R.Pradeep writes about Tamilnadu Weather on his facebook page “Tamil Nadu Weatherman” with few lakh facebook followers and 10 lakh plus blog views. Pradeep John, an independent weather forecaster, made accurate predictions during the Chennai floods of 2015 and 2016 Vardah cyclone.
Pradeep, “[Y]ou have to also remember, the work I am doing here needs constant monitoring and to be honest, I spend more time here than even spending time with my family. Most importantly he is not a meteorologist nor an expert in Weather.” His passion for weather and love for rains has created a brand for himself.
The latest Tweets from TamilNadu Weatherman (@praddy06). I am not doing this full time, so my updates will be mostly during non office hours. In the days of heavy rains, i break this self imposed rule. Chennai, Tamil Nadu
R.Pradeep John,”I am not an expert in Weather nor the official forecaster. I am just an interpreter of weather and this is the way I do it.”
Pradeep is now a Social Media Celebrity which started as a blog in 2008 where he would post rainfall related posts such as, 20 Rainfall Stations in India, Top One Day Rainfall, etc. He loves to visit places with high rainfall every year. He also loves to play chess.
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His Facebook page says.
If you are new to this page, please know that I am not a meteorologist nor an expert in Weather. Just like you, I have to go to an office daily and travel consumes 3 hours of my time. Sometimes, due to my work, I would not be able to post. You have to also remember, the work I am doing here needs constant monitoring and to be honest, I spend more time here than even spending time with my family. At some point, it will be raining somewhere in Tamil Nadu and it is impossible to update on daily basis or each and every place in Tamil Nadu as and when it rains. I am trying post to the best of my interpretation skills seeing various sources of weather.
In the days of heavy rains anywhere in Tamil Nadu, I try to update often as that was objective in which the page was started. Not to post on daily basis, but whatever I post should be useful to someone. This page will also cover interesting weather events in India. If you don’t like what I put or the reasoning I give, you can ignore my page and move on. It doesn’t mean you can come and question me about what happened to your forecast or something like that. Just put me in yourself, giving a forecast to the public is not easy and the stress of the event coming true or false has immense stress.
Political posts must be strictly avoided. In case of any clarification or personal opinion on weather, you can message me in an inbox and the conversations must be strict weather and nothing else.
You can also follow his twitter account, Tamilnadu Weatherman.
As told to The Weekend Leader “The 2015 floods were a turning point. My posts on the rains went viral and by mid-December, my page had more than 60,000 ‘likes’ and I was receiving around 3,000 messages a day,” recalls Pradeep.
“I interpret the data collected from various sources and make predictions. I get the same data that is available to the met department. They might get some exclusive data during cyclones, but eventually, it boils down to your interpretation skills for making predictions,” says Pradeep, who warned of the severity of Vardah cyclone in December last year in a detailed post on his Facebook page ahead of the met department.
“Two days before the cyclone hit Chennai, the met department said it would make landfall near Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, but I posted that it was coming to Chennai. The next day I predicted that wind speeds would touch 100kmph,” he says.
It is only obvious now that people have gained confidence in him that they consult him before any important functions.
You would be surprised to know his resources details.
“I interpret the data collected from various sources and make predictions. I get the same data that is available to the met department. They might get some exclusive data during cyclones, but eventually, it boils down to your interpretation skills for making predictions,” says Pradeep.
Before he did not have much access to pieces of equipment, and would usually use traditional ways to understand the rainfall. Much earlier he used to dig holes near the compound only to know how much it has rained.
“I had the time of my life watching the rain then. When everyone at home would ask me to come in, and not linger by the window, I just sat there watching the rain in amazement. The sound of the rain calmed me. I knew that this was special,” as told to The Better India.
He would make deep potholes in his colony so so he could measure the rainfall, and see how fast it filled up. Today, thanks to easy access to better equipment, – even school kids have access to high-end rain gauges, he says
He makes very complex term easy for his followers. This is the main reason for his ever-growing fan base.
This particular incident made him realise the importance of social media after which he started taking social media seriously. There is no looking back after that.
This is what now Social Media Experts are saying about the Brand “Tamilnadu Weather Man”
“I remember once I posted something on Facebook, two hours later that same message got forwarded to me via Whatsapp by a friend. That is when I realised the reach of social media.”
You would be amazed at the kind and types of comments people give him and he over flooded with comments during the rainy season.
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