World Meteorological Day 2017 – Understanding Clouds

March 23, 2017 7:05 am COMK - Chennai Rains 48

Today is the World Meteorological Day a day that marks the creation of a UN body specializing  in meteorology in the year 1950.  Since 1961  the meteorological community has been celebrating March 23rd as World Meteorological Day.  WMO which has been in the forefront of a lot of developments in this field has been revolving each year’s celebration to a theme. “Climate Knowledge for Climate Action” was the theme of World Meteorological Day in the year 2015, highlighting both recent advances in climate science and the need for decisive measures to limit climate change. The theme for 2016 was “Hotter, drier, wetter. [Read More]

People in Weather – Q& A with Anthony Sagliani

February 8, 2016 7:03 am COMK - Chennai Rains 92

A few weeks back we had started our People in Weather series by featuring Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls of AccuWeather.  The Q&A featuring Jason Nicholls is available in our Archives.  The idea behind the People in Weather series is to create a platform for the weather bloggers to ask Meteorologists questions on various weather intricacies.  Over time we hope to create an interactive platform for the bloggers to reach out to the meteorologists. Today we feature Anthony Sagliani Meteorologist & Scientist with Earth Networks. In the words of Anthony Sagliani a brief bio of him I am a meteorologist and [Read More]

15th Jan. Foundation Day of IMD, 140 Years of Existence

January 15, 2016 6:04 am COMK - Chennai Rains 163

Today is marked as the Foundation Day of IMD, Indian Meteorological Department, to commemorate taking over of H.F. Blanford as Imperial Meteorological Reporter on January 15, 1875.  Not many are aware India is home to some of the oldest meteorological observatories in the world including one in our very own Madras which had an observatory as early as late 18th Century. East India Company had established a fair bit of observatories during the late 18th century & 19th century.  The first one was set up in Calcutta during the year 1785 and Madras followed (now Chennai) in 1796 for studying the [Read More]

People in Weather – Q&A with Jason Nicholls, Senior Meteorologist,AccuWeather

January 13, 2016 6:24 am COMK - Chennai Rains 133

Today we are starting our new initiative a series on People in Weather through which we will try to bring people from different walks of Weather talk about their experiences of being a Weather Forecaster.  In the inaugural post we have Jason Nicholls, Senior Meteorologist & International Forecasting Manager, AccuWeather take questions from our bloggers on his experience & gives us some interesting tips. To the regular followers of @Chennairains twitter handle Jason is a known person who had taken up an active role in providing timely & accurate interpretations of the weather events that impacted Chennai & Tamil Nadu. [Read More]