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“Satellite Meteorology in India”: Review Paper by Prof R R Kelkar

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Prof R R Kelkar’s latest review paper entitled “Satellite Meteorology in India: Its Beginning, Growth and Future” has been published in Mausam, January 2019, Vol 70, pp. 1-14.

Satellite meteorology had its beginning in India in 1965 when the first facility to receive images from U.S. meteorological satellites was established in Mumbai. More such stations were set up later and field meteorologists used satellite images as value addition to their synoptic charts. But satellite meteorology truly came of age in India in 1982 with the launch of India’s own satellite INSAT-1A. With the launch of many subsequent satellites in the INSAT series, satellite meteorology has grown from strength to strength in terms of capability and application. INSAT-3D is by far India’s most sophisticated meteorological satellite having an advanced imager as well as a sounder. A host of quantitative products are being derived operationally from its data. Satellite inputs have helped to improve steadily the accuracy of weather forecasts in India and thereby reduce the loss of life associated with catastrophic events particularly tropical cyclones. Satellites of the future are likely to have innovative orbits and sensors providing new perspectives of the global atmosphere and oceans.

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Filmy Weather (39): Kedarnath, or Love and Hate in the Time of Rain

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It was in March 2018 that I wrote my previous post in this series. This long break was due to my inability to go to a movie theatre. When I could overcome my temporary immobility, I decided to watch “Kedarnath” for a variety of reasons. First, it was Sara Ali Khan’s debut film, and I have been her grandmother’s ardent fan! Second, it was a disaster movie, and I always like to see how films depict the India Meteorological Department’s role in weather-related disasters, if at all. Third, I had seen Sara’s aunt Soha Ali Khan in another disaster movie, Tum Mile (2009), and I wanted to make a comparison.

There is no doubt that Sara Ali Khan, with all the actor’s genes in her, carries the entire film and steals the show as Mukku, the vivacious mountain girl. But it is not without the help of Sushant Singh Rajput who graciously allows her to do that, literally carrying her on his back in his role as Mansur, the Pitthoo.

Among the many songs of Kedarnath, Qaafirana is nice and sweet: “Aise Tum Mile Ho, Aise Tum Mile Ho, Jaise Mil Rahi Ho Itar Se Hawa…”. But the perfume does not linger long in the air. Soon afterwards the atmosphere gets vitiated by the stench of hatred, jealousy, separation, misunderstanding, shrewdness, ambition and all. To all this, the environment adds its own woes. Kedarnath does not have just the one mandatory rain song that Hindi movies are required to have. Here, all life including rituals, ceremonies, weddings, arguments, and fights, goes on in the midst of heavy downpours. In one scene, where it is not raining, the heroine is immersed in freezing river water many times as if in compensation. Even when there are no visuals of rain, the film has the sound of pouring rain in the background. The audiography is so realistic that one feels that it is literally raining over the roof of the movie theatre!

In Tum Mile, the Meteorological Department was shown to be a place where people played carrom to pass the time, oblivious of the rain. Kedarnath has a brief sequence showing quite a high-tech Meteorological Department in action, with the staff discussing the situation arising from a low pressure area developing in the Bay of Bengal.

Tum Mile like Kedarnath, was also a disaster movie, but it was singularly focussed on the Mumbai rain event of 26 July 2005. Kedarnath while dealing with the cloudburst of 16 June 2013, attempts to tackle several problems in one go, and obviously cannot succeed. It has inter-faith conflicts, family discords, poverty, hazards of mountain life, all on the agenda. But it does deal with the Uttarakhand disaster in some detail, simulating the cloudburst process pretty well and using actual documentary footage of the tragic events. If the lesson it wants to teach is that man should not disturb the balance of the environment, then it does that effectively.

Kedarnath is about human beings seeking God residing on an inaccessible mountain top. But do they find him? And what do they do after finding him? These and other questions remain unanswered. Like, why does God allow natural disasters to happen? What role does he play at that time? Is it his way of disciplining those he loves? Is it his intention to restore order in an unruly and reckless world? And if an ordinary disaster can be so horrible, what will happen on his final day of judgment?

See also: Filmy Weather (9): Tum Mile, Love in the Time of Rain

Prof R R Kelkar’s Article in Marathi about Hailstorms

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An article about hailstorms over Maharashtra written by Prof R R Kelkar was published in the 17 Feb 2018 issue of the Marathi weekly newspaper, Zee Marathi Disha, Mumbai.

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An Article on “The Music of the Monsoon”

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An article by Prof R R Kelkar entitled “The Music of the Monsoon” has been published on 8 September 2017 in the IAPT-IISER journal Physics Education. Click on the link to read.

http://www.physedu.in/publication/webspecials/PE-WS17-09-085

New Marathi Article by Dr Ranjan Kelkar

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An article in Marathi entitled “Monsoon Samjoon Gheuya” by Dr Ranjan Kelkar was published in the newspaper Agrowon dated 29 June 2017. 

170629 Article Agrowon Monsoon Progress

Prof R R Kelkar’s TV Interview on the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar was interviewed by Dr Uday Nirgudkar on the subject of the monsoon in the Heart to Heart programme of the Marathi news channel Z 24 Taas on 10 June 2017. Click on the link below to watch it on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wu7ew1w28aE

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http://zeenews.india.com/marathi/video/heart-to-heart-with-dr-ranjan-kelkar-10th-june-2017/368262

Download E-book “Maharashtrache Havaman” “महाराष्ट्राचे हवामान” ई-बुक डाउनलोड करा

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Dr Ranjan Kelkar’s new book in Marathi on the weather and climate of Maharashtra


Click here to download the E-book ई-बुक डाउनलोड करायला येथे क्लिक करा

Pages: 136

PDF file size: 4mb

Book review published by Agrowon newspaper of 7 May 2017: 

170604 Book Review Agrowon Maharashtrache Havaman

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