IMD DG Mrutyunjay Mohapatra at CSIR-NIScPR

Climate change leads to an increase in the frequency of extreme weather events. While India’s forecasting and early warning system is excellent at predicting large-scale severe weather, small-scale weather events like thunderstorms and lightning pose a challenge.

The Director General (DG) of Meteorology at Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Dr. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra shared this on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED) at the Indian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. National Institute for Science Communication and Policy Research (CSIR-NIScPR).

Deliver the WED conference on June 6, Dr Mohapatra said that “small scale extreme weather events like thunderstorms, lightning are increasing”. He said that while the number of deaths from cyclones has dropped significantly, the number of deaths from lightning is on the rise. “Every year, about 3,000 people die from lightning.”

Small-scale weather events are therefore firmly on the weather radar. “The priority now is to target not only large-scale weather systems, but also small-scale weather systems,” Dr Mohapatra said.

When it comes to India’s early warning system in general, “India is second to none,” said the DG of IMD.

Dr. Mohapatra is affectionately known as ‘India’s Cyclone Man’ for his cyclone forecasting and early warning prowess, which is said to have helped minimize the loss of life during many cyclones. He heads the cyclone warning division of the IMD.

In his lecture on June 6, he made a timely and necessary reminder that we human beings are also part of the environment, even if it does not appear to be so. “When you talk about the environment, we certainly feel like we’re not part of it. It’s something that surrounds all of us. But we’re also part of the environment,” he said.

He explained that while comfort has increased at the individual level over the decades, the environment has deteriorated. “Comfort is not sustainable. It becomes threatened by changes in the environment,” he said.

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