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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Always check the weather before travelling

Better be on the safer side and make a check of weather forecasts and alerts

Satellite image of cyclone Phailin by NASA, MODIS/ LANCE [Public Domain] via Wikimedia Commmons

It is always better to keep an eye on the weather, especially if you are going on a tour or travelling someplace. This month in October 2013, Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) was hit by cyclone Phailin and earlier this year during the monsoons, in June 2013 Uttarakhand was hit by heavy rains following floods and devastation. Better be on the safer side and make a check of weather forecasts and alerts for the place you are planning to travel.

Weather forecasts may not be 100 per cent accurate, but it does help to get some information on the possible weather conditions for the place you have planned to go to. Now, apart from online portals, there are many apps for the ones with smartphones.

A warning was issued by the Met department[1] as cyclone Phailin was moving towards the eastern coastline in Bay of Bengal. This was telecasted by all the news media. Severe weather alerts will be telecasted in the news media.

Even then, it is always advisable to check the weather before embarking on a tour or journey, during any season, as bad weather can play spoil sport in your fun trip or excursion. Things can turn ugly if the bad weather worsens.

Some Helpful External Links:
Here are some handy portals online where you can get forecasts and weather warnings:

[1] India Meteorological Department (IMD) Weather forecasts and warnings.
(Also referred to as the Met Department, IMD is an agency of the Ministry of Earth Sciences of the Government of India.) You can find can find severe weather warnings, weather bulletins and forecasts for all of India in their website.

[2] by Norwegian Meteorological Institute and Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

There are many commercial or non commercial weather services with various features and also apps for smartphones, where you can get the weather for almost any desired location, such as:
[3] The Weather Channel
[4] Skymet Weather - Weather forecast for India
[5] Weather Underground
[6] AccuWeather

Cite This

"Always check the weather before travelling", by Pradeep Hegde, on Trayaan ( . Published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.
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