NASA scientists Dr. Patrick Gatlin and Jonathan Case from Marshall space flight center, Huntsville, AI, USA delivered a special talk on “Monitoring Intense Thunderstorms in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan Region” on 2nd May, 2018 at Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM), TU, Kirtipur.
High Impact Weather Assessment Toolkit (HIWAT) specially designed to facilitate assessments of high impact weather caused by the frequent, intense thunderstorms that affect the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region was introduced during program. Unified Weather Research and Forecasting model is used to provide environmental diagnostics that, when favorable for high impact weather, trigger a high resolution ensemble modelling system to gauge the potential types of intense thunderstorms and related hazard on a given day. In the presentation, it was revealed that 12 different models are using for better probability of forecast. Forecast of short term thunderstorm hazards (lightning, strong wind, extreme rainfall and hailstorm) with high probability will subsequently lead all the human beings to be aware about the upcoming catastrophe either its small or large one. It also will help in mitigating the number of casualties as a consequence of them. And it will ultimately lead us (scientists, researchers and students) gaining trust and forecasting more reliable data.
The Scientists provided the significant coordination and cooperation during the discussion. This program attracted over 40 participants including NAST academician Dr. Madan Lal Shrestha, university faculties, DHM staffs and graduate students.