Fresh yellow warning for Himachal

  1. India Meteorological Department has issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning for snowfall and rain in Himachal Pradesh. India Meteorological department is an agency under the Ministry of Earth Sciences. It is the apex agency responsible for meteorological observations, weather forecasting and seismology.
  2. The IMD issues colour-coded warnings to alert the public ahead of severe or hazardous weather conditions that can cause disruption or damage.
  3. IMD uses four colour codes to indicate various categories of alerts. These colour codes are a) green, b)yellow, c)amber and d) red. These colour codes signify the levels of caution to be taken
  4. Green indicates “no warning” and therefore no actions to be taken. No advisory is issued in such cases. Yellow indicates “be updated” i.e. keeping a watch on the weather situation as it may deteriorate.
  5. Amber indicates “be prepared”. It implies there is an increased likelihood of extremely bad weather. IMD advises people to be alerted. Further, government agencies should be prepared to manage situations arising out of severe weather conditions.
  6. Red indicates “Take action”. Red warning demands necessary action by different agencies.