Mumbai’s first private weather station grid coming up

These weather station can provide details like indoor and outdoor temperature, atmospheric pressure, rainfall in cm / mm, wind speed, wind direction, humidity, due point, UV light and so on.

In a unique initiative, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is soon going to have a grid of private mini-weather stations.

The first one was commissioned last week at the Antop Hill Warehousing Complex at Wadala East by Ankur Puranik, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Om Energy Savers.

Puranik, a technocrat-entrepreneur, who is also a HAM enthusiast and founder of Disaster Amateur Radio Emergency Services (DARES), is already in touch with several colleagues, friends, and hobbyists, and the grid will take shape very soon.

These weather stations can provide details on indoor and outdoor temperature, atmospheric pressure, rainfall in cm /mm, wind speed, wind direction, humidity, due point, ultraviolet light and so on.

"In Mumbai, there are people who have mini weather stations… but they don’t have an interface or interaction with the public as such. These are in farms and farmhouses or flats... we are going to have it for public use and help," Puranik told DH, on Sunday.

"I started mine and announced it last week. Several friends have come forward to start a network," he said, adding that very soon there would be several mini weather stations set up in Mumbai and parts of the neighboring districts of Palghar, Thane, and Raigad.

"We are also in the process of creation of a website which would be giving out the data on a regular basis," said Puranik.

He said that these mini weather stations are available online and the price range is between Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000.

"Definitely, the ones used by the India Meteorological Department is much costlier, better and accurate,” he said, adding that he wants amateurs to chip in and have as many such private stations and in locations where they don’t have network.

"In fact, we can provide our records to the government agencies as well," he said, pointing out how HAMs set up a parallel communication system during the Ganapathi immersions and emergencies.  

"Many individuals abroad have their own weather stations but in India, there are hardly any," he said, adding that for importing these or installing these, no permissions are required.

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