Tropical cyclonic storms – Modeling studies in Indian Air Force


  • R. P. SHIVHARE Directorate of Met Air HQ (VB), New Delhi, India
  • V. S. SRINIVAS Directorate of Met Air HQ (VB), New Delhi, India



Air Force Met Section, Research tropical cyclone, MM5 model


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  The Directorate of Meteorology is responsible for the provisioning of weather services for safe conduct of Indian Air Force (IAF) flying operations in the country. The Meteorological (Met) Sections at IAF bases closely monitor a Tropical Cyclone formation, intensification and movement and issue storm warning to safeguard its valuable property that primarily includes Aircrafts. It also provides the weather services for all the helicopter/Aircraft Rescue Operations that are taken up after the fury of the cyclone experienced at a place. Generation of real time forecast from model studies is in the Research Stage in IAF.  A meso-scale model (MM5) studies of super cyclone of Orissa were carried out by IAF Met to generate forecast tracks of the Cyclone using Grell and Kain-Fritsch 2 (with shallow convection) cumulus parameterization scheme.  The Grell scheme indicated the track slightly close to the actual track of the storm. The KF2 scheme led to the generation of the track that indicated the re-curvature of the system in to West Bengal and adjoining regions.




How to Cite

R. P. . SHIVHARE and V. S. . SRINIVAS, “Tropical cyclonic storms – Modeling studies in Indian Air Force ”, MAUSAM, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 135–140, Jan. 2006.



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