Pakistan activates new Doppler Radar in Karachi
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday activated a modern doppler weather radar in Karachi after a period of 30 years.
The doppler radar is capable of forecasting rainfall in a radius of about 450kms and strong winds in a radius of about 200kms.
The new radar, which was built at a cost of around Rs1.58 billion, is also capable of providing timely reports of cyclones and other tropical storms in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal regions.
The PMD department had also provided a link to radar imagery on its website. The weather device would be able to detect conditions much faster as compared it its analogue predecessor which was installed in 1991.
The new device was supposed to be activated before the monsoon rains of 2020, however, due to the pandemic, the operation was delayed.
According to met department Director Sardar Sarfraz, the new radar has twice the wavelength as compared to the analogue equipment, which had about a wavelength of 10cm.