AWS

Early Warning System and Communication as per National Disaster Management Guidelines: Management of Urban Flooding, NDMA, Government of India.

"Local Networks with automatic weather station will be installed in all 2309 Class I, II and III cities and towns with a density of 1 per 4 sq km. Class I cities will be covered by the end of 2012 and the rest by the end of 2015"

 

Country’s first private weather station :

Imported and assembled by civil engineer Vinay Nikam along with Siddharth Aryamane, the Automatic Weather Station (AWS) provides real-time information on temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall in a four-kilometer radius from Thane station to the toll naka.

While it’s impossible to compare the accuracy of the system Nikam has set up with the Met department’s readings (which are restricted to Colaba and Santa Cruz), the sceptics would argue it can’t be more off the mark anyway.

His readings are processed and uploaded on www.envirocon.in.

Siddharth Aryamane, the designer of the website has added several features had been included that would prove extremely valuable. For example, if the rainfall is measured at more than 50 mm per hour, instant SMS alerts are sent to disaster management officials in TMC.

With a range of up to 300 km, the radar is designed to transmit quick and accurate information by sending hundreds of microwaves to a moving weather system. This information should enable the Met Department to predict turbulent weather, storm or showers within a few hours, which rarely happens.

Vinay Nikam stands with the Automatic Weather Station (AWS). (L) The anemometer has two parts – the upper blade measures the direction of the wind, and the three wind cups at the bottom measure wind speed, based on the number of rotations. The conical rain gauge measure amount of rainfall.

Nikam and his friend Siddharth Aryamane watch the readings, which pass through a sensor and are then processed on a laptop. The data then gets uploaded on to a server and their website.

The entire project has also been featured on Times of India. You can read the article here.