He said that if it had been the same in the hilly areas then it would have rained. He said that a better understanding of cloud dynamics was needed for high frequency weather monitoring and better forecasting for Delhi. The geology secretary said there was no science yet to predict the occurrence of heavy local rains, which led to a tragedy at the Amarnath cave temple on Friday evening in which 17 people were killed.
We do not have the science to predict local heavy rainfall in various places. Like earthquakes, we do not have the science to predict rain.
M. Ravichandran, Secretary, Department of Earth Sciences
For the past few weeks, the rain forecast released by the Meteorological Department in the national capital has not been fulfilled. Monday’s forecast by the meteorological department was far from accurate, with some rain forecast for Saturday.