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Patna Meteorological Observatory achieves centennial observing station status

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The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, has awarded the Patna meteorological observatory status in recognition of its long-term meteorological observation that exceeds 100 years.

The recognition has been obtained as a result of extensive consultation and close collaboration among WMO climate experts, networks and instruments representing the technical commissions of WMO, the Global Climate Observing System.

The director of the Patna meteorological center, Vivek Sinha, said that the WMO made the decision to confer the status of ‘centenary observing station’ to the meteorological observatory at its 72nd executive council meeting held in September 2020.

“With this recognition, Patna has joined a niche club of cities that have a long-term history of scientific observation in the fields of meteorology, climatology and applied science. These observatories are unique sources of information on atmospheric parameters, ”said Sinha.

Established in 1867, the Patna Meteorological Observatory is among the first observatories established by the then British Corps of Engineers.

According to MeT officials, observations were initially taken twice a day at 9:30 a.m. M. And at 3.30 p. M. Local time and subsequently the frequency increased to four and then eight observations at three-hour intervals. Responsibility for the observation and management of all meteorological offices was transferred to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) after it was formally established in 1875.

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