'What you predict depends on the initial data that you input to your model. If initial values (observations) are incorrect, errors add up and forecast results are wrong.'
'We are very serious in our quest to reduce the initial value errors.'
'To do that, we are augmenting our network of rain gauges and observation stations, and plan to have one observation every 25x25 km.'
Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, 54, popularly known as the Cyclone Man of India, has assumed the top job at the India Meteorological Department as the director general of meteorology.
Hailing from a coastal Odisha village and having observed numerous cyclones in his lifetime as a specialist, Mohapatra, below, speaks to Abhishek Waghmare as he aims to become an able generalist and be an "institution builder" at the met department as he sets his goals for his term till 2024.