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Get rainfall updates every 15 mins with Pune city’s own weather app

Launched in late July this year by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Pune Weather Live app has now gone public and is available free for download on Google Play Store.

Written by Anjali Marar | Pune |
Updated: September 9, 2021 3:27:49 am
Basic weather information like rainfall and temperature for Pune city and district for the present and immediate next day will be available over the app. (Express Photo by Ashish Kale)

Pune residents can now stay updated and check real-time weather events with just a click using Pune’s own weather app.

Launched in late July this year by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, the Pune Weather Live app has now gone public and is available free for download on Google Play Store. Pune is the third Indian city after Delhi and Mumbai to get a dedicated weather app developed by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

The app has been developed by the Surface Instruments Division of the Climate Research and Services (CRS) office of IMD, Pune, jointly with the Water Resources department, Government of Maharashtra. Installation work of weather instruments, including Automatic Weather Station (AWS) and Automatic Rain Gauges (AGS), were actively undertaken in the city’s outskirts during the past few months.

Basic weather information like rainfall and temperature for Pune city and district for the present and the next day will be available on the app.

The app further offers rainfall information collected from more than 100 weather stations across Pune district, which will be updated every 15 minutes. The colour-coded graphical information will also share the rainfall intensity in real time — ranging from light, moderate, heavy, very heavy to extremely heavy rain over a locality.

“The app development is an effort under IMD’s urban meteorology initiative, which involves laying of a meso-network of meteorological instruments across major metro and mega cities that house important infrastructure facilities. IMD cannot single handedly do this task and needs support from local government agencies and water resource departments from these cities,” said K S Hosalikar, head, Surface Instruments Division, CRS, Pune.

IMD is also working on developing similar networks in Ahmedabad, Chennai and cities in Kerala, Hosalikar added.

The app has opened a crowdsourcing option which will allow public to send images and pictures of weather events from their locality in the district in real-time. This information, the IMD officials said, will be used for verification of their forecast and nowcasts.

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