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Unpredictable weather but hi-tech radar in cold storage

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Originally Published in the Sunday Times

The Meteorology (Met) Department’s 200 million rupee Doppler radar installed in 2011 has not been used and parts of it are now being sent back to the US manufacturer for repairs. The matter has been raised by the Auditor General’s Department which points out that, even though the Met Department is constantly criticised over the inaccuracy of its weather forecasts, the Doppler radar system established at Deniyaya has not been used to gather information even as at August this year.

Met Department Director General L. Chandrapala said the Doppler radar experienced technical issues after its installation. “Some of the parts of the radar have to be repaired,” he said. “They are not simple ones, they are heavy parts and we are working now on sending them back to the manufacturer in the US.”

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