Want to plan a trip? Want to know about the weather forecast? Tune in to B Sai Praneeth's weather channel.
Popularly known as 'Andhra Pradesh Weatherman', Praneeth has become a household name with his prompt weather updates on social media. This winter, he is also best at suggesting coolest weekend getaways for tourists.
Hailing from Tirupati city of Chittoor district, B Sai Praneeth has been working as a software engineer with a reputed firm in Bengaluru. His passion for studying weather conditions started in class VI.
"My grandparents stay in Vizag. Whenever I visit the city, I go to the beach and gaze at the clouds. When I was pursuing Electrical Engineering at Anna University, I started studying clouds, radar images, and weather conditions prevailing. Chennai being home to many weather bloggers, gave me scope to interact with them", says Praneeth
It took almost six years for Praneeth to start a weather updates page on social media networks, providing accurate weather updates. From 100 followers in August 2020, his weather updates have now reached 60k followers on social media. "This winter season is the best time to expose the best toursit spots of Andhra Pradesh mainly Vizag agency. As far I heard the comments from people, my updates have been very useful for them to plan the trip. Every Monday, I get calls and messages from people thanking for the best time they had because of me", says Praneeth.
During Monsoon, Praneeth uploads videos and status on Dams and Reservoirs across AP, so when a dam is about to be released, he notifies people so that people can go and enjoy the view.
It also took the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who follows his weather page on Twitter. Modi introduced Praneeth as software engineer from Andhra Pradesh, who has creatively put technology to use to help many farmers across Andhra Pradesh whose livelihoods have been affected due to a lack of real-time weather updates.
Praneeth's work was appreciated and recorded in the UN-Habitat journal which was published in June 2021.
"I got an opportunity to present my views at the UN-Habitat convention in June 2020. The journal featured my work. It said my weather blog and website have a significant following among rural farmers. In July, I got appreciation from PM Narendra Modi, who spoke about me during 'Mann ki Baat'", says Praneeth.
Many might have wondered how a software engineer is taking his time to handle such a big task. Waking up at 5.30 am, he takes 1-2 hours time to prepare and analyze the daily weather to post on social media. Praneeth uses automated data to gather relevant weather information from various websites. He posts daily and weekly weather updates and forecasts on his social media handle including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
He takes his leisure time at the office to go through the radar images from his mobile and alert people on weather conditions. Supporting Praneeth, his sister Prathyusha helps in editing and posting videos on social media.
"It is not very easy to give weather updates. I created my own code for easy understanding of weather changes in AP. After the recent Gulab cyclone, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also appreciated my efforts", says. Praneeth.