In a very short span, Akshay’s weather forecasts caught the attention of executives of leading newspapers like Tarun Bharat. He took up this challenging role and started disseminating his weather forecasts through regular newspaper columns – first of its kind in India. These trends setting weather forecasts were extremely popular and had a mass readership. With high responsibility roles in several organizations, he has got hands-on experience in not only meteorology but also leadership, strategic planning, and disaster management. During his stint as an intern at the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, he worked on creating climate security in India by proposing a revamp to weather forecasting in India. His association with the Government of Maharashtra as an independent meteorological advisor played an instrumental role in saving lives and crop damage from high-impact weather events such as severe thunderstorms and flooding.
Seeing how the weather impacts the society from a close range during his forecasting work, Akshay chose meteorology over astronomy as a professional career. He headed to the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom in 2016 for pursuing a Master of Research in Climate and Atmospheric Science. He joined a Ph.D. program at the Department of Meteorology, the University of Reading, the United Kingdom in 2018.
Over the years, Akshay’s weather forecasts and views on meteorological aspects have featured in several newspapers, news websites, radio interviews, and magazines. His abilities have been appreciated through awards such as the Young Achievers Award by Lokmat Media Group in 2012 and the Late B. Mardikar memorial award in 2015.