World Meteorological Day was celebrated at Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati on March 23. World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. WMO was established on March 23, 1950 as United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. Theme of World Meteorological Day 2013 was ‘WATCHING THE WEATHER TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY’ with the subtitle “Celebrating 50 Years of the World Weather Watch”. This theme focuses attention on the crucial role of meteorological services in strengthening safety and resilience to weather events.
An exhibition was organized in the local Regional Meteorological Centre, Guwahati in which posters, models and various meteorological instruments were displayed. Visitors from local schools, colleges and various departments were explained about the importance of various meteorological parameters. How various types of meteorological observations are taken, how they are processed using modern sophisticated tools, how different types of models are run, products generated and finally different communication channels through which the weather forecast is disseminated to various users and to the general public.
P.P. Shrivastav, Member, North East Council graced the exhibition and commented ‘Some recent additions have enabled more précised forecast which have been appreciated by the people’. K. Hemlata, Regional Executive Director, NER, AAI, LGBI Airport also visited the exhibition and expressed her great interest in the services provided by India Meteorological Department.
Awadhesh Kumar, Deputy Director General of Meteorology expressed his happiness towards the interest shown by the public in the services provided by this department. Speedy implementation of different projects, some are already in the pipeline which will result in strengthening the observational network in the North-East region which will help in generation of more user friendly meteorological products resulting in quality weather forecast.
- S.O. Shaw, Regional Meteorological Centre, L.G.B.I. Airport