What Is The Difference Between IMD's Red, Orange, Yellow Alerts? & How It's Decided?
The unusually hot summer is showing its true colours across India as the mercury is settling several degrees above the normal in many states. After the rising mercury levels and the sweltering heat Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) recently issued a different coloured warning to depict different messages.
Whenever the weather conditions are not favourable for people, the Meteorological Department issues the Orange, Red Yellow and Green alerts. What is the difference between IMD’s Orange, Red and Yellow alerts? Here is everything you need to know.
About India Meteorological Department (IMD)
In the year 1875, the Government of India established the India Meteorological Department, bringing all meteorological work in the country under a central authority. Mr H. F. Blanford was appointed Meteorological Reporter to the Government of India. "Adityat Jayate Vrishti" ("Sun is the cause of rain") the motto of IMD is taken from the ancient text 'Manusmriti'.
What are IMD's Colour-Coded Warnings?
These warnings are issued by the IMD, whenever the weather conditions are favourable for the onset of monsoon, flood or any cyclone. And the main objective of these warnings is to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause damage, widespread disruption or danger to life. Mostly IMD issue a four colour codes warning, these warnings are:
1. What is a Yellow alert by IMD?
This colour tells us to 'Watch' the weather and calls for administrators to 'Be Updated'. This is associated with weather events that can presently pose relatively less harm but have the potential to cause impact. Forecasts of thunderstorms, heavy rains, strong winds, heat or cold waves, and rough sea conditions can all lead to this alert.
2. What is an Orange alert by IMD?
The colour indicates an 'Alert' or 'Be Prepared'. Such alerts are issued when there is very heavy rainfall, severe heat or cold wave, or when an impactful storm approaches. Residents must be prepared to safeguard themselves and plan well before stepping out if their region falls under this alert category.
3. What is a Red alert by IMD?
It's a clear 'Warning' and is a call to 'Take Action'. Such warnings are often associated with extremely heavy rains, damaging winds, extreme heat or cold, severe cyclones etc. If there is a red alert in your region, you should not step out without sufficient preparations and must take action to be safe.
4. What does green alert mean?
This represents 'No Warning' and means 'No Action' is required. The days will be more or less pleasant, and weather events may have very minimal impact on day-to-day life in the region.
These IMD alerts are universal in nature and are also issued during floods, Heatwave, cyclones, rain, snowfall and cold wave-like conditions.For more trending stories, follow us on Telegram.