Saturday, August 1, 2015

STH Stormwatch : Update on depression (Bulletin 27)

Excerpt from IMD Bulletin 27 (Bay of Bengal) issued at 2000h (IST) on 01Aug2015
'The depression over Bangladesh moved west northwestwards and lay centred at 1730 hrs IST of today, the 01 August 2015 over Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining Bangladesh near latitude 23.80N and longitude 88.40E, about 30 km south southeast of Berhampore (West Bengal). It would move west northwestwards and weaken into a well marked low pressure area gradually.'
Comment by Praful Rao
I wish IMD would give more frequent weather bulletins and analysis especially when we are exposed to severe and extreme weather. It is pathetic that position of the storm has been updated after almost 9hrs (Bulletin 26  and information on the storm position was issued at 11.30am this morning after which there was no update till now).
The state of IMD AWS/ARG stations are no less dismal with most of the AWS/ARG stations either non-functional or giving erratic data.
Thank goodness their satellite imagery is different and works almost flawlessly well.

Praful Rao
Dist Darjeeling

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