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Cold & foggy mornings

india Updated: Dec 17, 2006 01:10 IST
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WEATHER, BOTH in feel and in statistics, turned normal as winter finally found its fangs. Early mornings and late nights are now foggy and late morning and early evenings are hazy. Temperatures have retracted from the higher sides of the thermometer. There is moisture in air and cold winds are driving in towards UP, said Director, MET Department (Amausi Airport) KP Kulsreshtha.

“The anti-cyclonic circulations that had been preventing temperature to fall have waned completely. A cyclonic circulation brings outside air inside, while an anti-cyclonic circulation pushes inside wind outside there by it prevents outside air coming inside. So, cold winds were not being able to come in due to the anti-cyclonic circulation,” he said.

As the anti-cyclonic circulation waned some rain appeared recently and brought moisture into the air. Fog has become persistent and the weatherman forecasts that fog may start getting even thicker in next few days. “This year’s winter is turning better than last year’s when there was no fog, now we have started having fog. Conditions are normal at present,” he said.

Thrown off the track
OWING TO fog cover, train movement is being affected too. Reasons varied from snapping of tracks due to cold, failure in signal points and poor visibility. This left many passengers in distress, as they had to wait for trains running behind schedule in the uncomfortable cold.

On Saturday, trains coming from Delhi, Agra, Moradabad, Jhansi and Gorakhpur ran late. Due to fog, Saryu-Yamuna Express came late by nine hours, Gorakhdhaam came two hours late, Shaheed Express was four hours late, Barauni Mail seven hours, Varanasi Passenger seven hours and Gorakhpur-Banglore Express came in three hours late. On other hand, due to snapping of tracks because of cold, movement of trains on the Hardoi-Lucknow route remained disrupted for several hours.Air traffic fogged

Flights disrupted
SUDDEN fog conditions in the wee-hours of  Saturday led to disruption in arrival and departure of  four flights at the Amausi Airport. Delhi-bound flights of Indian, Jet Airways and Air Sahara were delayed for take-off by at least an hour as the visibility on the runway fell below 100 metres, airport sources informed.

The Air India flight to Jeddah from Amausi airport was also delayed due to dense fog conditions prevailing during the morning hours. The normal air traffic resumed after 11.15 am at the airport, sources said.

Amausi airport’s approach landing system is CAT II-compliant but the runway visibility was far below the visual range for pilots to take off or even land in the morning hours. The pilots need to be at least CAT II certified for landing or take off in poor visibility conditions.

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