About Us

About Me

Hello there! My name is Yatharth Verma and thanks for coming to view my website.

Also known by the nickname ‘Baba’, I am from a city called Chandigarh, located in the Shiwalik Foothills, in Northern India. I am blessed to be living with people I love the most, my parents, my wife and my eight year old boy. Since childhood I have had a keen interest in all things electronic, and all things that could fly. And both these things led to a lot of experimenting, some done right and some gone horribly wrong. From making mobile phone jammers, to making wings for me to experience flying, the experimentation bug has always been there. I am an avid Yoga enthusiast and like studying Hindu mythology.

One of my many myriad hobbies is amateur radio. My callsign is VU3NUF. I interact with fellow hobbyists whenever I can find time. One of the things that my son and I love doing is downloading images from weather satellites and thus this website. Viewing weather images, deciphering them, predicting weather and then checking if we were proven right or wrong, is exactly how I starting developing an interest in weather satellite images.

About the City

Chandigarh has a story, but no history. It’s a city barely 58 years old that has been raised from ground up, with architectural blueprints. A city planned from scratch, by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.

Located in the Himalayan range foothills, it is a well-planned city, with tree lined roads, ample green spaces and parks. A lake, small jungles on the outskirts, it can be aptly described as idyllic. A 2015 BBC article, listed Chandigarh as one of the perfect cities of the world in terms of architecture, cultural growth and modernisation. In 2016, UNESCO declared the Chandigarh Capitol Complex as a World Heritage Site.

Chandigarh is the twin capital to the states of Punjab and Haryana, but doesn’t belong to either state. It is a Union Territory, and is controlled and run directly by the Union Government. 

Chandigarh has a humid subtropical climate ( Köppen : Cwa), characterised by a seasonal rhythm: very hot summers, cold winters, unreliable rainfall and great variation in temperature (−1 °C to 46 °C OR 30.2 °F to 114 °F). The average annual rainfall is 1110.7 mm. The city also receives occasional winter rains from the Western Disturbance originating over the Mediterranean Sea. The city experiences five seasons, Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn and Winter.

Having born, and brought up here, I know that there is no other city that I would have my son grow up in. It’s the perfect place to call home.

About the Website

This website was created for its purposive usefulness for residents of Chandigarh and surrounding areas, and for the tourists who visit the city. NOAA satellite images are updated four times daily, on the website, both as individual maps and a composite map. The satellite name, date & time of pass, direction and maximum elevation, are all displayed in the map image table. A chart showing the next available overhead passes of the weather satellites, along with their downlink frequencies is also displayed on the website for reference. A widget from Meteoblue, displays the 7-day weather forecast of the city. Up-to-date images of the Sun’s corona showing solar flares, and photosphere depicting magnetic fields, courtesy NASA and Solar Dynamics Observatory, are also re-published on our website.

Our website is privately owned and operated, and should not be considered an official authority on weather reporting. Both our website and station are a hobby and experiment in weather-related computing.

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About the Station

Our station comprises an R820T2 RTL-SDR (software defined radio), connected to a homebrew QFH (Quadrifilar Helix) antenna. A DSP application for Software Defined Radio’s, SDR Sharp, is run in conjunction with Orbitron, a satellite tracking software for automatic tracking of NOAA satellites, on a computer running Microsoft Windows 8.1. Once a satellite image is downloaded, WXtoImg, a satellite decoding software, is used to decode and publish it on this website.

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