Observatory, Calcutta (founded 1877)
disastrous tropical cyclone struck Calcutta in 1864 and this was followed
by failures of the monsoon rains in 1866 and 1871. In the year 1875,
the Government of India established the India Meteorological Department,
bringing all meteorological work in the country under a central authority.
Mr. H. F. Blanford was appointed Meteorological Reporter to the Government
of India. The first Director General of Observatories was Sir John Eliot
who was appointed in May 1889 at Calcutta headquarters. The headquarters
of IMD were later shifted to Shimla, then to Poona (now Pune) and finally
to New Delhi.