Pradeep John is a weather blogger, who has become quite popular in the past two to three years.
Pradeep was always fascinated by weather and has been predicting weather by tracking facts and data that is publicly available.
Time and again, I have seen BBC and others predicts one way and Pradeep predict the other way – at the end the rain gods favouring Pradeep’s predictions.
While weather prediction is his passion, he holds an MBA degree, after completing his Bachelors in Engineering and is employed at Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited as a Deputy Manager.
Pradeep writes actively on his facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/tamilnaduweatherman/) . People who know about his writing have started going only to his page to know about the weather anytime.
I got a chance to talk to him during the 2015 Chennai floods and it was during that time that I came to know about how humble and simple he was.
If you read Pradeep John’s facebook posts, you will realize that not only does he explain the current weather conditions, but he also helps to guide the readers on how to analyse and identify the patterns using the data themselves.
I have always wondered why Pradeep should not give up his day job and pick up weather related activities as his full time work 🙂
In fact, I have learnt a lot about tracking the weather by following some of his useful tips. Some of them are:
Indian Meteorological Department: http://imd.gov.in
- Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Agency: https://twitter.com/tnsdma
- Realtime Flooding levels in Chennai: https://www.riskmap.in/map/chennai
- Water levels at lakes in and around Chennai: http://chennaimetrowater.tn.nic.in/public/lake.htm
The video above is another link picked up from his facebook page. This video explains how to interpret the doppler radar readings to understand the data given on the Indian Government weather website.
Pradeep’s blogging style matches the key elements I always recommend to any blogger:
- Focus: He focuses on the topic of weather predictions based on facts.
- Consistency: His style is consistent – he explains using simple words to help people understand weather.
- Frequency: He writes often based on the need. During monsoons, two or three times (or even more) in a day and during other times once or twice a week.
As you can see, I have become a big fan of Pradeep John, the Tamilnadu Weatherman. Pradeep’s story is remarkable because what he does as a passion actually is a service to mankind and a boon to millions of people. Rare to find such noble souls in this world and hence hats off to Pradeep for his service.