When the French scientist Dr. Yann Chemin during a visit to the southern Sri Lanka was trying to protect himself from “being cooked like a lobster,” with not a cloud above him, his app on the phone gave him quite a bewildering weather report.

“I was baffled as to how it could be cloudy and raining (according to the weather report) when actually it was baking-hot,” he remarked.

The idea of increasing the number of weather stations in the country, thereby enhancing the accuracy of weather reporting, was conceived as a result by Chemin, a scientist from the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Sri Lanka. As he says, “the need is simply overwhelming.”


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