Will it rain? You can answer that question yourself by mastering the art of reading weather


When Pradeep John refers to ‘Red Thakkali’, it has nothing to do with a recipe or a grocery record. It means intense thunderstorm.

The Chennai-based weather blogger — higher often called Tamil Nadu Weatherman, due to his standard Facebook web page with 6,67,000 members — has popularised weather forecasting as a interest. And, in a rustic in the grip of a pandemic, a rising tribe of beginner forecasters are utilizing their spare time to make predictions about this monsoon.

It helps that Pradeep has simplified and made the examine of pure phenomena enjoyable, with catchy phrases like damal dumeel (loud thunder) and pichu pedal eduthufying (heavy rains). He believes the spike in cloud watchers, particularly in Tamil Nadu, is as a result of rain will get quite a bit of consideration in the State, not simply amongst folks however in the media too. Especially after Chennai’s floods in 2015.

Now, on Facebook alone there are a bunch of teams — resembling Chennai Weather Reports and Cyclone Forms, Kongunadu Weather Trackers, Weather of India and Weatherman Kerala Followers — with a formidable following. They tirelessly talk about all issues weather, between perusing maps and pictures lined in colour-coded arrows.

Weather blogger Pradeep John

Weather blogger Pradeep John  
| Photo Credit: R. Ravindran

Over the final 5 years, Pradeep has observed a surge in curiosity on this subject. The motive he believes is as a result of “In Tamil Nadu especially, rain is a matter of concern. Without rain there is the fear of drought and with rain there are floods. It is diversified and unique when you compare it to other parts of India,” he explains.

For Pradeep, (an worker at Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services), the pleasure of watching rain bought him excited about weather. “The Hindu newspaper used to hold rainfall statistics for the season, MSLV chart… There was no Google then. I began gathering these pictures from the newspaper. This was manner again in 1994 and I used to be in Class VII,” he remembers.

A map showing wind convergence in the coastal areas

By 2009, Pradeep found a number of different fanatics on-line, some excited about clouds, some in rainfall. They bought collectively and realized mutually. “In 2008 I had my own blog, Tamil Nadu Weatherman, but I also used to blog on websites like KEA Weather and Vagaries of the Weather. It was Rajesh Kapadia of Vagaries of the Weather who taught me how to start and go about things,” says Pradeep, who arrange his Facebook web page in 2014. (It rocketed to reputation throughout the 2015 floods.)

Weather forecasting is an curiosity that doesn’t want any tools or funding. “There are so many weathermen pages on social media now,” he says. One such, is Chengalpattu weather man began by 18-year-old Samuel Jauaraj in December 2019.

In 2012, when Cyclone Nilam made landfall close to Mamallapuram, Samuel, watched wide-eyed as highly effective winds swept throughout the land. “When I was a little older, I started my personal Facebook page to follow Pradeep John’s page and I started reading blogs about forecasting weather. I also used to follow SR Ramanan’s (former Director, Area Cyclone Warning Centre, Regional Meteorological Department) weather updates,” says Samuel.

Samuel Jauaraj

Every evening between 10 pm to 1 am, Samuel sits at his laptop studying about the weather system. He seems at satellite tv for pc pictures, toggles between completely different internet pages, whereas making notes in his diary. “I am trying to understand how it has been tracked in the last three decades,” says the first 12 months pupil of Computer Engineering from SRM faculty.

Currently, his fledging Facebook web page has almost 500 followers. “Around 70% of the time, what I predict is accurate. Well, more than predicting, it’s just me inferring from various charts and models,” says Samuel. He depends on satellite tv for pc pictures and portals like WeatherBug and Skymetweather.

Is there strain to be appropriate all the time? After a nervous snicker, he solutions, “Sometimes a few people ask why isn’t it raining, you said it would. But I am only a beginner.”

Eyes on the sky

Mumbai-based Rajesh Kapadia, one of India’s earliest weather bloggers, says that over the final three months he has acquired extra queries, and viewership on his web page — Vagaries of the Weather began in 2007 — has gone up by 40%.

Rajesh Kapadia

“With a lot of people working from home, time is not a factor now. While the older lot just wants to know what the weather is going to be like, people in the age group of 25-35 are keen to learn more,” says Rajesh. “They ask me why a low pressure is not forming or what are the basic things that prevent it, and I answer on my website, which has received more than three million hits.”

Rajesh has been an fanatic ever since he was 12 and took journeys to the IMD in Mumbai to take a look at the maps and charts. “Back then, the satellite images used to come just once a day at 4.30 pm,” he says.

It is quite a bit simpler now, he provides, with wind charts, weather charts and satellite tv for pc pictures out there at a click on. This may very well be another excuse why curiosity is choosing up. Or it may very well be the challenges that excite folks. For instance, Rajesh says that there are 16 parameters to take a look at for the South-West monsoon and eight to 10 for the North-East monsoon.

In his late 60s now, Rajesh, a retired industrialist, continues to maintain himself up to date. “Over the last few months, I took a few online courses from Harvard on Meteorology, Cyclone and Fronts,” he says. Pradeep too is of the opinion that it is necessary to remain up to date continuously. He provides, “And experience helps too.”

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