, the officials also visited Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) installed at District Soil Conservation Office, Dimapur; Soil and Water Conservation Training and Research Centre, Sechu; Directorate of Soil and Water Conservation, Kohima and District Soil Conservation Office, Wokha. During the visit some equipment were found outdated and some nonfunctional. Dr. Mohan assured that the obsolete and nonfunctional parts of the AWS will be replaced immediately.
Under the initiative of Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) in coordination with the Department of Soil & Water Conservation is working closely for improvement of Weather-related services in the State.
Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) consists of wind monitoring at 10m and 3mts height; radiation sensor for monitoring photo synthesis and other radiation related parameters deciding growth and yield of the plant; rain sensor; soil temperature and moisture at four depths 10cm, 30cm, 70cm and 100cm for knowing real time moisture and temperature for planning the right seeds for Plantation, Ground water information and other valuable parameters; air temperature and humidity; real time data, which all above parameters is available at IMD web site(every 15min interval) with GIS mapping of Agro parameters very useful for Agriculture planning and Implementation.(aws.imd.gov.in:8091); 10 mts foldable mast & accessories with Fencing. Further, the data is ingested into the Hydrodynamic models along with other AWS data from other parts of India, upper air, radar and satellite data for issuing timely forecast and weather warnings etc. for Nagaland state. The forecast is valid for five days.
It may be mentioned that the Department of Soil and Water Conservation is currently operating 17 meteorological observatories.