Srinagar: More data on weather from different regions of J&K and permanent records of each day’s weather, based on which farmers and fruit growers may claim compensation for damage to crops, are some of the benefits of Automatic Weather Stations (AWS), six more of which are coming up in the state.
An official at the Meteorology (MeT) department said that based on proper weather records, farmers and fruit growers will now be able to claim compensation for crops damaged due to inclement weather.
The official informed that the department has already installed 8 AWS in different districts of the state, following the installing of the main AWS in Srinagar, where information from the different stations is received on a timely basis.
He said that the six new AWS will be set up at a cost of Rs 1 crore 20 lakh, with each AWS costing Rs 20 lakh.
Deputy Director MeT J&K Dr Mukhtar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that forecasting weather data for a small area will be much more accurate now and will help all sorts of people, starting from farmers to insurance companies and power utility companies.
Sudden weather changes which include heavy rainfall and hailstorm, which damage standing crops and fruits, will now be a matter of record, he said.
“If an affected person wants to claim some compensation, he needs to submit records of the weather, which he did not get until now as we did not maintain weather records permanently,” Dr Ahmad said.
“Now we are able to maintain all weather records and whenever anyone wants the weather record of a particular day or month, we can give it after the installing of these stations,” he said.
The main concern of the MeT department, Dr Ahmad said, is to give timely, advanced and reliable medium-range weather forecast. “We depend on the data gathered from advanced technological equipment which includes the Doppler Weather Radar and satellite meteorology. This helps us in data analysis through graphical information,” Dr Ahmad said.