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Prof R R Kelkar’s New Book on “Weather Satellites”

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Prof R R Kelkar’s new book on “Weather Satellites” has been co-published by BSP Books, Hyderabad, and the Indian Meteorological Society, New Delhi. Click on the link below for details.

http://bspublications.net/book_detail.php?bid=1372

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Prof R R Kelkar’s Marathi Article about the Upcoming Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar has published an article in Marathi in the 22 April 2018 issue of Sakal Saptarang. It discusses the prospects of the 2018 monsoon in the backdrop of the recent long range forecast of IMD. Click on the thumbnails to read.

        

 

 

Prof R R Kelkar’s Interview on DD Sahyadri About the Monsoon

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Prof R R Kelkar was interviewed by DD Sahyadri channel on 17 April 2018 in the backdrop of the recent long range forecast of monsoon rainfall. Click on the link below to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4a83IbXH24&feature=share

Prof R R Kelkar’s Article in Marathi about the Summer of 2018

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Prof R R Kelkar has published an article in the 7 April 2018 issue of Zee Marathi Disha, in which he has discussed issues related to the hot summer season of 2018. Click on the thumbnails to read.

     

Filmy Weather (38): “What’s Up Lagna”, with a Monsoon Song

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While I am proud as an Indian citizen of the tremendous progress we have made from the “khat likh de sawariya ke naam babu” era to the present internet age, I am happy as a meteorologist that Indian films still follow that old practice of having at least one rain scene. The new Marathi movie, What’s Up Lagna, is no exception. It has that mandatory rain song Tu Jarashi showing Aakash (Vaibhav Tatwawaadi) and Ananya (Prarthana Behere) getting drenched on their honeymoon night. They invoke the monsoon, and lo and behold, the monsoon obliges, along with chilly winds, starry skies, soft shadows and moist soil. The singers are Hrishikesh Ranade and Nihira Joshi. Music is by Nilesh Moharir. Here are the lyrics composed by Ashwini Shende:

Man paavsali vaare Sparsh Olasar Maati
Mag Savalya Sukhachya An Ghatta Bilgun Yeti
Hi Raat Othatali Darvalate Chandane
Aahe Aturale Halave He Ek Maagane
Tu Jarashi.. Ye Uraashi..

Ya Savalya Nashechi Hava Gaar Oghalate
Lay Aaj Dehachi Alvaar Viraghalate
Tu Sodvun Jashi Tari Majhe Guntane
Aahe Aaturale Halave He Ek Maagane
Tu Jarashi.. Ye Uraashi..

Ya Pavasala Jara Mag Aarjave Karavi
Aapuli Tahaan Vedi Ardhi Ardhi Vhavi
Man Utu Jaate Aata Ase Tayche Saandane
Aahe Aaturale Halave He Ek Maagane
Tu Jarashi.. Ye Uraashi..

The movie has three more beautiful songs but the video promos are better than those actually picturised in the film.

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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“Cloud and Sunshine” Now Among the Top 100 Weather Blogs

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Feedspot.com, a content reading site, has surveyed thousands of weather blogs around the world and ranked the Top 100 on the basis of the following criteria:
• Google reputation and Google search ranking
• Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites
• Quality and consistency of posts
• Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

I am happy to learn that my blog on weather and climate, “Cloud and Sunshine” (https://rrkelkar.wordpress.com), finds a place among these Top 100 Weather Blogs. Started in May 2007, my blog remains popular to this day and has recorded 389,000 hits so far.

The list of Feedspot’s Top 100 Weather Blogs and Websites For Meteorologists as of 12 January 2018 is available at https://blog.feedspot.com/weather_blogs/ “Cloud and Sunshine” ranks 54 out of these 100. I am happy with this global ranking considering that many of the other toppers are web sites operated by meteorological services and institutions.

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