Colour Coded Weather Warning
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I- Geography
- In News: The Met department issued a fresh yellow weather warning for heavy rain and snowfall accompanied by thunderstorm and lightning in Himachal Pradesh
- Colour-coded warnings are issued by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD)
- Parent Ministry: Ministry of Earth Sciences.
- Objective: To alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather which has the potential to cause damage, widespread disruption or danger to life.
- IMD uses four colour codes to indicate various categories of alerts
- Green (All is well): No action is required and No advisory is issued.
- Yellow (Be Aware): It indicates severely bad weather panning across several days. It also suggests that the weather could change for the worse, causing disruption in day-to-day activities.
- Orange / Amber (Be prepared): It is issued as a warning of extremely bad weather with the potential of disruption in commute with road and rail closures, and interruption of power supply.
- The sounding of the orange alert is a sign for people to prepare for evacuation, keep food packets ready and protect themselves and their family from bad weather.
- Red (Take Action): When the extremely bad weather conditions are certainly going to disrupt travel and power, and has significant risk to life, the red alert is issued. In this case, people must take all measures to protect their families and follow the instructions of local authorities and disaster-response teams