Met Department to Replace Three-Decades-Old Radar with Advance C-band Doppler

It is not easy to predict, forecast weather and it gets even more difficult when the technology is inadequate. For the Met Department, forecasting the weather will get easier as it is looking to replace its three-decades-old radar with an advance C-band Doppler radar. With new radar in place, predicting weather will improve significantly.

The meteorological department will use the new C-band Doppler radar that will boost Pakistan’s ability to forecast weather.

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The chief meteorological officer at Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Sardar Sarfaraz said, “The new radar system will enhance our ability to make accurate short term weather forecasts within the range of 450km around Karachi, while thunderstorms and other unusual weather events will be observed from all sides.”

After an interval of three decades, this new system would be laid. The existing S-band radar was operational since 1991. It has a wavelength of 5 centimeters.  As per the chief meteorological officer, the capacity of new radar is twice as that of the existing one.

The advanced system will come on stream before 2020. It will improve the prediction of rainfall, storms, etc. Also, it will allow the Meteorological department to predict rainfall in centimeters and millimeters.

National Disaster Management Authority Spokesperson, Brigadier Mukhtar Ahmed commented on the new technology and said, “The new Doppler radar will improve the overall early warning system.” “We will be able to respond to extreme weather-related disasters in a much better way after the radar is installed.”

Adding, “The new system will also be useful for the fishermen as it will allow us to provide weather forecasts within the vicinity of 200 km of the open sea. Cyclones from the Arabian Sea will be predicted early.”

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