Harsh Vardhan inaugurates India’s highest meteorological centre at Leh

Union Minister of Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the meteorological centre (MC) of the India Meteorological Department at Leh in Ladakh via video conferencing. The centre would provide localised weather forecasts in the region, which would result in strengthening the weather-related early warning system for the region.

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About the centre:

  • The meteorological centre at Leh is the second MC located in the Himalayas. The first such facility is based in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.
  • The facility is located at a height of 3,500 metres, which makes it the highest meteorological centre in India.
  • This new MC will provide short-range (three days,) medium-range (12 days) and long-range (one month) forecast for Leh and Kargil districts of the Union Territory.

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh: Radha Krishna Mathur.

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