First Thunderstorm Research Testbed of India.

Thunderstorm Testbed in Balalsore-first in India1

6 February 2021.


Accroding to IMD , Balasore in Odisha, is to get the India’s first thunderstorm research testbed .


  • The Director-General of India Meteorological Department, Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra announced that first-of-its-kind monsoon testbed is also being planned near Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Both of these projects are in the planning stage.
  • The Thunderstorm Research Testbed is being established with the objective to minimise the human fatalities and loss of property because of the lightning strikes.

About Thunderstorm testbed:

  • The Thunderstorm testbed will be established in a collaboration among the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Ministry of Earth Sciences, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and India Meteorological Department (IMD).
  • All of these organisations have established their units in Balasore.
  • The observatories will be set up to cater to the adjoining areas.
  • The testbed would be conducting the studies on thunderstorms.
  • The testbed will comprise of several observational networks, radar, auto-station, a full-fledged observatory, a wind profiler and a microwave radiometer.

Why we need a testbed:

  • Many lives are lost in Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand because of lightning strikes during the months of April to June every year.
  • On an average, more than 350 people are killed in Odisha because of lightning strikes.
  • As per a report, in the span of nine years (till 2020), 3218 people have died due to lightning.
  •  Thus, there is a need to set up the testbed to predict the thunderstorm and save life.

About India Meteorological Department (IMD)

  • IMD was established in the year 1875.
  • It is an agency which is responsible for weather forecasting, meteorological observations, and seismology.
  •  The agency works under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
  • The headquarter of IMD is in Delhi.

Who is Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra?

  • He is currently serving as the Director-General of India Meteorological Department.
  • He is often nick-named as ‘Cyclone Man of India’ because of his accurate prediction of cyclones in Indian subcontinent.

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