In the light of decentralization of the services by the department to the public and the other users at state level was introduced in the fourth Five year Plan (1969-1974) which was important landmark in our services and Meteorology was brought to state level after 25 years of Regionalization. These Centers are now responsible for issuing forecast and warnings to all interests in the respective states and maintaining the observatories and work under the supervision of the Six Regional Meteorological Centers (RMC). In all IMD has 20 Meteorological Centers spread over India and working under various RMCs.
Met Centre Chandigarh established in 1980 and Started functioning w.e.f 1st January ,1982. Prime mandate of the Centre is to provide Non Aviation Weather forecast and climate services to Met subdivision of Punjab ,Haryana Chandigarh and its neighbouring area and all other prime users in central/State Govt like Agriculture, Irrigation, Power, Railway, Roadways , Sports, Disaster Management, Relief and rehabilitation. Agromet advisory services in Punjab and Haryana Started with effect from 24 February 1985 to provide exclusive services to Agriculture sector . Prior to its shifting to new office this office had no observatory of its own and used observational data of IAF observatory Installed at IAF Aerodrome, Chandigarh. Since it inception Met Centre Chandigarh expanded its services with state of art communication, Observations systems and is now working with it own premises since 24th August 2009 spread over 1.5 acre of land both for office and residential purpose with six unit at the centre .Centre is equipped with state of art technology with the setting up of High Performance Computing System (HPCS) in November 2009.
- Forecasting Services
- Agromet Services
- Monitoring/maintenance of observational network in Punjab and Haryana
- Supply of Climatological information
- Regional Maintenance Centre for maintenance of Automatic Weather Stations/ Automatic Raingauge station
- Research and development unit
- Digital Met Data Dissemination (DMDD) a ground based satellite System for reception and dissemination of meteorological information.
- High Speed Data Terminal (HSDT) System, a 256 Kbps Data Circuit for transmission and reception of meteorological data.
- High Performance Computing System (HPCS) a platform for high resolution weather modeling.
- Inter Voice Responsive System (IVRS) Weather on telephone
- Surface Observatory
- Automatic Weather station