Automatic weather station installed at Payamkuttimala Eco Tourism Spot in Kozhikode
Vatakara: An automatic weather station that can detect transitions in weather patterns was installed at Payamkuttimala Eco Tourism Spot. The weather details, including the amount of rainfall, is updated every 15 minutes. The information collected by this station will be updated at equal intervals on India Meteorological Department’s website.
There was no automatic system to mark the level of rainfall in Vatakara and neighbouring places. There is a rain gauge installed in Puthuppanam but the details from this take a long time to reach desired destinations. It is impossible to issue flood warnings relying solely on this information.
Following the floods of 2018 and 2019, 400 automatic weather stations were allowed to be built across the country. Out of this, 100 stations were allotted for Kerala.
The installation cost of one station is around Rs 10 lakh. The station will hint at the possibility of extreme rainfall and rehabilitation plans can be etched out well in advance using this information.
Apart from the amount of rainfall, weather updates including atmospheric temperature, humidity, and speed of wind in different directions will be generated by the station.
The plan for installing the weather station was prepared by Kerala State Disaster Management Authority. Only a small plot of land is required for this. Weather stations have been installed in Vilangadu, Urumi, Kunnamangalam, Kozhikode and Kakkayam.