Harsh Vardhan inaugurates India’s highest meteorological centre at Leh

Highlights:

  • Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the meteorological centre (MC) of the India Meteorological Department at Leh in Ladakh via video conferencing.
  • The centre would provide localised weather forecasts in the region, which would result in strengthening the weather-related early warning system for the region.
  • The meteorological centre at Leh is the second MC located in the Himalayas. 
  • The first such facility is based in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The facility is located at a height of 3,500 metres, which makes it the highest meteorological centre in India.
  • This new MC will provide short-range (three days,) medium-range (12 days) and long-range (one month) forecast for Leh and Kargil districts of the Union Territory.